As the New Year is in full swing, one thing to ask yourself as a medical field worker is how is your mental health doing? A question our anxiety therapists have been asked is do doctors/nurses go to a therapist? Our answer is always the same which is - are they human, then yes! The follow-up question our professionals typically have to this is where does a doctor/nurse/surgeon go for therapy? Ideally, a therapist or counselor in Orlando addressing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and related diagnosis would be the best fit. From the year that has just concluded, medical field workers have been put to the test and their mental health has been drastically affected. If you are a medical field worker and considering therapy for medical burnout due to the pandemic or career demands, then this blog is for you.
A medical field worker will most often experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD (based on the field) and it is important that they receive the care that you need to be able to give care to others. There is nothing weak about a medical professional seeking therapy and the stigma that a doctor/nurse can’t be going to therapy is outdated and old. You are human and what you experience on a daily basis can be nerve-wracking, stressful, and lead quickly to burnout. I am here to tell you that medical professionals seeking therapy are normal and often appreciated by mental health professionals.
Taking care of yourself is the key to any job and the medical field is no different. If you are in the medical field, how do you know when therapy is right for you? For one, if you feel burned out at work perhaps speaking to someone to help bring back that spark could be the next best thing. If you experienced trauma in the medical field this would also be a high indicator that speaking to a trauma therapist would be a great step. There are many other stressors and indicators, but these seem to be the most prevalent ones.
A doctor, nurse, or surgeon going to therapy is nothing to be ashamed about because you deserve to be happy and do the work you were intended to do. Making the call can be tough and that is why having support in your life can help make the decision somewhat easier. You deserve to be happy and to know you are appreciated. The therapy process in Orlando, specifically at Orlando Thrive Therapy is about being vulnerable in a safe place and this space could be the best fit needed for you.
As fellow health professionals, our anxiety and depression counselors understand the drive to put others first. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of PTSD, medical or empathy burnout, or general anxiety from work priorities and stress, we are here to guide you.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.