Clinical psychologists also seek therapy | India News
I love what I do and feel guilty if I am not always available. I have mixed emotions. I also feel exhausted and ambushed. Is this really happening? sighs Radhika Bapat, to mild young woman, its thoughts wavering relentlessly.
On other times, these are questions she would have been answering to help others combat her anxiety and fear. But for the first time in his career, Dad, a clinical psychologist, found herself experiencing the same emotions with them.
One of the hardest parts of being a therapist, in high demand during the pandemic, has been the parallel experience of helping as well. many customers cope with the crises they have been through themselves.
Bapat says its caseload was manageable last year. “People were dealing with the shock and the threat, but they were more careful and responsible. This year we are dealing mainly with panic and pain ”. By March of this year, Bapat had become his own client and could barely fight the urge to reject clients or terminate therapy.
The blurring of boundaries also took its toll. Telepsychiatry became the new normal in the pandemic after the central government first allowed it last year to help people access therapy from home. The Telemedicine Society of India in February it registered an increase of around 302% in online mental health consultations.
To overcome burnout, or compassion fatigue, mental health professionals have been seeking therapy to examine their own emotional state.
For Bapat it was about choosing between his clients and his sanity. “On the one hand, you know that their problems are real and that the anguish is palpable, but when your phone rings continuously with emergency messages or they add you to a WhatsApp group without consent, it is too much to take.” In March, he received help.