Counseling for Burnout

Are you feeling like a battery that won’t hold its charge anymore? It might be burnout.

Many of us are all-too-familiar with the feeling of burnout — that run down, barely hanging on, run-over-by-a-truck feeling that too often goes along with our modern work lives. 

When you’re burned out, you know the status quo isn’t working and it isn’t sustainable. But it’s also difficult to imagine how things can get better. Maybe you find yourself fantasizing about quitting your job, or even finding a new career altogether, but it’s just not practical right now. And you’re too exhausted to even think about updating your CV, let alone interviewing. 

Maybe you’ve already tried meditation apps, or read a self-help book, or gone to a self-care workshop at work. And it helped, a little. Especially at first. But it’s not enough. Because the situation creating burnout is still there, seemingly draining the life right out of you.

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Burnout Isn’t Just About Overwork

Think of a time in your life where you were doing something that felt super challenging in a good way. What made that different from the type of challenge that causes burnout? 

Chances are, it wasn’t just long hours that made the difference. In fact, when we’re feeling excited by a project in our personal and professional lives, we may work long hours and maintain a sense of being energized and inspired. Yes, we still get tired and we need rest and breaks. But we don’t get to that place where we’re like a battery that won’t hold a charge. 

So if burnout isn’t just about working too much, what is it? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. 

The good news is that you’re not to blame—many of the things creating burnout in our professional lives are related to modern work culture, not any personal flaw or deficit. Dysfunctional interpersonal dynamics, lack of autonomy, poor support, and lack of clarity around expectations all contribute to burnout for employees. Some of our clients have even found themselves in workplace situations that cross the line into physical, mental, or sexual abuse, compounding burnout with trauma.

The bad news is that unless you’re in a real position of power in your organization, the issues creating burnout probably aren’t going away anytime soon. So…now what?

Featured Blog: When It’s More Than Burnout – Recognizing Trauma in the Workplace

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Counseling for Burnout at Stella Nova

Counseling for burnout often blends support for coping with the situation today, with help navigating towards a future where you feel more empowered, effective, and inspired. Your therapist may offer support for finding clarity on big decisions, learning new skills with boundary setting and communication, or managing the inner critic that’s been especially loud lately. We can also help you reconnect with the goals, activities, and values that bring a spark of energy and purpose to your life. 

If you think you may be experiencing burnout, a Stella Nova therapist can help. We specialize in therapy for women and nonbinary professionals across a wide variety of industries and experiences, from students preparing to launch their careers, to folks at the top of their game, to mid-life career changers and more. Our diverse team includes therapists with different backgrounds, approaches, and expertise so that we can offer a great match for you.

Meet Stella Nova Therapists Offering Counseling for Burnout

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ALEXIS LOPEZ, PSYD

Burnout in graduate students & professional women of color

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MEGAN SULLIVAN-TUBA, AMFT

Artists, musicians & creative professional burnout

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SHIANLING WEEKS, PHD

Burnout support for parents and professionals

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AMELIA JAYANTY. PSYD

Burnout in caregivers & adult children of immigrants

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SAHAR DORANI, PSYD

Burnout in high-achievers & healthcare professionals

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RONA MAGLIAN, PSYD

Navigating burnout with a chronic health condition

Connect with a Stella Nova Burnout Therapist, with Services Online Throughout California

If you’re ready to start feeling like yourself again, we invite you to reach out to Stella Nova today.

We offer a free, 20-minute phone consultation where we’ll get to know a little bit about your current concerns, goals, and preferences, so that we can match you with a great-fit therapist who can help. It’s a commitment-free way to learn more about our resources and get your questions answered. (And if we can’t help, we’re always happy to refer you to someone who can.) Appointments are limited so schedule your free consultation today!

COVID-19 Note: We are currently offering services online throughout California via secure video. Local clients may opt to transition to in-person care when we reopen our San Francisco office mid-2022. 

 

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Are you curious about counseling for burnout or work stress?

Set up a free, 20-minute consultation to get matched with a Stella Nova therapist today!

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Other Services at Stella Nova

We don’t just offer counseling for burnout and work stress! Stella Nova offers a range of services to support the mental health needs of women and nonbinary professionals, including the unique needs of women of color. We also serve couples of all genders! Learn more about online therapy for anxiety, chronic pain, trauma and more.