Often, self-care can sound like a 'nice to have', something we do when we have the time. But for counsellors, it's an ethical consideration.
- Burnout in new therapists is linked closely to emotional overload and a sense of not being effective or good enough, which isn't just something new counsellors get, we all feel it!
- Burnout is the result of job stress stemming from the numerous emotional hazards of the profession.
- It affects most counsellors, psychotherapists, or mental health workers at some point in their careers.
- It is not reserved for the seasoned-older therapists; it can strike therapists earlier in their careers as well.
So, let's look specifically at why it happens to counsellors and what steps you can take to prevent it.