Psychotherapy is a Stressful Job
Managing patients is never an easy task. Providing psychotherapy for every patient adds cumulative stress emotionally and mentally. Not to mention maintaining the patient relationship, administrative work, patient recruitment, personal family issues, long working hours, etc. All these issues add up to a stressful job that contributes to a high annual staff turnover rate exceeding 33% for psychotherapists,
Overwork, Stress, and Feeling Undervalued
We have gone through many reasons that contributed to the overwork and stress environments for psychotherapists. Now, what about being undervalued?
In the psychology profession, there is lesser professional and patient recognition for psychotherapists and counselors as compared to other medical specialists. For mental recovery, there is no absolute certainty that a psychotherapist can measure patients’ recovery.
Apart from stressful work-patient environments, recognition, patient recovery, etc. as challenges, many psychotherapists also feel undervalued and underappreciated in their contributions.
Increasingly Stretched and Under-Resourced
Globally, the number of psychotherapists per 100,000 population is limited, with many countries having less than 10. Simply, this means, on average of 1 psychotherapist per 10,000 people. However, in most countries at any given time, 10% of the population has mental issues.
Taking a country of 10 million population, technically, we will have a psychotherapist population of 100, but a mental patient population of 1 million people. This means one psychotherapist per 10,000 patients, which is overwhelmingly stretched.
So, what about being under-resourced? There is NO detection or analysis of mental illness except diagnosis given by the psychotherapist. Every individual mental patient needs to undergo psychoanalysis by the psychotherapist to determine the condition. But given the growing complexities of many different types of mental illness, the psychotherapists may not be able to cope and to provide the best possible solution or answer for every case.
Support at Work is Insufficient
The mental healthcare industry is hugely overwhelmed with patients and challenges that support is stretched far and thin.
Many health organizations are not placing enough emphasis on mental health, which leads to insufficient support rendered to psychotherapists and the patients.
This support problem is due to insufficient recognition of mental health problems in many countries, but fortunately, the situation is improving in the last decade.
Harassment, Bullying, and Abuse are Common Challenges for Psychotherapists
It’s a shame when psychotherapists suffer harassment, bullying, and even abuse from patients, where these professionals are trying their very best to help.
This abuse are especially common among the younger psychotherapists, who might not have adequate interpersonal skills to handle it. Such abuses are common reasons to cause more than 33% of psychotherapists to quit their jobs or to switch professions entirely.