Books for Therapists on Burnout & Self-Care


A much pertinent theme today, burnout and self-care have been a part of frequent and grand discussions in the psychology field, mainly because of the way modern society operates and how people lead their lives today. With that in mind, this section is dedicated to books that delve on this theme, exploring the vast nature of burnout and the benefits of self-care.

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“Trauma Stewardship” by Laura van Dermoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

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Trauma, if not addressed properly, can be a hazardous and tiring condition for one’s mental health. Especially for caregivers, that often occupy an extremely energy-consuming place in society, trauma can loom over a person for years. Trauma Stewardship directs us to different approaches and activities that can relieve us of these feelings of numbness and helplessness, so that those who tend to others can perform their jobs with a renewed source of energy and a sensible care to themselves and to the people around them.


“Individualisierte Burnout -Therapie (IBT): Ein multimodaler Behandlungsleitfaden” von Gert Kowarowsky

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This manual contains the background knowledge and practical instructions for individual burnout therapy (IBT). It provides extensive knowledge of the factors and their interactions that trigger and maintain a state of complete exhaustion. Additional extensive work materials made available online can be used directly in therapy and counseling and help to individually and systematically record burnout symptoms, analyze causes, activate resources, convey missing skills and support necessary lifestyle changes.

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“Exhaustion – A History” by Anna Katharina Schaffner

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At most times, it can feel like people today are more exhausted than they’ve ever been, with the imminent threat of a natural catastrophe, the constant economical instability, and the demanding technologies. However, author Anna Schafnner aims to explain how exhaustion goes along with the human experience from the beginning of time, and how it can, counterintuitively, empower us.


“Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

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This eye-opening book addresses burnout and stress in a whole new way. Through evidence-based facts, sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski show us how burnout affects women differently than men, and how this is mostly due to the fact that the world has much higher expectations of women. With an engaging and informational narrative, the authors also provide some techniques and strategies to effectively manage stress.

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