—PROFESSIONAL BURNOUT—

Professional burnout is a common presenting complaint and a reason many successful, hardworking and high-achieving individuals seek professional coaching. They frequently initially experience apathy, exhaustion or a sense of overwhelm before more serious problems surface. There are also many reasons one might experience burnout, not limited to the pressure to succeed or achieve, financial demands or a competitive personality. The important thing is to learn to identify and recognize when you need help so that you can restore well-being and create a healthier work and life balance. 

WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SOME CLASSIC SIGNS OF PROFESSIONAL BURNOUT

  • Apathy and detachment
  • Dread and anxiety 
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Increase in substance use or abuse
  • Insomnia and sleep issues
  • Physical or somatic complains such as: palpitations, panic attacks, headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, dizziness
  • Impaired immune functioning and frequent illness
  • Impaired attention, concentration and forgetfulness
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger, tension and irritability
  • Acting out
  • Feeling less effective
  • Feeling trapped or "stuck"
  • Sadness, isolation, pessimism, hopelessness, depression
  • Lack of productivity and decreased performance

—WELLNESS COACHING + SELF-CARE—

WELLNESS COACHING + Self-Care Practices

Many suffer from chronic pain, somatic symptoms and health issues that may be rooted in energetic blocks and neglected emotional suffering. We know that trauma at all levels tends to remain "stuck" in the brain, nervous system and body as unprocessed feelings, emotions and experiences. This often gets expressed as body symptoms such as anxiety, depression, disease and chronic pain. A special interest of mine is to provide individualized Wellness Coaching with the goal of helping and supporting clients to identify feelings and emotions as well as understand how the body speaks loudly in an effort to express the trauma. Clients can overcome blocks to optimal health as well as understand self-destructive habits that have become life-altering obstacles to wellbeing. I view wellbeing as an opportunity to heal from the inside out -- this means addressing the root cause of disease and suffering, and not just attending to symptoms. Working with a wellness model, together we will identify areas of need, and I will support you through the healing journey

Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs, set boundaries with people, manage anxiety, anger, sadness and other feelings or emotions and attend to one's more complex needs. This can happen even when other people's demands or actions make this a challenge. Society as well as friends, family and employers often have expectations of us; we subjugate our own needs in an attempt to please and care for others. In the mental health field, Individuals with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, dependency issues and codependent individuals fail to care for themselves, often until it's too late and they become sick. Some examples of chronic health conditions that benefit from self-care support and advocacy are the following: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, arthritis, MS, Lupus, asthma, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, Lyme disease, autoimmune thyroid disorders (Hashimoto's & Graves), depression, IBS and diseases of aging as a few examples. Conventional medicine rarely addresses the root causes of many of these chronic conditions, and treats only the symptoms. A whole-body approach gives clients the choice to make radical lifestyle changes that may actually cure these common diseases or at least, greatly reduce symptoms and suffering. The failure to care for oneself due to wanting to please or care for others, such as in a codependent relationship, or in the case of overly demanding family members, can indicate some difficulty setting boundaries, identity and self-image. Kim Seelbrede, LCSW, RYT (200 + 500) trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program with a focus on five modalities: restorative yoga therapy, essential oils, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. She learned the techniques of grounding, relaxation, mindfulness, present-focused meditation and restoration. To learn more about the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training initiative or to find a class use this link.

As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder psychotherapist and specialist, I can help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and at any phase of recovery. Recovery coaching can help individuals identify, manage and remove the many environmental and personal obstacles that interfere with successful recovery. *Note* I am not in recovery personally but have training in the area of addiction and recovery services. I can refer you to a clinician who is in recovery if this is important to you. Because it's hard to do it alone, how does a recovery coach help?

  • maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals 
  • support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others
  • support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships
  • help for engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors 
  • self-empowerment and learning to ask for help as needed
  • identifying needs and learning to connect to inner guidance
  • creating a self-care practices that nourishes mind and body
  • support in identifying and managing cravings and triggers
  • learning to "own" actions and take responsibility in relationships and with behaviors
  • celebrating important gains and achievements
  • feeling empowered to make healthy choices
  • support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene
  • maintaining hope and staying positive during the recovery process
  • help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment
  • create a practice of awareness, acceptance, gratitude, self-compassion and change