We’re all feeling the burn

We know the importance of building support and community for our clients, but how can we provide this same foundation for our counselors, clinicians and therapists?

The burnout of mental health providers is at an all time high. Dr. Kevin Hopkins, a staff physician in the Department of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, explains this as “a combination of physical and emotional exhaustion that can lead to reduced effectiveness-either real or perceived.” The American Psychological Association found in 2018 that an approximated 21-61% of mental health practitioners were experiencing burn-out. And this is even before the pandemic (we’ll address those staggering numbers in a later post). 

In 2019, the World Health Organization officially categorized burn-out as an occupational phenomenon. To quote, “(burn-out) should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.” But regardless of the area of life that feels the imbalance, we know from our work that it can begin to trickle out if not addressed. Dr. Kiki, founder and CEO of Doctors Under the Radar stresses this last point: Burnout effects everyone.

What can be done to help?

Integrative Trauma Treatment Center (ITTC) looks at treating trauma and mental health as a whole through a collaborative and integrative lens, and it doesn’t stop at our clients. Through the growth of the center, there was a recognition of a growing need to support clinicians who were facing increased likelihood of experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout due to the recent strain on the mental health field.  

While there is no shortage of solutions that can be applied at an organizational level to increase the overall well-being of the employees, one area we can start to look at is reallocating resources and building out a collaborative team, a system of providers to tackle the issue of individual burn-out. To balance the tipping scales and calm the ripples.

As an agency, ITTC is taking a solution-focused approach for combating these experiences and is expanding that approach to a national level. Over the next year, ITTC will be launching the following programs that will be available on a nationwide scale to both clients and clinicians to build out the resources needed to improve not only the mental health of our clinicians, but increase access to quality care:

  • In-person & Distance Reiki: Now Available 
  • Group Therapy: Now open to our Portland community 
  • Trauma Coaching: Launching in June 
  • Client & Clinician Education: Coming soon!
  • Mental Health Professionals based Community: Now Available

By focusing our efforts on these resources, we can help create solutions that are in line with the need for togetherness, openness, boundaries and increased meaning as outlined in the research to support the psychological well-being of clinicians and mental health professionals.

We can only create lasting change together and we must work to support each other better along the way.