Comparing burnout levels experienced by therapists working in a mental health organization versus therapists working in private practice

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  • Nicole Gaal Psy.D.

    1. Colorado Springs, Colorado
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    • Nicole Gaal, Psy.D., is in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She may be reached at gaaln@yahoo.com.


Abstract

This article examines the burnout phenomenon as experienced by therapists working in a mental health organization versus therapists working in private practice. The hypothesis is that therapists working in a mental health organization experience significantly more burnout symptoms than do therapists working in private practice settings. The article discusses the factors that appear to lead to burnout and looks at how organizations can help their employees provide better care to clients. The results of the study examined here indicate that therapists working in mental health organizations experience higher levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization and lower levels of personal accomplishment than therapists working in private practice.

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