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Career Counselling: What is Burnout?

What is Burnout? By Katherine Foster

Burnout is often defined as the physical, emotional and psychological exhaustion, the loss of interest or motivation in one’s life due to excessive demands, self-imposed or imposed by others, on one’s time.

Herbert Fredenberger, a German-born American Psychologist, penned the term burnout in the 1970’s.  In Fact, Freudenberg and his colleague North (Gail) theorised the process, breaking it down into 12 phases:-

  1. Compulsion to prove oneself
  2. Working harder
  3. Neglecting their needs
  4. Displacement of conflict
  5. Revision of values
  6. Denial of emerging problems
  7. Withdraw
  8. Obvious behavioural changes
  9. Depersonalisation
  10. Inner emptiness
  11. Depression
  12. Burnout Syndrome

If you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, why not schedule a counselling appointment with Blu Ripples today?

Together, we can discuss and explore your concerns in a safe, caring and supportive environment.

NB.  Blu Ripples now offers, as part of our Psychometric Profiling (Testing) ServicesCounselling and Mental Health, a Burnout Signs and Symptom Survey (Scale) which asks you to respond to 16 statements; depending on your responses, the survey will indicate whether you present with low, medium or high signs and symptoms of burnout.

When determining your outcomes, appropriate measures, for example, talking about your outcomes, coping strategies, developing a Self-Care Plan and referring you to your GP or qualified Mental Health Practitioner, may be appropriate to assist you on your journey.

Katherine Foster - Blu Ripples Founder; Professional Member CDAA, Member of ACA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (2011 Version)

Katherine is the Founder of Blu Ripples, a Counselling practice in Sydney, NSW.

Initially commencing in 2003 as HR Aspects (Career Consulting Practice), Katherine rebranded her business to Blu Ripples in 2009 to incorporate Personal, Career and Workplace Counselling Services into her practice.

Katherine is a nationally registered Counsellor and Career Development Specialist and a current Member of the Australian Counselling Association and Career Development Association of Australia.

Before commencing her private practice in 2003, Katherine predominantly worked in Human Resources and Administration.

© 2011 - Katherine Foster T/as Blu Ripples 
Updated 21 Feb 2024, Originally Posted 14 Nov 2011
Katherine's Photograph: 2023

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