Healthcare professionals face a unique set of challenges and stressors that can significantly impact physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. When one or more of these areas are impaired, the professional’s ability to function at an optimal level and to maintain a feeling of health and wellness are also impaired.
That said, therapy can help. Therapy is a private, confidential and quiet place to land. It is a carved-out block of time just for you, where you can be the receiver of compassionate care. You will have the undivided attention of someone whose sole job is to listen, provide support and to offer guidance for navigating whatever you are going through. It’s a place to release and unburden all the weight that you carry as a healthcare professional without fear of reprisal or judgment. It is also a place to recenter and refresh so that you can carry on in your work with a clearer sense of purpose and confidence.
Common issues that you may be facing:
- Chronic understaffing in the workplace and other system inefficiencies
- Institutional or insurance policies shifting attention away from patients and limiting treatment options
- Moral distress or injury from decisions you’ve felt pressure to make that didn’t align with what your experience and professional knowledge indicated
- Fear of malpractice lawsuits
- Pressure from colleagues or administrators, patients or families
- Workplace-related bullying or competitiveness
- A lack of physical or psychological safety at work
- Worry about transmitting infection to loved-ones
- Vicarious trauma from caring for critically ill patients and excessive exposure to death
- Lack of breaks at work, long shifts, heavy workloads, being on call, and the inability to take leave
- Inability to relax or de-stress
- Increased use of substances (or other behaviors) to cope, wind down or escape
- Sleep disturbances and fatigue
- Suicidal thoughts or gestures
- A reluctance to seek support due to the stigma of asking of for help or the fear of losing your medical license
It’s hard to imagine that any healthcare professional isn’t facing at least several of the above issues, on any given day, and that time for self-care is in short supply. Add in juggling family responsibilities, a partner or a beloved pet to this long list, and it’s even more difficult to navigate life with what feels like any sense of balance, fun or ease.
If having a trusted professional to confide in, is something you might benefit from, please reach out to schedule a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to email or call me with any questions you may have. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
If you are currently in crisis and are having thoughts of suicide you can receive immediate help from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit their website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.