Burnout

Therapist, Your Pain Matters Too

Battling Burnout with Boundaries

When mental health professionals compare their problems to that of their clients, they risk falling into the trappings of comparative suffering and missing the... Read more

A therapist reflects on all the ways the profession lends itself to burnout and what you can do to combat that. Read more

Point of View January 7, 2022

Burnout and the Body

Emily Nagoski on Naming the Real Enemy

Self-care has long been touted as a panacea for burnout. Emily Nagoski has a different solution. Read more

Clinician's Quandary March 30, 2021

When Therapy Stalls Out

Five Tips for Getting Out of the Rut

A therapist has been working with a client for eight years but fears that their progress has stalled. Five therapists weigh in on how to proceed. Read more

Managing Therapist Burnout

Eight Tips for Resetting in 2021

How do we hit the reset button as we begin a new year? Research on burnout across professions says the answer isn’t less work but rather more meaning and an... Read more

Clinician's Quandary November 11, 2020

Out of Office

Therapists’ Passions and What They Teach Us about Practice
Psychotherapy Networker

Therapists aren’t just therapists. We’re people, with interests, hobbies, and passions that not only give us fulfilment outside of work, but enhance our... Read more

Five Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

. . . And the One Question You Should Always Ask Your Clients

Whether they’ve been practicing for three months or three decades, therapists are continuously honing their craft. But much of what we learn through trial... Read more

The Sabbatical

Discovering My Self on a Car Lot

After an unusual break from practice, a burnt-out young clinician learns to finally feel at home in the therapist’s chair. Read more

Clinician's Quandary August 6, 2019

I’m Feeling Burned Out

Five Clinicians Give Their Advice
Psychotherapy Networker

Recently, a therapist has found herself losing steam. She mentally checks out when clients are talking, and constantly feels exhausted. She worries this... Read more

Creating a Web of Connection

Therapists in Search of Community

Therapists are always on the lookout for new approaches and techniques. But in a profession with alarming rates of burnout and professional isolation, the best... Read more

Throughout history, for most people it was just expected that work was a difficult, tedious, underpaying, and often soul-killing grind. But in today’s world... Read more

Burnout Reconsidered

What Supershrinks Can Teach Us

Jessica, a counselor in her mid-30’s, works at a large, public mental health clinic in a major metropolitan area. Her workday begins early, the alarm... Read more

Little and Often

Using Micro-Practices for Self-Care

It was a series of upending life events over a period of years—some bad, some good, all unexpected and disorienting—that gradually propelled me into a... Read more

Don't Go It Alone

The Power of Focusing Partnerships

It’s not exactly a state secret: most of us become therapists because we want to help people. We want to help them feel less alone with their pain and find... Read more

Seeking the Silence

Wilderness Solitude Opens New Doorways into the Self

At an age when many are sticking even closer to their couches and remote controls, a restless soul decides to seize his last chance to explore the wilderness... Read more

Technotrap

When Work Becomes Your Second Home

Relentless stress in the high-tech workplace of the 21st century is taking an unprecedented toll on our emotional lives and our capacity to wind down at the... Read more

Riding Out the Storm

A therapist's guide to surviving burnout

Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving burnout Read more