Online sessions now available.Kristian S. Nibe - clinical psychologist and ISTDP practitioner.
Prevention and treatment of burnout syndrome.
If you go to your primary physician and say you are burned out, your doctor may, depending on the severity and length of your symptoms, conduct an examination and take some tests in order to eliminate other diseases. In some cases your doctor might also prescribe antidepressants, anxiety reducing medications, or similar medications.
Often, tiredness and low energy can be related not only to our feelings, but also to the quality and amount of our nutrition.
It is possible to work on the underlying psychological causes of burnout syndrome through conversational therapy/psychotherapy with a psychologist. Through that process you will get help to become aware of the underlying feelings that the anxiety and stress are trying to keep out of your awareness, understand how the depressive mechanism is robbing the body of energy by keeping a lid on feelings, in addition to understand what kinds of assumptions, thoughts, behavioral patterns, and defense mechanisms that supports the burnout syndrome.
Through psychotherapy you will be encouraged to become aware of your own priorities, intentions, and decisions that will enable you to take the driver seat in your own life rather than living like someone else is running your life for you.
You will get help to develop your communication skills so that it will become more natural for you to state what you want, set boundaries for yourself, and say “No!” to people without being hit with guilty feelings.
To what extent psychotherapy will help you out of your current state depends on your own motivation and desire for change, your current energy level and level of depression, the intensity of anxiety and how it is channeled in your body, your current ability to feel and explore feelings, your ability and willingness to explore and analyze your relationships and their dynamic, your ability to see and turn against dysfunctional defense mechanisms and behavioral patterns, and your level of resistance towards this psychological process.
Even though conversational therapy/psychotherapy never can guarantee a positive change, many experiences huge benefits from a relatively short therapeutic process (3-10 hours).
Some get easier burned out that others. Little or no contact with own feelings, a high level of anxiety usually channeled through the smooth muscles or the cognitive faculties, a high level of self-attacking thoughts, low social skills, and low self-esteem, are factors that trigger burnout syndrome sooner in some people than in others.
What most human beings want more than anything else is to be healthy, live in harmony with nature, work with something meaningful, stand up for truth and justice, be treated with love and respect, and feel that the effort we put into our lives are making a difference in our community and is being valued by others.
The burnout condition often forces a person to ask the important questions in life such as; What is important in life?, What does it mean to live a good life?, and What do I wish to accomplish for the remaining of my life? Symptoms of burnout syndrome often come as a prelude to an existential or spiritual crisis/opportunity, or important life decisions.
In order to improve, a person needs to understand why the burnout happened in the first place. Viewed from a broader perspective it’s important to become aware of what you want in life, learn to set healthy boundaries, learn to clearly state you want, your opinions, and claim your right, learn to say no to others in a clear but polite way, become aware of what is your own and what is other peoples responsibility, learn to prioritize and make conscious decisions regarding your use of time and energy, learn to value your time and be able to find a balance in life between work, play and family, and to learn to slow down and listen to the body.
A healthier diet, exercise, quality sleep, conscious rest and restitution, quality time with people you love and who love you, creating and using your skills either artistically or practically, and continuously learn and master new skills gives energy that prevents burnout.
Psychotherapy may lead to a better quality of life and enhanced energy, because you will get to become aware of these psychological aspects of yourself that you have previously been unaware. Send me a message through the contact form below to schedule an online consultation with me.
Online consultations available.
Use the contact form below for any inquiries. Please state briefly the nature of your problem, when and how you are available, and how you prefer to conduct payment (Credit Card or PayPal).
Consultations are available for either 45 minutes or 90 minutes, and are conducted by video either through Skype or appear.in. Alternatively I also offer sessions through chat/e-mail.
The price per 45 minute consultation is 160 Euro. The price for a 90 minute consultation is 300 Euro.