In his book Work: A Deep History from the Stone Ages to the Age of Robots, author James Suzman says “Work defines who we are. It determines our status and dictates how, where and with whom we spend most of our time. It mediates our self-worth and molds our values.”
I couldn’t have made a better argument for recognizing the significance of work-related challenges and the importance of finding meaningful ways to address the problems that show up at work.
Why seek therapy for work problems? Much is at stake.
Whether you’re addressing past work experiences, current struggles, future goals or want support as you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the workplace, therapy allows you to delve into the unique stressors and pressures you experience in your professional life. Through thoughtful conversations, you can examine and gain an understanding of the roots of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This heightened self-awareness lays the foundation for positive change.
The ripple effects of seeking therapy for work problems.
The positive effects from therapy aren’t limited to the individuals who seek it.
At work: If you’re in a leadership or management role, recognizing and addressing issues like job stress, communication challenges and burnout is crucial for preserving or enhancing your decision-making abilities and fostering a positive work culture.
For individual contributors, therapy facilitates self-awareness and skills development so you can navigate work issues more effectively.
Ultimately, the ripple effect of leaders, managers and individual contributors engaging in therapy for work problems influences team dynamics, leading to a more collaborative and productive work environment.
At home: I’ve learned a basic truth about work problems – what happens at work doesn’t stay at work. Seeking help for work problems can have positive effects at home. ‘
By addressing and navigating work problems in therapy, individuals often experience improved communication, reduced stress, and a renewed sense of self. This positive transformation can contribute to a more fulfilling and supportive home environment and more satisfying relationships with loved ones.
Issues therapy for work problems can address
In the day-to-day reality of our professional lives, most of us encounter work-related challenges that affect our well-being – challenges that involve our roles and responsibilities, who we work with or how the work gets done. Learn more about work problems that therapy can help address.
When to seek therapy for work problems? It’s never too early.
Work problems such as job stress, issues with work-life balance, imposter syndrome or burnout can exhaust your mental and physical resources and intensify negative emotions. In this state, summoning the energy, focus, and determination necessary to effectively find solutions to your challenges at work can be a formidable challenge or even feel insurmountable.
Seeking therapy sooner rather than later allows individuals to address and navigate challenges when they are still manageable, preventing them from escalating into more complex issues. Therapy at this stage can act as a preventative measure and mitigate the risk of long-term negative impacts on your wellbeing.
Who should I see for therapy for work problems?
Of course, the decision about who you work with is yours to make. Many professionals prefer to work with an independent therapist who provides a truly confidential space free from the risk of privacy concerns, maintains a focus on them versus their employer and offers a neutral and unbiased perspective.
Working professionals often downplay the severity of their work-related challenges, believing they can or must handle them on their own, that they don’t have time for therapy or that no one will understand the pressures they face. I get it. I’ve been there.
Acknowledging the impact of your work-related challenges is the first step towards positive change, at work and at home. If you’d like to take the next step, get in touch and we can explore how therapy for work problems – in person in Austin or virtual across Texas – could benefit you. I’m here to help.