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Psychotherapist Zoe Shaw, Psy.D., to Speak About Burnout and Boundaries at the Well Defined Women in Leadership Summit

Discover how to get out of your own way with boundaries that can help banish burnout


Burnout, the emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion that comes from overwhelming and prolonged stress, is a growing challenge in the workplace. This is especially true for women who have been found to be 32 percent more likely to experience burnout than men, according to Future Forum’s August 2022 survey. The report also noted that burnout rose to 40 percent globally in the third quarter—an 8 percent rise from May—with the most significant increase in the U.S., where 43 percent of desk workers reported feeling burned out. Addressing the topic of burnout and how to avoid it, Zoe Shaw, Psy.D., a psychotherapist and life coach, will speak at the Well Defined Women in Leadership Summit on January 23, 2024.

In a session titled, Banishing Burnout with Boundaries, Shaw will identify the four cognitive distortions—internal biases and habitual thoughts—that can lead to burnout and prevent women from achieving success in their work and personal lives. “Burnout is real, and it’s not pretty,” says Shaw. “It happens when we reach the end of our emotional tether. Burnout is entirely preventable if we are intentional about creating and maintaining healthy boundaries.” 

A licensed psychotherapist, speaker, podcast host, relationship coach, and fitness fanatic, Shaw is passionate about helping women who struggle in difficult relationships, especially that sometimes difficult relationship with themselves, overcome shame and co-dependency. She is the author of the Ask Dr. Zoe column for Grit and Grace Life, a website for strong women and those who want to be, and author of A Year of Self-Care: Daily Practices and Inspiration for Caring for Yourself.

A wife and mother of five, Shaw has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, where she also competed as a sprinter and hurdler.

She began her private practice in California in 1999. After 15 years in traditional psychotherapy practice, she jumped off the couch and now helps women using a different modality with a mix of virtual therapy, coaching services, her book, and more.

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About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.