Counseling for Burnout
Helping burnt out women find their purpose again.
You’re exhausted. All day you work to care for your patients, your students, your clients. You give everything you have, and no one seems to appreciate it. Too many consecutive days at work, unpaid work time, too little pay, and not enough safety precautions… It’s like no one even cares that you’re running yourself into the ground.
The work doesn’t stop when you get home either. Whether it’s pets, your partner, kids, aging parents, or some random person from the Internet, someone always needs your help. You have to clean, cook, and run errands. When do you even get a break??
You used to have goals and hobbies. But those things have fallen by the wayside. Sometimes, you aren’t even sure you know who you are anymore outside of your helping roles. You’d love to be yourself again, but you aren’t really sure who that is.
You’ve been holding on as long as you can, but you’re fucking tired. Calling in sick seems like a great idea, after all, you can’t seem to get your head to stop hurting. In reality though, you’re sick of work. And that shows up in both your attitude and your work performance.
You're so done.
If you keep going like this, you’re fairly convinced that you’ll be jobless and alone. You worry that your partner or friends will leave you because you’re irritated with everything. And with your work performance declining, it’s just a question of whether you quit first of you get fired.
It doesn't have to be like that.
Imagine this… your job is still the chaotic shit show it has always been, but it fulfills you again. Rather than always feeling exhausted, you actually feel refreshed after your time off. You can sleep again and you aren’t always on edge and irritated.
The people in your life outside work respect your needs. You aren’t always running around like a chicken with your head cut off. And perhaps most importantly, you feel like you actually have time to do stuff outside of work.
Counseling for burnout can help.
I’m Regina Marie Stiffler, LPC, and I know what it’s like to struggle through burnout. I also know that sometimes it feels like there’s no way out. But I found a way through burnout, and I believe that you can too. But you don’t have to do it alone. Let me help.
I look at counseling for burnout as a collaborative venture. If something isn’t working for you or you’re having some sort of inner dialogue about therapy, I encourage you to talk to me about it. Therapy isn’t one size fits all so your feedback is so important! I send surveys after every session to check in with how you felt the session went and offer you an opportunity to give feedback without telling me to my face.
As a professional, it’s hard to find time to see a therapist. I offer telehealth sessions to make it easier to access sessions. A limited number of Sunday sessions are also available for those that cannot meet during the week. And since plans sometimes change, I offer the flexibility that if you need to late cancel a session, you can reschedule within the same week (Monday through Sunday) to avoid a fee.
You want a therapist who is going to be real with you. I won’t just show up as a real person, make-up free with all my flaws. Instead, I’ll also acknowledge that sometimes things just suck. You don’t need someone to tell you it’s sunshine and roses when it’s actually a sack of flaming shit. And yet, I’ll also help you notice the sunshine and roses.
It’s normal to have reservations when you are thinking about something as significant as counseling. These are some of the most common questions women have before starting counseling for burnout.
How do you know counseling will help?
I could give you some crap about how great therapy is and there’s no way it won’t work. But that’s not my style. What I can tell you is that what you’ve been doing isn’t working. It’s time to try something else. I can also tell you that at a minimum, counseling will give you at least 50 minutes every week that someone will give you undivided attention. If nothing else, you can vent about all the demands in your life without worrying about hurt feelings.
What does counseling for burnout look like?
Usually, we will start with a period of assessment and getting to know each other. Then, we’ll move to learning how to stabilize and manage your feelings of stress. Next, we will help you be very clear about your purpose in live and you can work through whether your current job will help you live up to that purpose. The final stage to address burnout is building your resiliency and support system so that you don’t reach the same level of stress in the future.
How long will you be in therapy?
The minimum anticipated number of sessions for counseling for burnout is six sessions. However, therapy is a very individualized experience and while one person may feel relief after 6 sessions, most people prefer to have ongoing support as they implement the things they learned during the first 6 sessions. Some others find that their feelings are resulting from more than just burnout. If you discover that you are also living with depression, PTSD, or anything else, you may benefit from more than the minimal sessions.
How much will it cost?
Of course you want to know how much counseling for burnout will cost you! Finances are important. While session length varies depending on your preferences, I typically recommend 50 minute sessions. These sessions would then be $140. A sliding scale is available. Please see our FAQs for full information about session fees.
You will receive a “good faith estimate” prior to your intake session which will outline what you can reasonably expect to pay for sessions through the year. If you have questions about this estimate, please feel free to ask.