I love being in the fields of mental health and addiction. I love working with people with mental illness and addiction for many reasons. On a personal level, I find my work rewarding because I am constantly being challenged to grow not only as a therapist, but as a human being.

Like many, I went into the field because I like people and want to connect with them and help them. But sometimes, especially in my work, it seems like paperwork takes over. I can’t say I love the bureaucracy that goes along with the territory, though it’s necessary. Even in private practice (which I’m currently not in) there can be piles of paperwork.

There are all sorts of reason for burnout including the intensity of clinical work, juggling the money aspect of being in private practice, the piles of paperwork, friction between colleagues, difficult bosses, and so on.

Whether you are in private practice or work in a program, burnout can occur.

What burns you out?