At Okay Counselling our qualified counsellors provide Career related Stress counselling services in Adelaide, South Australia. We are also available for phone and video sessions for those who cannot make it into our office. If you are considering counselling for Career related Stress, please contact us, book online or get in touch through our contact form and we will call you back for a friendly chat to discuss your needs.
Career related stress is a product of your working environment and typically impacts your ability to function normally in the workplace. Each individual has their own perception of stress and what their stressors are. Therefore, there is a wide variety of reasons for stress within the workplace. This can range from difficulties managing customers and workload, or feeling bullied by colleagues, to the more extreme – such as witnessing the death of a colleague within the workplace. Outside factors can also impact your ability to function and can cause unnecessary stressors in the workplace, such as relationships and financial hardships.
Stress is an feeling that can influence every aspect of a person’s life, it is not isolated to those within a workplace environment. Stress is the strain felt on a person’s mental or emotional state in high-pressure situations. It is impossible to avoid all stressful situations, especially in a workplace. Being in high-pressure situations for long periods of time can begin to lower one’s resilience towards stress, causing each situation to become more stressful than the last. This is one of many reasons why people have different experiences when in the same environment.
Experiencing high levels of stress for extended periods of time can negatively impact an individual’s ability to function inside and outside a workplace setting. With the workplace, an individual may begin to avoid doing certain tasks, or rush through them at the expence of quality. Employers may view this as negligent and serious consequences may follow, such as reduced income, or even dismissal. This can be extremely detrimental to a person’s liveliood and mental health. More importantly, long periods of stress can begin to change how feel about your career- impacting your sense of self worth, which can lead to further mental health problems. Before reaching this point, it is important to seek help to discuss possible ways to alleviate the stressors.
Our friendly staff are here to chat to you about our Careers and Stress Counselling service and how it may be of benefit to you.
Okay Counselling is dedicated to providing a tailored Career Stress Counselling service for our clients using evidence based practice informed by established psychological and social work theories.
Only theories that can be adapted to the needs of each individual client are utilised.
More often than not, work related stress can begin to impair self-confidence, leaving an individual feeling low about their inability to handle expected tasks and situations. It is important to begin restoring an individual’s self-confidence as this will greatly assist in managing stressors inside, and outside, the workplace.Counsellors will draw on theories that focus on an individual’s strengths to build up their resilence and capacity.
Another major impact of work-related stress is burnout. Burnout refers to when an individual begins to feel depleted and exhausted from work that used to be enjoyable. Before an individual is completely burnt out, there are signs that indicate possible future burn out, such as becoming cynical and irritated, lack of concentration and satisfaction, and trouble sleeping. Receiving counselling during this time will benefit your emotional and physical wellbeing in the long term.
Burnout can negatively impact physical and mental health, and can also result in resentment towards that particular workplace. This is an overwhelming experience and can leave many feeling lost and hopeless, which can lead to negative coping mechanisms, such as drug and alcohol dependence.
Treatment options for burnout are available, however, in the early stages, clients will benefit most from a few days leave from work. It is important for the individual to set boundaries and allow themselves some time and space to recover.
Recovery from burnout is a gradual process and requires slight changes in workplace practice and lifestyle to prevent recurrence. Okay Counselling can assist you to implement these changes and creating a safe environment to ensure recovery.
Please contact our friendly staff to have a chat about how we can help.
Workplace stress varies depending on the individual and their circumstance. What one person finds stressful, another may not. Stress is completely unique to you and your experiences, therefore others might not find similar situations as stressful and vice versa.
Not necessarily. Treating burnout does not require major changes in your personal and professional life, rather slight changes to how you expend your time and energy. If you feel that even with treating burnout, you’re still not enjoying you career, maybe you can discuss this with an Okay Counselling professional.
Absolutely not! You pushed yourself to work harder than you needed to, which resulted in burnout. Burnout is not easy to achieve, therefore, you must have worked within a stressful environment for an extended period to get to this point. This is not weak, rather it seems that you have prioritised work commitments over your health. Discussions with an Okay Counselling professional can help you to reprioritise your physical and mental health.
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