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Career Counseling Psychiatrist Specialist

Barbara J. Novak, MD

Psychiatrist located in Bethesda, MD

Dr. Barbara Novak serves residents who live in and around the Bethesda, Maryland area, as well as those who live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The doctor specializes in helping her patients work through various school and work difficulties and other related issues. Dr. Novak's office is located in Bethesda and is conveniently close to Rockville, Travilah, Potomac, Cabin John, McLean, Tysons, Pimmit Hills, Woodland Acres, Falls Church, Arlington, Washington, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Garrett Park.

Career Counseling Psychiatrist Q & A

How can a Person Deal With the Stress of a Career Change?

The stress of a career change can be overwhelming if a person is not fully prepared. It is important for a person to always know his options and what other types of work he is capable of doing. In most cases, the stress of a career change comes from not knowing. Knowing one’s abilities and being aware of opportunities that are available, reduces two of the most common unknowns. If a person begins to feel inadequate or unsure of himself because of changes in the workplace, seeing a psychiatrist can help him to begin to cope with some of the major changes he may be facing.

How can a Patient Cope With the Uncertainties of the Future?

In today's world, the workplace is not always the most stable of environments. Many individuals live in constant fear that their next paycheck may be their last. Coping with the uncertainties of the future involves having a plan in place that a person can begin to fall back on if things begin to look uncertain. Even if the plan is never used, the person has the knowledge that the safety net is always present. This can mean opening a savings account and saving a few dollars each month, or attending night classes that will help them get started down a new path if something happens to disrupt their current place of employment.

What Should a Patient Consider When Setting Life Goals?

When a person is ready to set specific life goals, there are many things she should consider. The first step is realizing where one would like to be in the next five to ten years. Every person has her own unique desires and needs. It is helpful to rank each want and need in order of importance. This gives the person a clear idea of what she should attempt first.Those who are career minded may want to focus on goals they wish to achieve in their work first, and then focus on other life goals once they begin to achieve success in the workplace. Knowing what is a priority will help a person make the right decisions on when to get married, start a family, or buy a home, as examples.