Therapy is the New Starbucks

Posted on April 13, 2009 by



By Alison Amorello

The economy remains in a fragile state and consumers are forced to make sacrifices. Espresso enthusiasts around the country may long for Starbucks lattes but tight budgets are forcing even the trendiest coffee drinkers to caffeinate in more practically priced establishments.

Deirde Donovan, an Emmanuel College professor, admits that the McDonald’s drive-through suddenly seems like a much better breakfast option. “The first thing to go in a downturn economy is disposable expenses,” said Donovan.

But Carl Schneider, a Cambridge based collaborative psychotherapist, believes that some things are worth splurging for-especially if you are currently out of work.

Schneider offered a six week course entitled “Handling Layoff’s and Joblessness” at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. It was designed to help individuals manage their negative feelings, rebuild resumes and take advantage of contacts and recourses in order to find a new job.

Unfortunately for the jobless persons in need of a pep talk, the rate of enrollment was $130. With only one name on the roster-the course was consequently cancelled.

Regardless, Schneider considers the class an intelligent investment. He feels the fee is minimal for an opportunity to get your career back on track. “Continuing to feel self-worth is difficult after facing a job rejection.” said Schneider, “Students learn from each other that they are not the only ones experiencing the scary feelings they have, and just for that it is worth it.”

The job hunting competition is fierce and presenting oneself with confidence after a loss can be nearly impossible. Schneider suggests networking and utilizing contacts as one of the most effective strategies when attempting to secure a position.

Unwilling to name any one challenge as the most difficult, Schneider explains that there are several devastating aspects of losing a job-the first of which is survival.

Aside from putting food on the table, one also must deal with the emotional challenge. “Resulting behaviors like irritability, insomnia, forgetfulness and clumsiness scare job hunters and those close to them.” said Schneider.

Those who are out of work may be clutching their coins but investing in a program that could get you back on a payroll may be a great decision. Paying the fee may mean sacrificing 7 weeks of coffee, but you won’t need caffeine if you’re suffering from insomnia.