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Portraits of Burnout

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Portraits of Burnout project!  


To validate the stories of helping professionals who have experienced burnout and to increase community understanding, awareness, and support for those impacted.  



A series of 20 portraits (both representational and non-representational art works) to illustrate helping professionals’ personal experiences of burnout, to be shown in an art exhibition next year (2020).  Currently, the project is in the early stages of development and is a personal passion project, but it has the potential to develop into something much bigger.


I am looking to collect burnout stories from therapists to inspire a series of drawings that investigate the role of burnout in helping professions. If you have one that you'd like to share, I invite you to complete this 3-minute survey.  Thank you in advance for your help!



  1. To provide a greater sense of purpose and meaning to the experience of burnout and to transform this shameful experience into something beautiful and new.

  2. To provide a platform for those who want to share their stories to have their stories heard, seen, and validated.

  3. To reduce feelings of isolation for those who are experiencing burnout by developing an anonymous community of folks who share the experience.

  4. To educate health care professionals and corporations on the importance of developing accessible employee wellness programs and encouraging folks to take advantage of those programs without fear of retaliation and judgment.

  5. To educate the general public about the nature of burnout and its effects on individuals, employers, and the community at large.


For more information about the project or to sign up for updates, please contact Michelle via e-mail here.

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