Professional Burnout


Are you struggling to find satisfaction in your work? Do you feel less fulfilled, more frustrated, and mentally exhausted? Burnout may have you feeling a sense of dread about your work day. Everyone experiences work difficulties from time to time. That’s normal! But, periods of prolonged work-related stress can really impact one’s mental and physical well-being.

Signs and Symptoms of Professional Burnout

You may be at risk of burnout if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Your “To Do” list at work feels never ending; you can’t keep up.
  • Your responsibilities change frequently.
  • Your boss micromanages you, disrespects you, or doesn’t value your contributions to the organization.
  • You don’t feel like you’re compensated fairly.
  • You manage people or work with people who aren’t reliable; delegating is difficult and increases your stress.
  • You don’t feel that your boss understands your role or your workload, causing miscommunication and frustration.
  • You check email even when you’re “off the clock.”
  • You can’t remember the last “good day” you had at work.
  • You don’t feel like you have work-life balance.
  • You work closely with difficult coworkers on a daily basis.
  • You feel extreme resentment toward work.
  • You wish you could quit, you feel apathetic, and you don’t know what to do about it.

People who experience burnout may:

  • Experience self-doubt
  • Lack motivation
  • Display increased irritability and/or negativity
  • Feel defeated or trapped in their work
  • Struggle to get out of bed on weekdays
  • Lose sight of what they’ve accomplished
  • Struggle to concentrate at work or procrastinate on difficult tasks
  • Experience physical symptoms such as stomach aches or trouble sleeping

Occupations that Experience Professional Burnout

Burnout can occur in just about any profession, but it is very common to see burnout in “helping professions,” such as:

  • Education
  • Nursing and other healthcare professions
  • Social work
  • Criminal justice / law enforcement
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Being a leader in your organization can also put you at risk of burnout, as the added stressors of leadership can be lonely and challenging. Regardless of your profession, the bottom line is this: Professional burnout can be a huge burden that impacts you and your loved ones, and you want to make a change.

Professional Counseling can Help

Fortunately, professional counseling is available to help you work through the burnout you’re experiencing. A counselor can use evidence-based treatment methods with proven strategies to help you live the life you want to live.

Professional counseling services will help you develop coping skills for managing the stressors of your current role. Goal-oriented and action-oriented approaches help you make the changes necessary for you to experience a healthier mental state.

You can also expect to talk about your eating and sleeping habits, and if you’re not practicing self-care, your counselor can provide practical options for you to integrate into your routines. Your counselor may also ask you about how your work life is affecting your spouse, immediate family, and/or friends, as burnout doesn’t operate in a “silo.” Thus, you can expect your counseling experience to also make a positive difference in your close relationships as well.

Begin Counseling for your Professional Burnout in Greenville SC

 Our team of skilled counselors is committed to staying up to date on the best strategies to help our clients achieve their goals. We use clinical strategies that have the best evidence behind them, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and interpersonal (relationship-based) approaches, such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). If you are ready to experience relief from burnout, reach out to Wellspring Counseling today to learn more about individual counseling services at our Greenville, SC counseling clinic.

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Other Counseling Services at Wellspring Counseling

Wellspring Counseling is a counseling clinic in Greenville, SC focused on being a source for improved emotional health and relationships. Therefore, we offer a wide range of mental health services, not only for treatment of professional burnout, but also anxiety treatment, depression treatment, christian counseling, online counseling, trauma therapy, marriage counseling, parent consulting, family counseling and counseling for teens & children.