27 episodes

Are you a Therapist, Counselor, Coach, Psychologist, or Trauma Professional dealing with burnout or compassion fatigue? Do you own your private practice and it's full and you're miserable? Are you working with too many clients in an agency or group practice? Are you considering quitting the profession all together? If so, you've found the right podcast, we will answer the following questions: Am I suffering from burnout? What are the symptoms of therapist burnout? What other things can I do besides therapy or working 1:1 with clients? What other roles or jobs could I do after my career as a therapist or helper? What other business ideas can I explore besides private practice or agency work?

Therapist Burnout Podcast: Mental Health, Business, and Career Tips for Therapists, Counselors, & Psychologists Dr. Jen Blanchette

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Are you a Therapist, Counselor, Coach, Psychologist, or Trauma Professional dealing with burnout or compassion fatigue? Do you own your private practice and it's full and you're miserable? Are you working with too many clients in an agency or group practice? Are you considering quitting the profession all together? If so, you've found the right podcast, we will answer the following questions: Am I suffering from burnout? What are the symptoms of therapist burnout? What other things can I do besides therapy or working 1:1 with clients? What other roles or jobs could I do after my career as a therapist or helper? What other business ideas can I explore besides private practice or agency work?

    27. Why Therapists Fantasize About Working at Target: Burnout and Career Reframes

    27. Why Therapists Fantasize About Working at Target: Burnout and Career Reframes

    The title says it all! We're diving into the top reasons that you are not making and change, and why it's the right time to heal your burnout. Dr. Blanchette explores the complex emotions therapists face when contemplating a career change. She shares a viral LinkedIn post where many therapists expressed a desire to switch to less demanding jobs, such as working at a library or a bookstore. Jen emphasizes the importance of play, awe, and small moments of happiness in overcoming burnout. She dispels the myth that one should have a single 'dream career' and encourages therapists to consider career pivots without feeling broken. The episode also invites therapists to share their own burnout stories to foster community and support.
    TakeawaysFear of change is normal, but it shouldn't prevent therapists from making necessary career changes.Therapy is not the only calling, and it's okay to explore other interests and passions.Setting boundaries and making changes in your practice or career is not letting clients down; it's prioritizing your own well-being.It's important to identify what brings you joy and fulfillment in your work and seek opportunities that align with those experiences.Building a support team and seeking professional help is crucial for preventing and healing from burnout.Taking action sooner rather than later can prevent further mental and physical health issues and save time and money in the long run.
    More from Jen: https://drjenblanchette.com/love-it-or-leave-it-coaching/
    My Free Guide for therapists who are done with 1:1

    • 34 min
    26. What other jobs can therapists do other than therapy? Therapist turnover, burnout, and career options

    26. What other jobs can therapists do other than therapy? Therapist turnover, burnout, and career options

    Nearly half of therapists will end up leaving community mental health. Some are leaving entirely. So what else can we do for work?! The conversation covers three main categories: using clinical skills in a different way, utilizing therapy skills in non-clinical roles, and completely departing from the field of therapy. The host provides examples and suggestions for each category, including assessment work, working in a school setting, teaching adjunct courses, working in human resources, and exploring sales or marketing roles. The conversation emphasizes the importance of considering transferable skills and finding a job that aligns with personal interests and strengths.
    Keywords therapists, burnout, careers, quitting, therapy, transition, clinical skills, non-clinical roles, transferable skills
    Takeaways
    Therapists often experience financial strain and burnout, leading to high turnover rates in the field.There are various career options for therapists looking to transition out of therapy, including using clinical skills in different ways, utilizing therapy skills in non-clinical roles, and completely departing from the field.Examples of using clinical skills in different ways include assessment work, working in a school setting, and providing supervision or consultation.Examples of utilizing therapy skills in non-clinical roles include teaching adjunct courses, working in human resources, and exploring sales or marketing roles.Completely departing from the field of therapy can involve leveraging transferable skills in other industries, such as project management, real estate, or sales.It is important for therapists to consider their interests, strengths, and desired work-life balance when exploring career options outside of therapy.Titles
    Exploring Career Options for Therapists: Using Clinical Skills in Different WaysUtilizing Therapy Skills in Non-Clinical Roles: Teaching, Human Resources, and MoreSound Bites
    "Nearly half of therapists are leaving their jobs, it's the system's problem, not your own problem.""If you are in the throes of burnout, we need to find more ways for you to rest and replenish.""Career options for therapists: using clinical skills, therapy-adjacent roles, and complete departures."
    Grab my free money guide: https://balanced-thunder-281.myflodesk.com/tshwticuti

