Professional psychologists provide help to people in need, but how freely do psychologists seek psychotherapy themselves when facing personal challenges and struggles? What obstacles make it difficult for professional psychologists to seek psychotherapy? A survey of 260 professional psychologists (52% response rate) was conducted to investigate the frequency of various stressors impacting professional psychologists and the barriers they experience in seeking mental health services. Though none of the stressors were rated with particularly high frequencies, burnout was identified as the most frequent problem. Difficulty finding a psychotherapist and a lack of time were identified as the greatest obstacles to seeking psychotherapy. Practice and training implications are discussed as well as future research directions.
Bearse, Jennifer Lynn; McMinn, Mark R.; Seegobin, Winston; and Free, Kurt, "Barriers to Psychologists Seeking Mental Health Care" (2013). Faculty Publications - Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program. 114.
Originally published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44, 150-157 in 2013.