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Burnout in Counsellors and Psychotherapists: How Supervisors Can Identify, Support, and Prevent It

Psychotherapists and counsellors dedicate themselves to supporting others, but this emotionally demanding work can take a toll. Burnout, and the related concept of compassion fatigue, are serious concerns for the mental health field. Supervisors hold a unique position to identify signs of burnout in their supervisees, foster a supportive environment, and promote preventative strategies. This … Read More

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Understanding Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: A Guide for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

In the demanding world of therapy and counselling, professionals walk a tightrope between empathy and self-preservation. The emotional labor inherent in this work can lead to a sense of depletion, often described by terms like “burnout,” “compassion fatigue,” and “vicarious trauma.” This blog post for therapists aims to provide clarity on these definitions, helping you … Read More