What is Burnout? 

“A state of fatigue or frustration brought on by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward.“ - Herbert J. Freudenberger

Burnout is a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment that can occur among individuals who work with people in some capacity.

A key aspect of the burnout syndrome is increased feelings of emotional exhaustion, as emotional resources are depleted, workers feel they are no longer able to give of themselves at a psychological level. Another aspect of the burnout syndrome is the development of depersonalization, that is, negative, cynical attitudes and feelings about one's clients.  This callous or even dehumanized perception of others can lead staff members to view their clients as somehow deserving of their troubles.

A third aspect of the burnout syndrome, reduced personal accomplishment, refers to the tendency to evaluate oneself negatively, particularly with regard to one's work with clients. Workers may feel unhappy about themselves and dissatisfied with their accomplishments on the job.


Burnout is a severe problem affecting professionals in many occupational groups. Burnout has many consequences for the individual including physical illness, increased feelings of hopelessness, irritability, impatience, and poor interpersonal relationships with family / coworkers /others. In severe cases, burnout can cause diminished executive functioning, attention, and memory.

Burnout can be assessed for severity and cause, and remedied by individual intervention and sophisticated organizational change programs. By addressing burnout, you can increase your personal wellness, and improve satisfaction and quality of work.


It is important to take steps to minimize the risk of burnout before it happens. The personal, social, and organizational costs of burnout can be considerable in terms of physical health, psychological well-being, and work performance. A great prevention strategy is to build an engaged workforce before there are major problems. People who are engaged with their work are better able to cope with the challenges that they encounter, and thus are more likely to recover from stress.

Improving working relationships plays an important role in alleviating burnout. By focusing on engagement an employee's can experience enhanced energy, vigor, and resilience. Their involvement in work tasks can also improve that will ensure their dedication and sense of efficacy and success on the job.


I provide burnout solutions for physicians, nurses, health aides, social workers, health counselors, therapists, police, correctional officers, clergy, medical personnel, educators such as teachers, administrators, other staff members, management, customer service, maintenance and more!


If you think you may be experiencing burnout, you can take this quick self-assessment tool to help you check yourself for burnout. It helps you look at the way you feel about your experiences at work, life and relationships, so that you can get a feel for whether you are at risk for burnout. Read more here about how to recover from the symptoms of burnout. 


The Maslach Burnout Toolkit™ combines the Maslach Burnout Inventory™ (MBI) and Areas of Work-life Survey (AWS) to measure burnout with work-life context. Recognized as the leading measure of burnout, the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) is validated by the extensive research that has been conducted in the more than 35 years since its initial publication.

Teena will administer this to you as an individual or for your organization.

  • The MBI has been recognized for more than a decade as the leading measure of burnout. The MBI assesses professional burnout in human services, education, business, and government professions.
  • The AWS assesses the organizational context of burnout.
  • Together the MBI+ AWS measure burnout with work-life context.


  • Leadership 
  • Psychological Capital 
  • Achievement/Professional Fulfillment
  • Engagement 
  • Fatigue 
  • Stress 
  • Distress 
  • Quality of Life 
  • Composite Well-Being Measure


The first step in my process is to schedule a Free Consultation with me so that we can discuss what your current challenges are. Then from here, I will provide you with my recommendations. If we choose to work together, I will discuss the details with you at this time. If we choose not to work together, I will provide an appropriate referral.