You come in early, work late, and commit years of study to providing care to your patients. You celebrate with patients, cry with them, and work tirelessly to provide the highest possible levels of care. You want to keep helping people and you want to do your job with dignity and respect, but you're noticing that stress and fatigue are taking over.
Your work puts you in situations where you see or hear suffering on a daily basis. It is not unusual to see even the most skilled, caring, and compassionate helpers fall victim to empathy fatigue, burnout, and severe stress. We can fathom the suffering of a few, but being exposed to so much can numb us.
As a psychotherapist, I understand the unique challenges faced by helping professionals. I empathize with the overwhelming workload and decision-making involved in being a helper. Counseling can help you maintain a successful career and achieve balanced mental health.
Mother Teresa Understood
She wrote in her plan to her superiors that it was mandatory for her nuns to take an entire year off from their duties every 4-5 years to allow them to heal from the effects of their care-giving work.
HOW COUNSELING CAN HELP
Improve your sleep, concentration, and overall health
Find your own hidden sources of energy and healing power
Stay committed to career goals or your personal mission
Reduce stress and feelings of anger, apathy, and sadness
Transform the negative impact of your work
Find meaning in your work again
Clarify your personal boundaries
Learn how to be kind to yourself
Take positive action to change your environment
Develop awareness and healthy self-care routines
Learn how to honor your own needs and interest
Develop patterns of behavior that support your health
Improve daily functioning and let go of unhealthy habits
Connect deeply with things that bring you a sense of joy
Gain awareness of what restores and replenishes you
Learn ways to acknowledge loss and grief
Explore your identity, worldview, or spirituality
Take action before your health suffers
Learn effective ways to communicate with coworkers