Doris HAUFLER, Psychotherapist & coach
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Work on Burnout



Many people in our society -- more and more, actually --, get burned out in the workplace and also in their couple. People with a lot of responsabilities, such as businessmen, medium or high executives in companies, self-employed professionals, are especially prone to this risk.

Burnout sets in little by little, slowly, but once it's there the path back to a healthy & satisfying life, and to restoring the quality of the compromised relationships with family, friends and work associates, can be hard and long. Prevention is easier than cure of a full-fledged burnout state.

I work with people in or near burnout to :

  1. first of all, reduce depressive, anxious and obsessive symptoms as quickly as possible so as to bring more flow of pleasure into life;

  2. examine and improve damaged relationships (with spouse, children, colleagues, bosses, customers, …);

  3. install some limit-setting and centering practices in daily life, some of which take into account typically neglected body needs  by effectuating  nutritional changes and bringing physical exercise into the lifestyle;

  4. use structured journaling to fine-tune the improvements obtained and to develop new resources capable of modulating these improvements when new challenges occur;

  5. understand various societal and personal biographical sources of the tendency to get burned out;

  6. begin long-term reflection and action on these sources, which may lead to important learning and deep personal change, and thereby increase the patient’s overall wisdom in his our her life.


And what about the couple ?

The sessions are personal, but in case the patient’s couple is in danger of breakdown we propose couple sessions  (once every 3 or 4 weeks) parallel to the personal sessions of the patient. Indeed, if the patient’s partner – in reaction to the burned out behaviours -- has become

  • distant

  • indifferent

  • hostile

  • explosively angry

then these couple sessions can help get the partner onto the patient’s “team”.
How ? :  Once the partner is really listened to regarding his/her own difficulties facing the patient, it’s more likely he or she will give in return more of the empathy and practical cooperation that the patient needs to successfully make inroads vis-à-vis the bad habits that have made burnout possible.






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