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Preventing Burnout Among Helping Professionals: Social Workers, LCSWs, Psychotherapists, Counselors


Set yourself up for a healthy work environment and learn what burnout is and how to prevent it.

Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress: a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. It is a very prevalent problem in the helping professions. Burnout isn't a medical diagnosis. Some experts think that other conditions, such as depression, are behind burnout. Some research suggests that many people who experience symptoms of job burnout don't believe their jobs are the main cause. Whatever the cause, job burnout can affect your physical and mental health. Learning what burnout is, how to spot the symptoms in yourself and colleagues, knowing what to do to correct and prevent burnout, and to set yourself and your colleagues up for healthy and happy work environments will make the difference between feeling overwhelmed and exhausted or feeling successful and blessed to be able to help others.



Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D, L.M.F.T

Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D, L.M.F.T

Tina Tessina, Ph.D, L.M.F.T.

Dr. Tina B. Tessina, LMFT, Ph.D.

  • Therapist in private practice since 1978
  • Works with individuals and families in a therapeutic setting, as well as with individuals who need to know how to work with families
  • Trained prospective foster parents for county licensing
  • Author of numerous articles, as well as 15 books published in 17 languages, including It Ends with You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction and 52 Weeks to Better Mental Health
  • Member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the California Association of Marriage, Family Therapists
  • Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology, Pacific Western University; M.A. degree in counseling psychology; B.A. degree in sociology, Lindenwood University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected],, or 562-438-8077

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