The ideal burnout coaching and recovery program; we have burnout coaches in 15 different locations in the Netherlands. Video chat included.
Give burnout recovery a chance. It will do you good in the long run. Open your heart! Talking, especially to an expert, helps: he/she can accommodate your experience and has the professional listening ear that many friends and family do not have. Contact us for a free exploratory conversation about burnout recovery.
Stichting Burnout prefers to work with A&O (occupational) psychologists aged 50+ who have ever been burned out themselves. So we know how you feel. Having burnout, there are a lot of precious lessons to be learned from the past that will make you stronger for the future.
Burnout coach and recovery program. What’s included?
In practical terms, our burnout recovery program means:
- 1 face to face session per week
- emphasis on the first 3 months
- enough homework and exercises between sessions
- burnout recovery expected after 6 months*
*sometimes earlier, depending on the depth of burnout, stress factors employer, private factors, self-confidence candidate.
Usually, employers are prepared to pay for burnout coaching for recovery. If the current working environment is deemed to be not ideal for the burnout employer. And the employer and employee are afraid that significant elements of stress (or ‘malfit’) will exist after burnout recovery, parties can choose to go for ‘second track’, which means: burnout recovery and then outplacement.
Free no obligation meeting about burnout recovery
In our burnout recovery program, our burnout coaches teach you to transform a ‘fragile person’ into a ‘resilient person’ by looking at all the lessons that can be learned from your period you ‘fell burnout’, in the situations that brought you in difficulties. We use ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). This is Problem Solving Therapy, role-playing, stress analysis, mindfulness, and other techniques to get back your self-confidence and ‘self-steering ability’. In more detail, we learn you to:
- to take a step back from work and relax
- choose a meaningful and energizing daily routine while you are still sick
- identify the work stressors
- to look for solutions per work stressor: what can be changed, at work, or about your response to that work stressor
- to make an inventory of which things you turn off and which you should therefore avoid
- to learn to listen to your body, which quickly lets you know when you are dealing with ‘energy guzzlers’
- build confidence in the things you CAN do
- how to convince your employer to take energy guzzlers / chronic work stressors. If you cannot convince your employer, we will write and speak to your employer
- to see whether the job and the working environment suit you
- define what you want and what you don’t want
- develop a healthy and happy career perspective
- make a decision with the employer: EITHER there will be changes in the chronic stressors, or track 2: burnout recovery intervention followed by outplacement
- have all supervision paid by the employer (we are good at convincing employers)
- properly substantiate your file (possibly, with a written diagnosis) and inform the UWV properly, so that the employer MUST cooperate
- avoid returning to work too soon, which would cause you to fear too much and make you fall back into your burnout.
The ideal burnout recovery program
This is our ideal burnout recovery program: burnout recovery coaching program. This program has its fundamentals from:
- science, especially the writings of dr. Diane Bernier (about what distinguishes a successful burnout recovery program from a not successful one) and the Ph.D. work of dr. Rosita Regedanz about burnout recovery – see Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com
- our accumulated practical experience since 2006 (our start), whereby we optimized our program each year.
- incorporation of mindfulness
- incorporation of ACT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
You can find our burnout recovery program in Google Scholar, which means it is scientifically approved. Google Scholar under ‘Kunst van burnout herstel’ (‘the art of burnout recovery’) and you will find our program in Dutch. We are good at convincing employers they should pay for our burnout recovery. As we told earlier on this site, costs are not covered by individual health care because burnout does not fall under ‘individual health’. It is part of ‘work-related health’.
We can make our program custom made
Before SB-2015 and SB-2016 we applied our ’12 steps program’ for burnout recovery, which is available in pdf format: Burnout Recovery 12 sessions.
Explanation in Dutch: burn-out model.
Burn out recovery is often a 6-month process in which the employee completely reorients himself:
- am I really burned out?
- what will the coming months look like for me?
- how did it all come about?
- what have I overlooked, not feel coming?
- what are my own values?
- what are my own limits?
- what am I good at?
- what gives me energy?
- what kind of work context do I need?
- what kind of job do I need?
- what should change at my current job so that I WILL like it?
- is there a THREAT from the employer, or am I actually SUPPORTED to recover and stay?
