Do you “live to work” or “work to live”?
If you’re the average American worker, then you’ll devote approximately 90,000 hours of your adult life to working.
Even if you’re 100% satisfied with your job, those statistics can sound overwhelming. Now imagine—if this doesn’t already apply to your situation—hating what you do for a living.
Working 40 hours a week can seem like serving out a prison sentence, especially when your talents are being underutilized and underappreciated or your “work family” is lazy, incompetent, or rude.
Counseling for career guidance and work life issues can help you to discover a rewarding occupation that capitalizes on your abilities and optimizes your levels of motivation, performance, and job satisfaction. At Lifeologie, our career counseling experts motivate clients to pursue a career defined by self-enrichment and personal fulfillment (“living to work”) instead of suffering through the drudgery of an oppressive career that you despise simply because it pays the bills (“working to live”).
In addition, our collaborative team of 30+ therapists addresses the following work-related issues:
7 Common Topics Addressed During Careers & Work Life Counseling:
- Job/Career Changes: Summoning forth the courage and determination to “break up” with an abusive or unsatisfying job—and wisely planning your exit strategy; Exploring enjoyable career opportunities that marry your occupational interests and natural talents to your qualifications and previous work experience; Strategizing for a career change that requires additional education, licensures, networking, or skills; Mastering a career transition in later life or advocating for the promotion that you so richly deserve
- Job Loss: Allowing yourself the opportunity to grieve and processing complex emotions of anger, depression, anxiety, guilt, or shame; Drafting a survival budget and maximizing your unemployment benefits or managing your debts; Redirecting your gaze to the future—to new vocations, more favorable work environments, and improved job security
- Motivation & Performance: Identifying the origins of motivational slumps (under-stimulating or repetitive tasks, inadequate compensation, or unrewarding work environments; struggles with anxiety, depression, or mind-numbing boredom; and overly demanding projects or workloads that make you feel destined for failure); Reclaiming lost inspiration and bolstering your self-esteem; Enhancing job task performance and managing performance-paralyzing sources of stress
- Perfectionism & Risk Aversion: Would you rather… attempt an assignment and risk failure OR never undertake the task and predictably fail? For many individuals, the first option would be considered a no-brainer; but for individuals with crippling perfectionism or risk aversion, accepting the assignment AND not succeeding would mean that your “very best” wasn’t considered “good enough”. Counseling for perfectionism in the workplace can motivate you to: Confront your fear of failure and conquer the pitfalls of Type-A perfectionism; Set realistic daily objectives and long-term goals; Silence the self-defeating voice of internal criticism; and extinguish self-sabotaging habits that interfere with workplace performance, productivity, and advancement
- Impostor Syndrome & Inadequacy: Do you have flashes of internal clarity, in which your glaring intellectual, mechanical, or professional “inadequacies” make you feel like an impostor in your chosen occupation? Does retooling your resume only serve to highlight your “lack” of accomplishments in your designated field? Life coaching or individual therapy services that target sensations of personal inadequacy can assist you with: Appreciating your strengths and accepting your limitations; Developing the unwavering confidence to excel under pressure; and investigating root causes (adverse childhood experiences or mental health challenges) that underlie severe sensations of personal insufficiency
- !@#$% Coworkers & Supervisors: Cultivating the interpersonal tools to tolerate !@#$% colleagues or hostile bosses; and knowing your legal rights and company resources to combat sexual harassment, malicious gossip, or discrimination (unequal hiring or compensation practices instituted by a company on the basis of your race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or transgender identification, religion, age, or disability, veteran, martial, or pregnancy status)
- Stress Management: Expanding your network of occupational and social support; Striking a healthier balance among workplace obligations and family, romance, leisure, or self-enrichment opportunities; Conquering perfectionism and overcoming procrastination; and establishing a sleep hygiene routine or exercise regimen that will boost the functioning of your immune system and enhance your mental well-being
How Can Therapy Services for Career and Work Issues Help Me?
No career is perfect. Although some of us will take to managerial responsibilities or office politics with effortless ease and self-assurance; whereas others of us would rather gouge out our eyes than attend an after-hours company function. However, personal differences and comfort levels aside: some jobs are less miserable than others. Therefore, perhaps the most essential goal of careers & work issues counseling is accepting that the perfect job simply doesn’t exist—but also knowing when you deserve better. Our team of qualified career counseling specialists and life coaches can help you to:
- Articulate your interests, abilities, and limitations in a concerted effort to forge a pathway toward a more satisfying career
- Recover from the grief of job loss; instill or recruit personal resilience; and outwit the challenges of the unemployment period
- Enhance suffering job performance and recapture or restore lost motivation
- Overcome destructive perfectionism, procrastination, risk aversion, or paralyzing sensations of inadequacy
- Outshine hostile coworkers or antagonistic supervisors and succeed despite setbacks associated with discrimination or harassment in the workplace
- Manage your stress level through the use of practical and innovative techniques, including the restructuring of your daily schedule and exploring alternative therapies (such as mindfulness, meditation, or psychotherapeutic yoga) that instill the principles of self-relaxation