Self Care of the Therapist Pamphlet

It is important for therapists to take care of themselves. They are at risk for burnout and/or compassion fatigue.  Here are some common signs of burnout/fatigue:

Feelings of being overextended

Spending less time with clients

Being late or absent from work

Making professional errors

Being hypercritical of others

Depersonalizing patients

Making sarcastic comments

Keeping poor records

Questioning life /profession

Energy Depletion

Most  at risk:

*Public-sector mental health providers (Melamed, Szor, & Bernstein, 2001; Vredenburgh, Carlozzi, & Stein, 1999)

*Large caseload size , long hours, high levels of institutional stress (Creamer & Liddle, 2005; Stamm, 1997)

*Younger clinicians (Adams et al., Harrington, 2001;Nelson-Gardell & Harris, 2003; Vredenburgh et al., 1999)

*Inexperienced clincians (Cunningham, 2003) & medical-model practicioners (Sprang, Clark, & Whitt-Woosley, 2007)

*Female clincians  (Sprang, Clark, & Whitt-Woosley, 2007)

*Personal trauma history (Cunningham, 2003; Nelson-Gardell & Harris, 2003)

*Rural providers (Meldrum et al., 2002).

*High percentages of : trauma patients ( Creamer & Liddle, 2005); sexual offenders  (Steed & Bicknell, 2001)

Open brochure for a self care assessment and ideas about how to put some gas back in your tank!

self care of therapist brochure

The Key Counseling of SA

1 comment
  1. Thanks for sharing the signs of burnout/fatigue.It is best to for therapists to answer or assist their health problems first before their patient’s needs.

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