How have experienced therapists avoided burnout?

My posted answer to a question for therapists on Linkedin :

In addition to the standard suggestions for stress management, personal therapy has been critically important to my balance and contentedness { the initial years as well as intermittently all along the trail since a clinical psych PhD [50 years, if counted from my under-grad summers as attendant in a Psych ward ], 43 years if counted from PhD]. Working as an attendant has been the other most valuable teacher about the usually hidden realities about us and our vocation.
None of the several reasons offered for not having personal therapy seem sufficient to me. I’d boil them all down, not to arrogance, but simply to fear. For what other reasons would so many healers not experience the supposed personal and professional benefits of being on the other side of the dialogue?
I’ve come to believe that people become therapists primarily to deal with their own original family pain. Recent manual-ized therapy might not include this route to deeper personal awareness and its added benefits of growth and resilience. Yet, a decade or two of clinical experience certainly should clarify both the utility, if not the necessity, of regular personal treatment.

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