You attended school, studied diligently and earned your degrees \u2014 not to mention the \u201calphabet soup\u201d of letters those degrees allow you to tack onto the end of your name. You\u2019ve worked with clients to help them learn ways to live happier, healthier lives. You put in your hours and offer clients your best. A dedicated and compassionate clinician, you incorporate your formal training and \u201cseat of the pants\u201d interventions as needed. Your clients are fortunate to have such a well-equipped, competent counselor to guide them. But when it\u2019s time to leave the office, do you leave clients and their problems behind? Is your mind always swirling with ideas for interventions? Do you dream of work and of ways to make your clients\u2019 lives easier? The Drawbacks of Giving Too Much What happens when you take your work home with you, in your briefcase or in your head? Potential pitfalls include compassion fatigue and burnout. Another risk is vicarious traumatization, which can happen when you spend so much time hearing about violence, abuse, neglect and suicidality that you begin to feel affected by these traumas yourself. These stresses accumulate and show themselves in therapists through emotional and physical exhaustion, anxiety and depression, apathy toward clients, feelings of distance from loved ones, absence from work and feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of others\u2019 needs \u2014 to the extent that some clinicians leave the field. In addition to sometimes unintentionally bringing their work home with them, many therapists also feel pressured to be a resource for family and friends. Are you the go-to problem solver for people in your personal life? When someone asks if you can help him or her find treatment, do you immediately turn to the proverbial Rolodex in your brain? Do you indulge people who ask for your advice or your listening ear? If we\u2019re honest, many of us let our desire for gratification overtake our need to set boundaries. I find myself in that position regularly. Therapists are professional helpers: We often help simply because that\u2019s what we were trained to do. Many of us believe we\u2019re obligated to help wherever and whenever we can. Understanding Your Worth Sometimes professional caregivers might feel \u201call gived out\u201d with no energy left. That\u2019s when it\u2019s most important to set boundaries in personal and professional interactions. We have the right \u2014 and the responsibility to ourselves \u2014 to choose how much time to devote to anyone off the clock. Practice saying \u201cno\u201d when you feel you\u2019re being taken for granted. Imagine a plumber regularly being asked to unclog family and friends\u2019 toilets or backed-up bathtubs for free, or a chef who\u2019s expected to cook without compensation. Professionals who understand their worth know they don\u2019t owe their services to anyone. When therapists value themselves, they understand that only they can determine when to render their services \u2014 and that no one else owns their time off the clock.