Teachers and Educating Professionals

Counselling to meet the unique mental health needs of educating professionals. 

Teachers offer everything to their students: they model healthy behaviour, foster learning and engagement, and provide their students with uncompromised value and guidance in their early developmental years. Teachers give their unpaid time, efforts, empathy, long working hours and late nights at school and at home committed to optimizing their students learning.

Teacher stress arises from a variety of sources that contribute to negative mental health effects.
Some of these predispositions and contributing factors include:

Personality characteristics that include “people pleasers” and “high achievers”, often holding unrealistic standards for themselves.  

Job characteristics and demands inherent with the teaching role, including learning and teaching the curriculum, navigating multiple parties and wearing many “hats” 

Stress associated with challenging classroom dynamics and lack of administrative and organizational support

Workplace culture that leads to interpersonal conflict and contribute to stress response

Consistent and overwhelming job-related tasks and demands that take up excessive time and emotional resources

Limitations of resources that can leave teachers feeling restricted in their autonomy, training and decision-making process

Interpersonal difficulties in the academic setting (students, parents, administration)

Contributing stressors from personal domains of life, including with family and friends

Therapy

Support for teachers and educators

Stress, overwhelm, anxiety and depression experienced by teachers can result in negative effects in both the professional and personal domain. Teachers have the right to access quality, evidence based mental health support so that they can best show up for themselves, their families, and their students.