    • 23 min
    25. The Passion Paradox in Therapist Careers: Why Following Your Passion Might Be Bad Career Advice

    25. The Passion Paradox in Therapist Careers: Why Following Your Passion Might Be Bad Career Advice

    Ever felt that following your to become a therapist has led you to burning out and resenting your work? Or that you're not sure that becoming a therapist was the best choice for you. In today's episode, we're uncovering the truth behind the passion hypothesis and why your skills might trump your passion when it comes to finding career happiness.
    We delve into the controversial ideas presented in Cal Newport's book, "So Good They Can't Ignore You," and explore why the common advice to "follow your passion" might actually be leading us astray. If you're a therapist thinking about quitting your role or significantly changing your career, this discussion is especially for you.
    Key Takeaways:
    Passion vs. Skills:Cal Newport argues that following your passion is not the key to career satisfaction.Most people do not have pre-existing passions related to work.Developing skills and career capital is more important for job satisfaction.The Reality of Burnout:Burnout is a significant issue in the therapy profession, often exacerbated by the pressure to follow one's passion.Therapists may find themselves paralyzed by too many ideas and directions, leading to burnout.The Passion Hypothesis:The assumption that everyone has a pre-existing passion waiting to be discovered is flawed.Passions are often unrelated to work or education and tend to be hobby-like interests.Steve Jobs’ Misinterpreted Advice:While Steve Jobs advised to "do what you love," his own path to founding Apple was not driven by passion but by opportunity and skill development.Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness:According to Self-Determination Theory, these three factors are essential for intrinsic motivation at work.Therapists need to consider these elements to find fulfillment, especially in private practice where relatedness can be challenging.Career Capital:Building valuable skills and expertise in your field (career capital) is crucial.Passion can develop from becoming skilled and achieving mastery in your work.The Privilege of Choice:The ability to follow one’s passion is a privilege not everyone has.A more practical approach is to focus on developing skills that make you valuable in your career.Resources Mentioned:
    Book: "So Good They Can't Ignore You" by Cal NewportSelf-Determination Theory (SDT)Episode Quote: “Follow your passion might just be terrible advice. Focus on developing valuable skills and career capital to find true job satisfaction.”
    Send me an email I'd love to connect: info@drjenblanchette.com
    Links to my freebie and connect with a free consult call to Un*uck Your Practice: https://linktr.ee/drjenblanchette

    • 33 min
    24. The Ethics of Therapy Pricing: Money Roundup and July Previews

    24. The Ethics of Therapy Pricing: Money Roundup and July Previews

    Today, we're going to do a quick recap of June and give you a sneak peek of what’s coming in July. Last month, we dove deep into the topic of money. We explored money scripts, how therapists can move from money shame and financial burnout to awareness. If you missed it, definitely go back and check out episode 22—it’s full of great insights!
    Key Highlights from JuneMoney Scripts: In episode 22, we discussed how therapists can overcome money shame and financial burnout. This sparked a lively discussion on LinkedIn—if you’re not connected with me there, come find me! I post a lot of content there, and I’d love to chat with you. Just look up Jennifer Blanchett, licensed psychologist, host of the Therapist Burnout podcast.Therapists Judging Each Other: We also talked about how tough it can be out there in the therapy community. I shared a story about raising my fees during the pandemic and the backlash that came from some fellow therapists. It’s a reminder that we need to support each other and not tear each other down, especially when it comes to financial decisions.Ethical Principles: We touched on the ethical principles of social workers and psychologists, emphasizing that while we should strive to help others, there’s no enforceable rule that says we must take low fees or accept insurance. It’s about finding a balance that allows us to provide some pro bono services while also making a living.Upcoming in JulyTherapist Burnout Deep Dive: I’m excited (and a little nervous) to finally tackle a mega episode on therapist burnout. This has been on my mind for a while, and I want to break it down into three key points to avoid overwhelming you. We’ll look at why so many therapists are burning out, with a focus on administrative burdens and other contributing factors.LinkedIn Conversations: Our discussions on LinkedIn have been so rich and engaging. We’ve talked about the undervaluation of mental health work, the financial challenges therapists face, and the sacrifices we make early in our careers. If you haven’t joined the conversation, now’s the time!Looking Ahead to AugustSelf-Care: In August, we’ll dive into the concept of self-care, backed by research. I’m also planning to discuss the idea of “weaponized self-care”—the notion that if we just take more bubble baths or breaks, we can avoid burnout. Spoiler: it’s not that simple. We’ll explore realistic, research-backed ways to care for ourselves and prevent burnout.Stay ConnectedLinkedIn: I’m very active on LinkedIn, and it’s a great place to continue the conversation. Find me under Jennifer Blanchett, with two t’s and an e.Consult Calls: If you’re feeling stuck in your career, whether you’re considering starting a private practice, need help with burnout, or are thinking of leaving therapy for a while, I’m here to support you. Book your Career Refresh consult call to figure out the first steps in making a change here
    Email me: info@drjenblanchette.com

