How I became a Joyful Doctor...
Hi, I'm Caroline!
I have first hand experience of how the pressures of working to help others can impact on your life through burnout, bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction.
I got tired of seeing my colleagues succumbing to the constant pressures of work - leading many to become disillusioned, depressed and in some cases even suicidal...
I had to do something!
I am a psychiatrist, therapist, speaker, trainer, and coach.
For over ten years I helped overworked and underappreciated doctors who struggled with their mental health or career choices to stop ‘just existing’ and instead embrace life and take steps towards a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life and career.
The organisations I worked with helped their doctors to embrace their inherent strengths, take better care of themselves and each other, and to feel more energised and optimistic about their work and their future careers.
I founded The Joyful Doctor to support even more doctors to get the help they needed, without fear of judgement or negative consequences.
Then the more we helped doctors the more we realised that our work could help others too...
At the heart of everything we do...
Whether it's working with high-stress professionals who are struggling to stay healthy, supporting them to explore their career options, or helping organisations to better support their staff, we focus on compassion, courage and most of all... joy!
I have wanted to be a doctor since I was 6 years old but as it turned out, when I finally qualified aged 24, it wasn't quite what I thought it would be...
I didn't know what I was doing - and I was scared!
I struggled - with the workload, the pressures, the emotional burden, but most of all I struggled with what was going on inside my own head.
To others everything looked fine. But on the inside I thought I was rubbish, not good enough, an imposter... bound to get ‘found out’ at any moment and struck off for being a 'bad doctor’. Things got so bad that I burnt out and got depressed very quickly. I also drank far too much to try and cope.
My twenties were a blur of depressive episodes, trying to fit in and to 'do life' the way I thought I should. My thirties didn’t start much better - with episodes of high mood, an unexpected pregnancy and a sad divorce... But through it all, I clung in there... always trying to improve myself.
Until one day I realised... I was okay just the way I was!
+ I began to relax, to drop the responsibilities that weren't mine (like making others happy) and started taking responsibility for myself.
+ I started taking healthy risks instead of unhealthy ones... and life began to bring me happiness I never thought was possible.
+ I pursued my dreams to train in psychotherapy (as a doctor) and to specialise in Doctors' Wellbeing.
+ I kept on dreaming, whilst putting one foot in front of the other, until one day my dreams materialised into The Joyful Doctor!
Since that day we have helped thousands of individuals change their lives for the better. If you'd like to know more about how we can help you to live and work more joyfully...
“...inspired by your website and your story of great courage”
“What Caroline is creating for medics at this critical time when burnout is high and physicians are leaving the profession is visionary”