Overcoming Burnout

Overcoming Burnout

Research suggests that more than half of us are burned out – feeling significantly depleted, depressed, apathetic, avoidant, tired, hopeless, and a sense of meaninglessness. Throughout this series, we explore factors that might protect us from experiencing this intense, heartbreaking process, and ways to reignite the passion within us – by practicing mindfulness, acceptance, and self-kindness, acknowledging our strengths, and connecting to what matters.

Dr. Sarah Leclerc is a clinical psychologist based in New York. She works with adults who experience anxiety and depression, feel lonely and disconnected, or have a difficult or painful relationship with their bodies and their being. Dr. Sarah deeply values connection and her dream is for individuals to find various spaces in which they feel at home. She believes that connecting with, being in tune with, and loving ourselves can all enhance our ability to feel a deep connection with each other, and to feel at home.

A bit more about her in her own words...
Growing up in Haiti and seeing the pain and suffering that we experience in this life solidified my desires to be a "listener." I was this quiet, shy six year old, who didn't even know the word "therapy." But even then, I could sense that having a space where people could share their stories and feel seen and validated would be a powerful, healing, and much needed space. And so, I persevered. I studied Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of La Verne. I worked in university counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Most recently, I have been fascinated with online counseling. I mostly work with individuals who feel stuck, hopeless, and isolated. I also work with folks who experience trauma and grief, and who aren't sure how to move forward.

I utilize Feminist Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Some of the questions that these theoretical approaches attempt to explore are: can we practice acceptance around the fact that we experience suffering? Can we be present with our suffering? Can we practice engaging in a value-guided, passion-filled life while we're suffering?

Now, that you know a bit about my story, I do hope we can connect with each other. Know that I am so looking forward to walking with you on your journey.

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Overcoming Burnout
  • Rekindling Your Inner Flame

    It can be difficult to practice not letting our inner flame dim or completely burn out because there are mountains of personal and environmental stressors. In this video, we explore the importance of taking daily preventative measures by practicing physical self-care — yoga, hiking, short 15-min ...

  • What Flame Are We Trying To Re-kindle?

    Let’s remember that when we’re burned out and have lost our motivation and energy, first and foremost, we have to practice self-compassion. In this video, we use Neff’s formula — recognizing the difficulty, offering ourselves some words of kindness, as if we’re talking to another being that we lo...

  • What Stops Us from Re-Kindling Our Inner Flame

    Let’s say we’ve got some awesome ways of coping with grief, traumas, isms, and phobias, and we’re practicing grounding, self-care, and self-kindness. We’ve also been reflecting daily on questions like — what do I want? Who do I want to be? What qualities do I want to embody? Why do I want to be t...

  • Stoking the Fire: Practicing to Remember What Matters

    When we practice remembering what matters, we protect ourselves against our inner flame going out and we’re able to connect to aliveness and vitality. In this video, we explore the four main facets of life — work, love, play, and health, and discuss the importance of infusing what matters in all ...