Acknowledging Our Burnout

We all identify with certain narratives and expectations about work, career, and our own professionalism. These narratives and expectations are both personally created and culturally constructed; very often they are a blending of both. Burnout can, therefore, feel incongruent with how we identify as a professional, with the expectations we have of ourselves and how […]

Experiencing Burnout

Think about your own experiences of stress, possibly of burnout. What stands out for you – physically, emotionally, cognitively, relationally? Think about your place of work, and the work you do. What are some of the prominent expectations and attitudes? How is the work environment structured? Leadership? Relationships amongst colleagues? How familiar do the following […]

Movement and Change

As a career counsellor I work with movement and change. I work with the life-long relationship we have with work and career; that often means helping clients to re-evaluate and re-define this relationship, to explore the meaning work currently holds for them, to see how their skills, expertise, and perspectives have evolved, and to imagine what they […]

Acceptance

Acceptance, as a topic and as an experience, is always present in my work: how to comfortably accept a sudden job loss, how to accept a necessary career transition, how to acknowledge and accept that we are experiencing unmanageable stress or burnout, how to accept that we feel stuck and cannot decide which career path […]

Take Your Time

The rapid movement and constant change that characterize our lives create a paradox. The world offers us more and expects more from us. The demand for our attention is constant and as a result our attention becomes increasingly fractured. We are over-connected while also seeking deeper, more valued, connection.  Is the hyper busy-ness of our […]

Managing The Stress We Experience

Work related stress and challenging work environments are frequent topics of discussion with my clients. While our lives are never completely immune to stress, certain situations or occurrences can escalate stress and make it feel unmanageable: difficult transitions, complex work, disappointments, mistakes, or periods of exhaustion, and especially a demanding work environment we cannot change. […]

Fulfillment and Burnout

We often assume that fulfilling work, work that motivates us, work we feel enthusiastic about, and work we are fully engaged in, will provide us with a protective barrier and immunity from burnout. And yet even while enthusiastically embracing our work we can inadvertently stretch, or even abandon, the very boundaries we need for self-care, […]

Reflective Conversations Before Embarking On A Career Transition

Reassessing your Relationship with Work and Career Career transitions are one of the most recurrent conversations I have with clients. But in my experience clients often want time and space to explore more reflective questions. These more personal, client-centered conversations precede the steps and strategies necessary to navigate a career transition. Many clients I work […]