As a mental health counsellor, you’re a healer, a guru, a guiding light to many. Therapy clients put their trust in you as someone who can hold, heal and transform their vulnerabilities. See the light through their pain and darkness. While coaching your clients, you’re often viewed as all-knowing, balanced and robust. You’ve already seen and heard a lot during your work with mental health. With your level of expertise and experience, you feel secure in yourself. It would have to take something big to knock you from your place.
Even counsellors need counselling sometimes.
It’s true. Whether or not you want to believe it every day, you’re also human. Trials in life happen to mental health workers. Just because you’re in a helping profession doesn’t mean you’re invincible to stress, trauma, and loss. Also, just because you’re a coach, counsellor or therapist, doesn’t mean you should work it all out on your own. When you’re the one who’s personally affected, you too, may need someone there to be a guiding light for you. Burnout happens to us all too often.
Does this sound like you?
- High expectations for yourself so you keep working and giving to others
- Feel you can’t say no, reduce your workload or take a break because “my clients need me”
- Worried about being judged and fear you may be too unwell to work, deemed unfit to practise, or struck off the register
- Believe you should already have all the tools in life so admitting to needing help only fuels your imposter syndrome and feelings of failure
When trauma strikes, your knowledge, skills and years of experience can somehow leave you completely. And make you feel like an empty shell of a being. Even with the best professional support network by your side, it’s still possible to feel too close to what some of your clients are going through. You know about transference and over-identification so you know it would be too risky for you to just keep going.
Refill Your Cup
Is it possible to instill strength in anyone when you yourself are crumbling silently on the inside? Running on empty is never a good idea. Logically, you know this. So it’s time to practice what you preach. Begin to consider how a burnout therapist could help. Redirecting your care and attention to yourself may feel difficult at first when you’re used to focusing your energy on others. Nonetheless, it’s essential to give yourself the same level of self-care you encourage your clients to give to themselves.
Your inner self is hurting.
Give your inner wounded healer permission to be nourished and supported when times feel tough. You can be more at peace with your struggles and challenges which are unique to your profession and personal situation by working with an experienced, trauma-informed therapist. I understand the impact of trauma, compassion fatigue, PTSD and secondary PTSD. Having worked with other mental health professionals, and being a therapist myself, I understand the level of empathy required for your role and the complexities that go with not being in the best place with your own mental health.
What is Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists
When working with other mental health professionals, the approach has to be a little different. Therapy for helpers will consider the experiences that are unique to individuals working as Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists. If you’re working in mental health and wellness, you are constantly absorbing other people’s insecurities, emotional distress, and trauma. In a job that requires you to be an Empath, you are at greater risk for developing compassion fatigue or being traumatised vicariously by what you hear on a regular basis. Together, we look at how you’re personally impacted and how you’re coping. We get to the core of what causes you the most stress. Oftentimes, we will include one or more ways of working in the following approaches below.
Trauma Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists
Counselling for therapists needs to look a little different than what you see every day. Trauma Therapy helps you process direct trauma and indirect trauma so you can feel stronger and more resilient in the face of trauma. Some of the ways we tend to internalise the trauma we hear includes:
- Absorbing, over-empathising and over-identifying.
- Adding the issues your clients share to those you are already dealing with in your life.
- Confusing or blurring the two roles and perspectives, which you know can be risky.
Stress and Burnout Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists
For coaches and counsellors who spend so much time working to help others, Stress and Burnout Therapy helps you look at the various stressors from work and how you can lead a more balancing life. Do you deal with these common professional issues?
- A large caseload
- Not having enough time for notes and reflection
- Carrying your ‘client’s stuff’ into your home space
These are common demands of your job, yet sometimes you assume more responsibility than you ought to as a mental health professional. You do not have to carry this load alone. Counselling for therapists in Central London is available for you.
Relationship Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists
Relationship Therapy helps you leave work at work so you’re fully present when you’re at home. Repair your relationships and strengthen your bonds with your nearest and dearest. Do you find yourself:
- Struggling in your own internal world
- Feeling unable to be fully present around others
- Not wanting to trouble those you love
When you’re deep in your own thoughts and emotions, your feelings of fear and shame sometimes stop you from reaching out and connecting with others. We can work through this very common relationship issue in therapy.
Dramatherapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists
Coaches, counsellors and therapists are so smart, yet we can often downplay our personal needs. These needs manifest in different ways in our brain and body that can ultimately be toxic. Dramatherapy helps you express and process what gets trapped in your mind and body so you can be free in your thoughts and feelings. Perhaps you are:
- Not feeling like your usual self
- Feeling cut off from your emotions
- Starting to feel bad about ‘feeling bad’
- Feeling numbed and trapped by guilt and shame
Dramatherapy can help therapists and coaches release those feelings which stop you from being able to express yourself, to be heard by others. Counsellors who need therapy could consider dramatherapy for mental health professionals in Central London to explore a new way to heal.
Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists helps address:
- anxiety and depression
- compassion fatigue, secondary / vicarious trauma
- low self-esteem, low self-worth, feelings of imposter syndrome
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists helps you:
- release and express anxiety and worrying thoughts, feelings and actions
- process stressful and traumatic material from work
- build inner-strength and resilience from within
Begin Therapy for Coaches, Counsellors and Therapists in London
When you’re ready to get the help you need, I’m here. My goal for working with therapists is to help you stay strong so you can continue to heal, transform and make a difference in people’s lives. If this speaks to you as a mental health professional, follow these simple steps:
- Schedule your free, 20-minute phone consultation.
- Connect with a therapist who is trauma-informed and sensitive to your needs.
- Regain a sense of wholeness and become yourself again.
Other YTherapy Counselling Services
From my Angel and Farringdon clinic offices, I offer all of the specialised services described above. In addition to helping other mental health professionals, I also work with a wide range of adults and professionals in various other helping services. Individuals from these fields often include health and social care workers and first responders. Helping others get well for months and years means it’s time for someone to help you. I would be honoured to be that person.
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