Demands of High Stress Jobs
Helping professionals provide support to mental health and medical providers, teachers, clergy, coaches, first responders, etc., all of whom deal daily with high stress in relationship-intense environments.
You know the old saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Shoot, you spend half of your work week reminding others of it. Inside, you know that to be a good helping professional, you need to take care of yourself first. But for some reason, you just can’t implement it.
Finding Balance in a High Stress Profession
Dealing daily with high stress in a relationship-intense environment is taking its toll. You’re tired of feeling emotionally exhausted, disenchanted with your work, and out of balance in your personal life – but you’re unclear about the right steps to take to fix it.
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
~M. Scott Peck
Lonely in Leadership
Whether you are a department chair, VP of a hospital, or head of a business, leadership can be lonely. You may catch yourself feeling like you’re supposed to be at the top of your game – and know you’re not.
You don’t know where to go for help. You know not to barf down, and yet your stress is bleeding into your home and work life. You’re exhausted, can’t turn off the anxious refrains that spin late into the night making it tough to sleep. You can’t afford a breakdown, and they are counting on you.
You’re afraid you’ll lose your job. You don’t want to make a mistake in dealing with your colleagues. You don’t know how to turn this around, and yet you love your work. You aren’t sure whether to leave or stay; and no matter what, your options seem to keep pointing at you needing to change something.
People say you’re defensive or out of touch with their needs, and yet you don’t see the issues about which they are talking.
Homelife a Casualty
Things aren’t any better at home. Your partner feels distant, your teens are disconnected and disrespectful, and you are dealing with personal health issues from the stress and years of not taking care of yourself.
You might be avoiding going home at night, drinking too much, and lacking resources.
The situation is so confounding that you know you don’t see both sides any more. It all feels like it’s going to fall apart any day, and you know why – but you just can’t face it alone.
“The burnout is the recovery. It’s like a friend who’s been on your side
through it all – totally on your side, truly on your side – and out of love
takes you so that you literally lie flat on your back.
It’s trying to rest you into yourself, put you into your center
and into who you really are, and drench you in love.”
~Quote in Joy of Burnout, p. 72
Supporting Yourself through Therapy
We can help you transform the way you understand yourself and your impact on others – and recover from burnout. Using an integrated experiential approach informed by research and best practices, we teach helpers how to help themselves.
Dr. Estrella offers one-on-one therapy and runs a special coaching group on a weekly basis. It is designed to help you reconnect with your passion for life. She’s no stranger to burnout, having started a second Masters/Ph.D. program at 30, married with two children, and while becoming a licensed therapist with a thriving private practice by 37!
Dr. Estrella is a firm believer that while there is no ONE perfect way to recover from burnout, there is power in taking a willing stand to welcome in and begin to relate to our life in a new way. She knows what it’s like to burn the candle at both ends or to struggle to keep snarky comments inside when beyond exhausted.
She’s reached out for help and mentorship many times in her career and really enjoys when others take her up on the offer to work through a tough transition together.
Moving through your struggles means one more authentic, responsible practitioner that we can gratefully refer to in the long run.
She combines interventions from ACT Therapy and Mindfulness, trauma stewardship approach, and life coaching to help you uncover and prioritize your own unmet needs as well as others.
Support Provided by Psychiatry
If you are feeling immobilized by your anxiety or depression, or unable to function, Dr. Schaepper and Dr. Buckman offer one-on-one psychiatric and psychotherapy services.
Sometimes we need to get the medical support to help us sleep, get up, or see a new possibility. And you can rest assured that not only have they been there, they’ve coached many others just like you, at all levels of the helping professional food chain.
They know what it’s like struggling to get by in grad school, raise kids in residency, deal with the responsibilities of being the boss or professor, and even raising kids in residency!
Group Coaching: Passionate Practitioners Group
“We all need support at times!” To learn more about a supportive group geared toward helping professionals that want to rediscover that patience and eagerness for work and life again, see our Groups & Workshops page.
You can count on us to provide a caring, straightforward, and strength-based approach to get you there. Call to reignite your passion for service today!