Mental Health in the Workplace


Is your job stressing you out? You’re not alone. We want to help you be stress-free, confident, and successful throughout your career.

For both young and seasoned professionals, there is often a high level of stress and pressure to perform well in the workplace, especially when starting a new job or making a career move. The pressure of work goals and deadlines, making good impressions, meeting expectations, adjusting to a workplace culture, learning the ropes, and juggling work alongside personal responsibilities, managing finances, and trying to have some sort of work-life balance can all lead to stress and anxiety.

Specifically, imposter syndrome is a common experience for young professionals or those who are stepping into a new domain. This is a pervasive, self-imposed feeling of not belonging or not being qualified to be in their role or profession. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and unworthiness. It is often brought on by the pressure to succeed and the fear of failure. Those suffering from imposter syndrome often feel like their success is a product of good luck, rather than their own hard work and talent, especially if it is the first time someone is in the “real world” following graduation from college or graduate school. After spending several years in a structured academic environment, the transition to the real world can be overwhelming. The prospect of having to navigate new social and professional settings can be unnerving and a general fear of the unknown can cause significant stress. This type of stress and internalized self-doubt can be devastating. It can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and it can also affect your ability to perform your job effectively. 

In addition, job burnout refers to a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion that results from prolonged and excessive stress in the workplace. It often occurs when individuals feel overwhelmed, drained, and unable to meet the demands of their position. Job burnout can affect anyone in the workforce, regardless of their age, occupation, level of experience, or industry. It is not limited to a specific demographic or profession. Those who struggle with job burnout or other mental health struggles in the workplace may be hesitant to take on new challenges or responsibilities due to their fear of failure. They may also have trouble accepting constructive criticism, as they see it as proof of their inabilities. Unfortunately, even the most talented professionals can struggle to feel confident in the workplace. These feelings are valid and should be normalized.  

Our therapists at River Oaks Psychology understand the very real struggles that you might be going through. We recognize that struggling with mental health in the workplace can be challenging and impact various aspects of one’s life, including overall well-being, job performance, and personal relationships. Therapy can be an invaluable tool for stress-management, boosting your confidence, developing stronger communication, enhancing your workplace relationships, exploring your professional skills and strengths, and deepening your understanding of how your current emotions may be affecting your day-to-day performance.

Our goal is to help you succeed and grow in your career. Let’s talk about real skills and strategies to manage stress in the workplace.

With support, it gets better.

Although being in a stressful work environment can be overwhelming, there are many ways to build confidence so you feel prepared and excited to navigate through your career. Often, the most effective way to work on stress management or personal insecurities is by talking to a trusted professional who can connect the dots and help you discover the reasons behind stress, anxiety, self-doubt, feelings of defeat, and more. Are you comparing yourself to others? Struggling with role conflict? Unsure how to use your strengths to your advantage at work? Maybe you’re struggling with toxic workplace culture, unclear communication from superiors, or mixed messages about what success looks like in your job environment. Whatever you’re facing, your feelings are valid and we can help you untangle things together. Therapy gives you space to 100% focus on yourself, your needs, and your goals for finding career fulfillment – without any judgment.