Burnout and the wounded healer

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by Dr. Paul Theilking, MD. Paul is a psychiatrist, zen practitioner, and Chief Scientific Officer at Novamind. They discuss healthcare provider burnout and other unique challenges of being in the helping/healing professions.

(1:20) Paul introduces himself
(3:11) What is burnout?
(10:00) Connection is key to preventing and/or coping with burnout
(11:39) What does a psycholytic ketamine therapy session look like?
(11:11) Reducing the stigma of seeking mental healthcare among healthcare workers
(14:08) Self-awareness is the first step of burnout prevention
(17:03) Compassion fatigue
(20:43) The "equation" for burnout
(22:14) Compassion fatigue vs emotional boundaries
(24:09) Using meditation paired with personal therapeutic work to mitigate burnout
(27:41) The importance of mindfulness skill-building and practice
(32:20) Cultivating resilience and when it's okay to "quit" or make changes
(36:08) The importance of sleep and Michael Pollan's book, This Is Your Mind on Plants
(39:25) Non-attachment and mindfulness
(47:08) Loving kindness meditation, "Metta", and holding space
(52:00) Don't tie your identity to client/patient outcomes
(57:46) Self-compassion and the importance of a supportive team/environment for preventing burnout

Learn more about our podcast at https://www.psychedelictherapyfrontiers.com/
Learn more about Novamind at https://www.novamind.ca/

Disclaimer: The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice or mental health treatment. Consult with a medical/mental health professional if you believe you are in need of mental health treatment.


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