Working in mental health is often rewarding – it’s a powerful thing to be a holding space for others’ fears and hurts, and it’s so energizing to see our clients making progress, and knowing we had a hand in helping them get there.
However, this career can also be heart-breaking and discouraging at times. What do we do with all those stories of pain we hear? How are we supposed to enjoy our relationships and lives, knowing how much our clients suffer in theirs?
When clients DON’T progress, how much of that is our fault?
Mental health professionals are not bottomless pits of empathy and care. We do get emotionally drained and impatient, and we do get burned out. I know how scary and shameful burnout can feel. The best thing you can do for yourself (and your clients) is reach out for help and process through it, rather than trying to pretend it’s not there.
I very much enjoy working with professionals (especially those at the intern-level) who are struggling with compassion fatigue or burnout, or who simply want to better understand what it’s like to be in the client chair.
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