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Have you noticed that you have lived helping other people, but struggle to help yourself? Do you feel stretched thin to the point of not even caring anymore, and then criticize yourself for this? Medical workers, first responders, veterans, and therapists: you experience trauma directly and vicariously, over and over. This has a draining effect, and you deserve some time to process your own experience.
At Witt Psychotherapy, I specialize in helping people like you. Working with helping professionals ties in with my other specialties: trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues. I provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals seeking the experience of connecting with themselves, for once, rather than burning themselves out to help others. Book a free consultation to see how I can help.
Are You Feeling Burned Out?
I have known nurses who pride themselves on being able to outwork everyone and who sleep straight through their off days. I have known veterans who refuse to seek help because of military culture, waiting twenty years to address the things they push down. And I have known therapists who avoid doing their own, personal work and think "what's the point? I already know all the interventions."
You're human. Pushing yourself to be superhuman has probably been adaptive for you in the past. Sometimes these attempts to ignore your humanity can bolster self-esteem, garner accolades, and create what seems to be resiliency. You're normal for adapting in this way.
But when you slow down enough to sit alone in a quiet room, you can feel it. You're human, and you're hurting. Maybe it's the workload, or maybe it's that your work allows you to ignore something else that needs to be addressed.
My Approach to Helping the Helpers
I believe in a very direct yet integrative approach here. This includes a blend from depth-oriented psychodynamic approaches like ISTDP, and also influences from many other modalities (Coherence Therapy, ACT, Gestalt, EMDR, and more). Here's what you can expect from treatment: Here's what you can expect from treatment:
Assessment: We begin by thoroughly assessing your problems and strengths, creating a shared notion of what our work together will target.
Pattern Identification: We will work to identify and adjust patterns that were established long ago. Almost invariably, these are adaptive in the beginning. Now they are holding you back. I will encourage you to fully experience various feelings and emotions. We cannot shy away from the hard stuff, but together we can intentionally dive in.
Collaborative Environment: I aim to be upfront and, at times, will challenge you to face something. However, this only makes sense in the context of a real partnership. So I make sure to focus on building trust with you from the start.
Connection: With your full involvement in the process, you can expect improved connection with yourself and loved ones. You will understand your own patterns and feel more stable emotionally. Taking your needs into account allows you to be a better helper.
Witt Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy has been repeatedly proven to be effective as long as certain factors are in place, including:
A real relationship with the therapist built on teamwork
Agreement on what the problems and goals are
Therapist empathy and positive regard
A specific method to the work where both parties are actively and genuinely engaged
I know this is true not only from the research but also from firsthand experience in working with many clients from all walks of life. I focus on building these factors with you from the first session.
15 Minute Initial Phone Consultation
55 Minute Individual Therapy Session
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