In this episode of The Dude Therapist podcast, Eli Weinstein interviews Moe Ari Brown, a licensed marriage and family therapist and one of the leading mental health experts in gender identity. They discuss the issue of burnout in the mental health community, the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community when it comes to accessing mental health services, and strategies for managing burnout.
"Burnout is a real issue in the mental health community," Brown says. "It's important to be mindful of our own compassion fatigue and take steps to prevent it, such as taking breaks and engaging in self-care activities."
Brown suggests using voice-to-text technology to save time and energy, while also being mindful of HIPAA compliance and ethical practices. They also recommend taking time to ground oneself in between sessions, such as doing a body scan, deep breathing, or burning essential oils.
Brown emphasizes the importance of boundaries around time and how voice notes can be a lifesaver for therapists. They also suggest that clinicians should consider opening a group practice in order to reduce their workload and have more time for themselves. "It's important to remember that we can't do it all," Brown says. "We need to be mindful of our own needs and take time for ourselves."
This podcast episode is a great resource for mental health professionals looking for strategies to manage burnout and compassion fatigue. Brown's advice is practical and accessible, and their insights are invaluable for anyone looking to make a positive impact in the mental health community.
[This episode is sponsored by SimplePractice. SimplePractice, simplifying practice management and reducing administrative work for more than 178,000 solo and small group therapists (including myself), recently launched a survey on burnout. SimplePractice heard from 550 therapists from counselors to psychologists. The results from the survey found that burnout is a serious problem in our profession, in fact Over half of therapists reported experiencing burnout this year.]
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