Compassion fatigue, also called vicarious trauma, refers to the secondary exposure to trauma seen in fields where workers are directly exposed to the trauma of the people they are caring for. People in caregiving professions tend to work in environments that constantly present emotional, sad and and heart-wrenching circumstances where providing compassion becomes a necessary part of the job. While it can be fulfilling to help others, it can also create an enormous amount of stress and fatigue that can start to affect the compassionate individual in negative ways. Accepting the presence of compassion fatigue validates that you are a caring and nurturing person. With the support of a mental health professional, you can find ways to cope with and change how you are impacted by the compassion fatigue you’ve been experiencing. This may include learning where to find social support and practicing self-care.
Local Experts in Compassion Fatigue
Compassion Fatigue is one of my primary specialties. I've experienced plenty of it myself, and I believe the helping professions can do better to support their own. Treating compassion fatigue is not about telling you to go more yoga or just quit your job. It's complex, and traumatic. I use a combination of therapeutic techniques for trauma and professional consultation to help you through.
It does not matter how put together you are, how much you love your job, or how strong you are, constant helping can lead to compassion fatigue which can lead to burn out. We can't help it, our brain just gets tired. Together we can re-establish some space in your brain so that you can give to yourself, those you love and your job without feeling tired of people and helping them.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy
Whether through work, caring for loved ones, or a calling into a field that requires you to give, it is easy to experience compassion fatigue. I work with clients to recognize boundaries, implement restoration plans, and realistic lifestyle goals in order not burn out. Whether in the mental health field or not, compassion fatigue is real and its burden can be lessened.
Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Group Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy
I worked with many caregivers during my time working in the senior housing industry: both at-home, family caregivers as well as professional caregivers. It is one of the hardest, most stressful, often under-appreciated role and also one of the most meaningful and needed roles in our society.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Child Therapy
I am currently accepting clients for a closed therapy group based on compassion fatigue and burn out. This group is specifically for those in the helping professions. Working inpatient, I have seen how compassion fatigue can affect a person and I have created an 8 week program to help.
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
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