9 - How Selecting the Right Specialty Will Help You Avoid Burn out as a Therapist

Welcome to The Inspired Therapist Podcast! Your host Leanne Peterson helps therapists build successful careers and market their private practices while ensuring that they remain an inspired guide to their own clients. Today she has an important message about ways to both avoid and learn from burn out.


If you like to work and push yourself hard you can hit burn out without any warning signs. So, if you’ve already hit this point let’s use it as an opportunity for self-evaluation to see what we can do that would be useful for us moving forward. Main examples include adjusting our schedule and outsourcing tasks that aren’t meeting our “best and highest use.”

With scheduling we should ask ourselves if we’re doing activities at the right times of the day. Plan your most challenging tasks at the time of day when you feel the strongest. Also, some therapists like to schedule appointments back-to-back while others find that leaving themselves some breathing room is really beneficial.


Now, we have to start with making sure we’re doing the right kind of work. Do you feel “in the flow” when you’re working? If not, how could you refocus your work so that it is aligned with your strengths, and at least sometimes, feels fun and energizing? Picking the right specialty is paramount. This will ensure that the work you’re doing isn’t too far out of your comfort zone.


Lastly, take a day of rest. Matters of worship aside, everyone needs a day to unwind.

Thanks for tuning in today!



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