Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa Costas, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Crystal Collier, Psy.D.


Self-care has been identified as a critical protective factor against the adverse effects of career-related stress among mental health care professionals. The need for utilization of adequate self-care practices among mental health care professionals remains critical with the number of mental health care professionals endorsing clinically significant levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideations. Research has identified the need and importance of self-care among mental health care providers as well as the adverse consequences of inadequate self-care. This literature review examined the methods and strategies mental health care providers are using to engage in self-care including complementary and alternative methods. This paper also explored the literature to identify whether mental health care providers use the strategies they recommend to their clients. An extensive search was conducted within EBSCO and ProQuest to review a large number of journals and articles to evaluate these areas. Suggestions for clinicians to address their self-care are included based on this review. Implications for clinicians and their clinical work are discussed as well as future research directions.