Diverse Clinicians Series: Wellness and Self-Care in High Stress Jobs with Dr. Bernice Patterson | POP 733

A photo of Dr. Bernice Patterson is captured. Dr. Bernice Patterson is a passionate and gifted psychologist, speaker, consultant, preacher, and author. Dr. Bernice Patterson is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Do you prioritize self-care and wellness or do you find yourself always on the edge of burnout? Are you scheduling wellness into your routine? What should you do to maintain wellness in a high-stress job?

In the fourth episode of the Diverse Clinicians Series, Joe Sanok speaks about wellness and self-care in high-stress jobs with Dr. Bernice Patterson.

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Meet Dr. Bernice Patterson

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Dr. Bernice Patterson is a passionate and gifted psychologist, speaker, consultant, preacher, and author.  She is the founder and CEO of Infinity Consultation Group where she collaborates with clients to deliver workshops and seminars on challenging topics, including issues of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Self-Care and Burnout Prevention, and Mental Health and Spirituality.

She is passionate about seeing the worlds of psychology and spirituality come together to speak to the real and relevant needs of the people and organizations that she serves. Her goal is for others to know without a shadow of a doubt, that they have value, they have a voice, and that they are allowed to show up.

Visit Dr. Patterson’s website and connect on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

In this Podcast:

  • Normalize the need for self-care and maintenance
  • Tips for self-care in a high-stress job
  • Dr. Bernice Patterson’s advice to private practitioners

Normalize the need for self-care and maintenance

One of the best things that therapists can do to practice wellness and self-care is to acknowledge the fact that practicing as a therapist is difficult right now.

Due to the current state of the world, therapists and their clients are going through similar issues at the same time. Therapists need to admit that they also need to be cared for, and must make space to take care of themselves.

When these people who are not accustomed to struggling are struggling, they oftentimes feel like they’re doing it in isolation, and that they are the only people who are having these struggles. (Dr. Bernice Patterson)

Find a supportive community to be a part of because it supports you while showing you that you are not alone.

4 tips for self-care in a high-stress job

  1. Find an accountability partner.
  2. Schedule self-care and wellness into your routine and guard this time.
  3. What brings you joy? Can you permit yourself to do these things again?
  4. Give yourself permission to not have everything together at all times.

When you have people who hold you accountable to be kind to [yourself], it’s a lot harder to blow it off. (Dr. Bernice Patterson)

Dr. Bernice Patterson’s advice to private practitioners

You are worth the disruption to the norm, to the preconceived notions of who you are supposed to be and how you are supposed to show up. Fully embrace who you are, step, and stay in your truth.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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