Helpers Hurt Too

11 Jan 2022

When the weight of the world is balanced on your shoulders, where do you turn for help? Unsurprisingly, mental health professionals too experience socioemotional disregulation which impacts mental health and wellness. Over exposure to clinical material, instances of countertransference, compounding stress, poor lifestyle balance and lack of support are factors impacting the mental health outcomes for this vulnerable group.

According to Hyatt (2016), “the following five themes were found within the domain of lifetime prevalence of mental illness and psychological distress among MHPs: psychiatric disorders reported reaching at approximately 81%, substance use (primarily ethanol) vacillating from 1% to 70%, psychological distress ranging from 10% to 74%, impairment varying from 4.6% to 63%, as well as burnout and compassion fatigue found stretching to 80%” (p.5).

The author further stated relevant barriers that created obstacles for MHPs to access appropriate and effective mental services included: limited insight, education and prevention strategies lacking, keeping distress secretive, educational institutions being unsupportive to the distressed professionals/students, utilizing reactive interventions versus preventative ones, lacking evidence-based research on MHPs distress along with interventions that remediate stress, an unsupportive and avoidant culture when dealing with psychological distress, and limited psychotherapy resources.

Looking ahead, potential solutions may include educating and increasing awareness, improving systemic influences, utilizing self-care, developing a culture of support, increasing empirical research, and utilizing personal therapy and treatment programs, although Inconsistencies were found in the literature, which harness poor integration between prevalence, barriers, and interventions (Hyatt, 2016).


Storytelling that connects, heals, and inspires our community.

Explore our library of dynamic content.

Blog title heading will go here

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros. Will this work, who knows

Navigating Wellness with Dr. Jennifer Vasquez

Inspired Practice Clinical Director Dr. Jennifer Vasquez was recently interviewed about navigating wellness.

Travel Anxiety

Summer is here! This is often a time of rest, relaxation, and traveling for many! For those with anxiety, traveling can sometimes add an extra layer of stress.

March is self-harm awareness month

Inspired Practice Therapist Ali Cooper ( shares an article she wrote in recognition of self-harm awareness month.

Inspired Practice Therapist Chantal Pierre featured in Voyage San Antonio magazine

Inspired Practice Contemplative Therapist Chantal Pierre, LMSW featured in Voyage San Antonio magazine

Inspired Voices Podcast #1

Inspired Practice Clinical Director Dr. Jennifer Vasquez, LCSW-S and Operations Director Elijah Thompson, LMSW share their vision for Inspired Practice LLC, a group psychotherapy and yoga therapy practice serving clients across Texas:

Clinical Director Transforming Trauma Podcast interview

Listen to Clinical Director Dr. Jennifer Vasquez interview on the Transforming Trauma podcast.

Clinical Director Go Solo interview

Inspired Practice Clinical Director Dr. Jennifer Vasquez Subkit interview about being an entrepreneur.

Spirituality and Mental Health

According to the Pew Research Religious Landscape Study, upwards of 80% of Americans identify with a religious affiliation (70% Christian, 6%-10% Non-Christian Faiths). With a notable rise in representation observed between 2018-2020, it is apparent this recent increase marks an upward shift in belief amongst the population.

Mental Health and Addiction

According to current metrics, around 31.9 million Americans are active drug users, totaling to about 11.7% of the general population. If you include alcohol and tobacco, this number increases sharply to 165 million or 60.2%.

How to move forward and heal from traumatic events

Today, we are talking about moving forward and healing from traumatic events which have caused grief, pain and emotional disregulation.

Burnout and the workplace

How many of us have found ourselves emotionally warn down and exhausted day after day due to work?

The Psychology of Flow ✨

When you are at your best, physically, emotionally and psychologically, what does that feel like?
© 2021 Inspired Practice LLC. All right reserved.
Privacy Policy