Navigating Life's Challenges

Help for Helpers – A Resource for Health-Care Professionals

Help for Helpers is a psychotherapeutic service designed to provide support, empathy and effective self-care strategies for Health-Care Professionals. As direct-care service providers, we regularly attend to our clients’ health on multiple levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, (and perhaps spiritually), in order to support their ideal functioning. Dedication to the needs of the clients we serve can be challenging and stressful when combined with our own personal or family challenges.

When we are focused on caring for others, it can be difficult to recognize our own struggles and to maintain a proper balance between career, home and self-care. Prioritizing our own health and happiness is vital to optimal well-being. We can accomplish this by making time for relaxation, exercise, eating well, family and friends, and engaging in personal interests. Actively pursuing self-care creates greater balance in our lives both professionally and personally.

Help for the Helper is designed to help you resolve job stressors, improve relationships, build effective problem-solving strategies and incorporate regular self-care. Psychotherapy guides you to access resources that bring serenity, strength, and vitality to your life, and in turn, to the clients you serve. Together, we can explore how you may create greater balance and health, increase confidence and improve overall functioning.

Help for the Helper has been developed for the:

  • mental health clinician, social worker, school counselor, substance abuse counselor
  • physician, PA/ APRN, nurse, LNA, naturopath
  • physical, occupational, or speech therapist
  • chiropractor, acupuncturist, midwife
  • massage therapist/body worker
  • special needs care provider, case manager
  • hospice care giver
  • any health care provider

Help for the Helper offers support for:

  • Work stress and burnout
  • Mood or anxiety difficulties
  • Compassion fatigue or over-investment
  • Secondary traumatization/countertransference
  • Interpersonal conflicts/relationship problems
  • Career decisions or life transitions
  • Accessing spiritual resources/mindfulness
  • Personal growth/cultivating self-awareness
  • Building self-care strategies and balance
  • Ethical decision making

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Help for Helpers is coordinated by Leela Howard, LCMHC. Leela may be reached at 603-924-2240, ext. 8304, or by email at lhoward@MAPSnh.org