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In today’s fast paced work environments, stress is a part of daily life. There are many pressures to do and be the best at everything. High levels of stress can eventually lead to burnout, especially for those who serve in the human services field such as counselors.

Do you suffer from counselor stress or burnout? Take this simple questionnaire to find out.

Instructions: for each question, select an answer from the following choices: Never, Sometimes, Often, Always.

  1. Do you have problems getting out of bed in the morning?
  2. Do you find it hard to get to sleep?
  3. Do you bring the problems of your clients home with you?
  4. Do you find that counter-transference has become a barrier in effectively treating your clients on a daily basis?
  5. Do you feel like you do not have empathy towards clients?
  6. Has there been a decrease in time spent towards leisure activities?
  7. Do you feel like you are irritable and often grouchy?
  8. Do you feel like you have isolated yourself from family and friends?
  9. Do you feel run down and tired?
  10. Do you feel that you are seeking appreciation from clients and are often frustrated when you don’t receive it?



To determine your stress/burnout level, calculate the total point value of your answers. Point values are as follows:

  • Never – 0 points
  • Sometimes – 1 point
  • Often – 2 points
  • Always – 3 points



  • 0 points: Wow! Either you’re the perfect counselor with no stress, or perhaps you fibbed on this quiz!
  • 1 – 12 points: There may be some stress at work, but not enough to worry about burnout.
  • 13 – 21 points: Some stress may be present in your job. Might want to keep an eye on things so you don’t get burned out.
  • 21 – 30 points: You may be suffering from counselor stress and/or burnout. Take time now to change your habits and attitudes. You can look further on our website to find out some remedies or you may want to seek help from a professional counselor to help manage your feelings.

Disclaimer: the material contained within this questionnaire is a synthesized result of research done by graduate students in the counseling program at Bradley University. All resources used are in the public domain and are acknowledged in the references section of the Counseling Stress and Burnout web site. This questionnaire is intended solely for use as an indicator of potential counseling-related stress and burnout; as is the case with any form of assessment, it should not be the sole basis for self-diagnosis, nor should it be considered a substitute for a professional diagnosis and/or treatment. If you feel that you are experiencing stress and/or burnout, we recommend that you consult a physician and/or counselor. This questionnaire was created by and is the exclusive property of Shannon Raya and David Verdick. No portion of this questionnaire may be used or reproduced without the explicit permission of the creators. Copyright © 2000 Shannon Raya and David Verdick. All rights reserved.
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