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Health Care Workers

We specialize in working with Mental Health Professionals and Physicians. The importance of resiliency and how to manage unique challenges is something we can all train and improve upon. By working with a specialist in this field with decades of experience, you will be able to talk openly about how to face the uncertainty of difficult situations, cope with problems at work, and be able to process personal matters so they don’t interfere in your work with patients. 

Further, we offer workshops on stress management at work and creating a positive and safe environment for patients and staff. We will design a specialized workshop for your particular clinic and come to it to offer it to you and your staff.

Supporting Healthcare Workers: Addressing Trauma And Preventing Burnout

Healthcare workers often experience trauma in their line of work. This may happen when patients pass away during treatment or when workers witness severe injuries or accidents. Our group specialises in helping these workers cope with the trauma they experience and overcome the emotional toll it can take on them. Often, healthcare workers may struggle to return to work or be present with their families due to the trauma they have experienced. This is where we can help and prevent burnout. 


Healthcare worker burnout is a condition that occurs when physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, and first responders experience emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion due to the stress of their work. This issue is widespread in the medical field and can harm patient care, healthcare worker well-being, and healthcare costs. Many factors can contribute to healthcare worker burnout, including long hours, excessive workload, administrative burdens, conflicts with colleagues, and a lack of control over work conditions. Symptoms of burnout may include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment.


Healthcare worker burnout can have physical, emotional, or behavioral symptoms. Below are some common symptoms of healthcare worker burnout:

  • Emotional exhaustion: feeling overwhelmed, drained, and unable to cope with stress. This can lead to a lack of empathy, cynicism, and detachment from patients or colleagues.

  • Depersonalization: a sense of disconnection from work and a lack of compassion towards patients. This can cause negative attitudes or behaviours towards patients, such as treating them as objects rather than individuals.

  • Reduced sense of personal accomplishment: low self-esteem and decreased satisfaction with work. This can result in a lack of motivation, feelings of inadequacy, and reduced productivity.

  • Physical symptoms: fatigue, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, muscle tension, and other physical stress-related symptoms.

  • Behavioral changes: increased use of drugs or alcohol, social withdrawal, and avoidance of work-related activities.

Why Choose SDPsychology?

At SDPsychology, we use evidence-based interventions that have been proven effective in managing burnout and promoting well-being among healthcare workers. These interventions may include insight-oriented techniques, cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, stress management strategies, and resilience-building exercises. SDPsychology provides unparalleled excellence and compassionate care for individuals seeking psychotherapy in La Jolla and Encinitas and remote video sessions for all California residents. We offer workplace stress management workshops and create a positive and safe environment for patients and staff. We can design a specialized workshop for your particular clinic and come to you to offer it to you and your staff.

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