- what have the ‘energy guzzlers’ been in the run-up to burnout?
- how do I change those energy guzzlers?
- how do I change my relationship with those energy guzzlers?
- can I still do something?
- what are my ENERGY GIVERS?
- how do I build in energy providers at work?
What do you recognize a good burnout recovery program by?
The fact that you are burned out “probably” means that you are a good soul who likes to do your best. Chances are you also expect honesty from anyone posing as a burnout helper – yet there are a number of pitfalls. A good burnout recovery program is characterized by the fact that diagnosis is started immediately with the help of scientifically recognized tests (4DKL, Ubos/MBI, SMBQ) to determine whether you have burnout. They also check for ‘comorbidity’, overlap with other illnesses; burnout often overlaps with depression, this has to be tested, for example with an SCL-90. Other characteristics of a good recovery program include:
- it is built seamlessly on the definition of burnout
- it is not applicable to other illnesses
- it is structured and finite
- goals are set as a result of the burnout analysis
- it involves the environment of the burnout person in the recovery program
- looks for the cause of burnout in the match between the individual and the environment
What not to do?
We often get this question: Why not take up work again without burnout recovery intervention? Too often people think: ‘Have rest for a while, pick up work later’. This does NOT work. You feel some relief at first instance, but you will not heal in the longer term. This is why: without external burnout recovery coaching (as done by Stichting Burnout):
- you are still not able to ‘draw your lines’ so you do not become depleted
- you lack insight in your stress factors and energy drainers
- you lack insight in your energy ‘boosters’ or replenishers
- you have not learned to feel your associated physical signals when in disstress
- you have not learned to work ‘organically’, meeting your needs
- you have little idea ‘how to re-organise your work’ to lower distress and enhance pleasure; you need analysis and proposals from a burnout coach for that
- you have little idea of ‘what to kindly ask your employer for’, in terms of job/adjustments on the job/other job, in order to ‘heal’ and not become burnout again.On this page we further elaborate on what is desirable with burnout recovery, and what not. We are going to discuss:
- ‘flanking measures’ – such as ‘sports’ or ‘holidays’ – are always good, but as an ‘addition to’ something that touches the core. Flanking measures alone will not solve the problem.
- ‘gz / ggz pitfall’ – some things you should know about gz / ggz – an industry that does not recognize burnout but likes to make money (and advertise on it)
1. Flanking measures
- living quietly
- doing relaxing thing
- period of 100% sick leave
Why would this not be enough? For the following reasons:
- above activities do not inventarize/pin down HOW THE BURNOUT CAME – and thus you remain totally unprotected for the future. With our BBTI Problem Analysis you can analyze what was hard for you: PA – Problem Analysis UK (overwrite example text and values by own words and numbers)
- flanking measures do nothing about your energy drainers and energy boosters at work
- flanking measures do not deal with your ‘coping style’.
- flanking measures do not deal with the WORKING CONTEXT – the context where burnout arose. Burnout is a contextual illness. You need a burnout coach, burnout psychologists that is very knowledgeable about working contexts and coping styles, to research what happened by hindsight, and to experiment with new behavior.
2. Pitfall GZ = GGZ
Another pitfall, apart from ‘flanking measures’, is GZ/GGZ. (Psychic health care.) This sector is dominated by psychiatry and DSM, Diagnostical Statistical Manual (of personality disorders), whilst burnout is not a personality disorder but an ‘occupational health disease’. That is the reason that GZ/GGZ is a) not reimbursed by health care insurance b) not knowledgeable about how to cure burnout.
Quite a lot of GZ/GGZ operate under new flashy websites, attract you with the word ‘burnout’ but intend to change the diagnosis of burnout into something else, in order to be reimbursed. So you come for burnout, but they do not apply the burnout guideline and tests, H&W_NVAB-12_LESA_LR_overspanningburnout, perform other tests and ‘blame’ a personality trait of yours for the burnout. Then they can get reimbursement under the false diagnosis, and you get the wrong treatment, but these organisations get their money which was their main goal. Some employers like these practices, because they obscure the relationship with work, and lower the risk of having to pay bezava in case you are not healthy after 2 years of illness, when your contract is dismantled. Bezava in ENGLISH