by Amber Stromberg
When faced with a burnout rate of five years for people in some helping professions, it hardly seems worth the four years of school and all the late nights that go along with it.
We are told that we must leave our work at work, and to let people go once they walk out the door. But the reason so many of us go into the helping professions is that we care. I have numerous friends who can not comprehend why I would want to stress myself out over someone problems. They believe that everyone should just sort out things on their own, just like everyone else. But what they don’t see are the people who do not have friends to talk to or family to support them when they are in need.
I am still new to this so when a client tells a sad story, they are usually not the only ones reaching for a tissue. So how do people who have been at this for years, make it?
Do they cease to care? Is it just another sad story? Just another case? Or are they too struggling to find their place between empathy and apathy?