Work and money are generally closely linked to each other, since values and actions related to one generally reinforce values and actions related to the other. When values and actions regarding work and money become incompatible, psychological distress occurs. My work with clients often involves exploring the meaning of work and money in clients’ lives, and devising strategies to balance their demands with the demands of other important aspects of their lives.
Dissatisfaction with their careers, relationship problems with managers, co-workers, or direct reports, and reduced interest in work often bring clients to my office. As many of us spend two-thirds or more of our waking time performing work-related activities, distress that surrounds work often becomes an issue that needs to be addressed through psychotherapy. For many professionals, the days of 9-to-5 jobs are long gone, replaced with more flexible schedules in exchange for employees being available outside of the regular work hours. On the one hand, many people report higher job satisfaction through work being more flexible. On the other hand, work responsibilities put strain on family and personal relationships, or push out all other aspects of people’s lives.