    • 26 min
    23. Unlocking Financial Stability for Therapists: Top Reasons Therapists struggle with Financial Burnout

    23. Unlocking Financial Stability for Therapists: Top Reasons Therapists struggle with Financial Burnout

    Ryan Ryan Derousseau, CFP®, a certified financial planner, specializes in working with therapists and helping them thrive financially. He started working with therapists after realizing the need for financial guidance in the therapy world. Many therapists lack education on running a business and managing their finances, which can lead to financial pitfalls. One common pitfall is not transitioning from being self-employed to owning a business, resulting in a constant struggle to earn income. Ryan emphasizes the importance of creating financial systems and shifting income towards long-term savings and investments. He also highlights the need for therapists to have a clear understanding of their financial goals and to make conscious spending decisions. In this conversation, Ryan and Jen discuss the importance of setting big goals and thinking beyond the traditional mindset of therapists. They also talk about the need for therapists to be more business-minded and assertive in order to succeed. They explore different ways therapists can generate income, such as group sessions, retreats, coaching, and online courses. They also touch on the role of financial planners and the importance of finding a fee-only advisor who acts in the best interest of the client. Ryan shares his joy in being a parent and getting back into playing basketball.
    TakeawaysTherapists often lack education on running a business and managing their finances, which can lead to financial pitfalls.Transitioning from being self-employed to owning a business is crucial for therapists to create long-term wealth.Creating financial systems and shifting income towards long-term savings and investments is essential for financial security.Therapists need to clearly understand their financial goals and make conscious spending decisions. Set big goals and think beyond the traditional mindset of therapists.Be more business-minded and assertive in order to succeedExplore different ways to generate income, such as group sessions, retreats, coaching, and online coursesFind a fee-only financial planner who acts in your best interestTake time for personal joy and hobbies
    More from Ryan: https://thinkingcapfinancial.com/incometowealth
    More from Jen: Grab my free guide for therapists who are done with 1:1 therapy here!

    • 42 min
    22. Therapist Money Scripts: How Therapists Can Move from Money Shame and Financial Burnout to Awareness

    22. Therapist Money Scripts: How Therapists Can Move from Money Shame and Financial Burnout to Awareness

    Have you ever been told that you're 'bad with money' or that your career in therapy won't pay the bills? Are you feeling burned out financially?
    This self-fulfilling prophecy can seriously hold me back. In my latest podcast, I dive into the money scripts that keep therapists like me from building wealth.
    I explore the impact of money scripts on my financial success and highlight three key money scripts that commonly affect therapists. I also share strategies for overcoming them. I emphasize how societal messages around women and marginalized populations, the undervaluation of mental health professionals, and the stigma around financial success play a role in my financial struggles. By challenging these money scripts and reframing my beliefs about money, I can find empowerment and achieve greater financial stability and success.
    Grab my guide here

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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Hnm24 ,

Very helpful information and support!

This is a such a great podcast to have available to therapists! We need all the support and resources we can get. I believe it is a very necessary listen for those on the verge of or experiencing burnout. We are not alone!

RyanDerous ,

Great conversation with a personal touch

I was a guest, and Jennifer was a joy to talk to! We delved into both the business side of the practice, as well as the personal. It’s hard to separate the two, no matter how hard we try! It’s an awesome listen and one that I subscribe to myself!

Karen Conlon, LCSW ,

Really aligns and makes sense

The episode with Dr. Judy in particular was as if she was saying out loud all the stuff that have been going through my mind, and also similar experiences. Great resource and look forward to following it as the podcast develops.

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