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Psychotherapy for Teachers

Psychotherapy for Teachers

Understanding the importance of therapy for teachers.

We often speak to teachers who don’t even recognize how much pressure it is to not only educate others but to always put on a happy face for their students. Teachers often face unique challenges that can lead to high levels of stress, such as working with large class sizes, managing behaviours and heavy workloads with limited resources. While some amount of stress is inevitable in any job, excessive stress can lead to problems such as anxiety, depression, teacher burnout, and even physical health problems. Psychotherapy can help teachers to identify and manage the sources of their stress, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and improve their work-life balance. In addition, psychotherapy can also help teachers to build a stronger sense of self-efficacy and resilience, which can be invaluable in managing emotions and promoting well-being.

Listen in below as Sukaina Nathoo, RP guest joins the Teacher App podcast offering advice and emphasizing the importance of therapy for teachers.

Why teachers should consider psychotherapy or counselling

It can be hard for teachers to be in a profession where they’re so used to being the person in control and modelling for all the people in their lives. Not only the children they teach but sometimes their own children, partners and family. It can sometimes be difficult for teachers to take a step back and feel comfortable – to not always be the expert, and not always have the answers. Psychotherapy for teachers can create a safe space where they can honour the parts of themselves that are struggling.

Teachers are constantly giving to others and often put their own needs last. It is not uncommon for teachers to feel overwhelmed, stressed and burned out. Teachers could benefit from collaboration with a psychotherapist to ‘empty their cup’ and obtain support. By doing so, they can go back into their lives as a ‘giving’ professional and be able to give in a way that lets them continue enjoying their job.

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In a profession that requires teachers to constantly be giving, it’s important for teachers to learn how to also receive.

Teacher who prioritized self-care smiling by a whiteboard

It can be hard to feel vulnerable or emotional when you have to put on a happy face and ‘show up’ for the students you teach.

With teacher burnout at a record high, self-care is important

Self-care is essential for anyone, but especially for those in high-stress professions like teaching. Unfortunately, many teachers don’t make time for themselves and end up feeling overwhelmed and burned out. A psychotherapist can provide guidance on how to develop a self-care routine that works for you, including tips on how to relax, de-stress, and rejuvenate. In addition, a psychotherapist can also help you to address any underlying issues that may come up. If you’re a teacher who is struggling with stress, anxiety or burnout, psychotherapy can be an invaluable tool in helping you to reclaim your health and happiness.

We’re here to provide psychotherapy for teachers.

It can be helpful for someone in a helping profession to allow someone to help them.

As teachers, you often wear many hats and play multiple roles in your life. You’re expected to be strong and confident in your abilities but sometimes may struggle with setting boundaries, dealing with anxiety, stress, burnout and resolving conflicts in relationships outside of school. Psychotherapy can help you understand and work through these challenges so that you can be your best self inside and outside of the classroom.

Purposeful Change can provide you with the tools you need to set healthy boundaries, manage your emotions and productively resolve conflicts. We can you help understand your triggers and how to deal with them constructively. We can also help you learn how to communicate more effectively with others. There might even be parts of your life that you didn’t even know needed improvement.

If you are a teacher struggling with any of these issues, consider speaking with a Registered Psychotherapist at Purposeful Change to learn more about individual psychotherapy sessions.

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Sukaina Nathoo

Registered Psychotherapist

I can help you set healthy boundaries.

I can help you set healthy boundaries.

Ready to discuss parts of your life can be improved?

Ready to discuss parts of your life can be improved?

Book an appointment online or contact us for a free phone consultation. We look forward to working with you on your recovery journey.