Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Barbara A Golden, PsyD, ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Anna Zacharcenko, PsyD


Therapists face a great deal of stress in their day-to-day work, which arises from issues regarding psychotherapy effectiveness, therapist gender, client population, and job dissatisfaction. These stressors make therapists susceptible to personal mental health issues, which can lead to burnout. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between therapist perception of therapeutic effectiveness, perceived stress, and burnout experienced by the therapist as influenced by, but not limited to, therapist gender, client population, the type of setting in which the therapist works, and length of time in the field. Findings from this study may provide insight into stressors experienced by therapists at present, as well as the relationship between perceived therapeutic effectiveness and therapist demographics. A review of current literature, including an overview of stress, is presented. Possible explanations, limitations of the study, and implications of the findings are also discussed.

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