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Health Care Professionals

Health Care Professionals (HCPs) provide an invaluable service to everyone.  These individuals include:

  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists

  • Doctors (MD and DO)

  • Physicians Assistants (PA’s)

  • Pharmacists

  • Mental Health Clinicians (Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors).

  • Emergency Medical Technician/ Paramedic
     

These individuals are trained to put others’ needs before themselves when on the job. Experience with this population speaks to being intelligent, natural caretakers and hard workers.  At the same time, we find HCPs dealing with long and unconventional hours, stressful work, constantly making critical decisions, and exposure to trauma, both emotionally and vicariously (through others’ stories).  HCPs are also not immune to the challenges in the health care system.  Often, these challenges present themselves as difficult work dynamics and added pressure on the “front lines”.

As a result, many of the Health Care Professionals that reach out experience a number of struggles including:

  • Burnout

  • Negativity toward their work and profession

  • A struggle to cope with responsibilities outside of work

  • Adopting or maintaining a care-taking role, even when it is unhealthy for the individual

  • A neglect of self-care

  • Struggle with asserting needs, or saying no
     

Working to address these struggles that are common in the Health Care Professional community is possible, and will not affect one’s ability to do good work.  In fact, addressing these common challenges among HCPs helps to cultivate more passion for self, thus more passion for work. The therapeutic process involves (but is not limited to): 

  • Processing what it is like to be a HCP

  • Exploration of past roles, and family history which contribute to current struggles

  • Self-Care techniques and Coping Skill Building, and learning to prioritize self

  • Assertiveness training (learning to say no)

  • Processing feelings that come with assertiveness.  

  • Cultivating relationships outside of work
     

Call Philadelphia Wellness therapy to schedule a free consultation and discuss treatment for health care professionals.