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
For almost ten years, I worked with medical professionals who were struggling with burnout and/or compassion fatigue.
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, Group Therapy, Individual 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, Couples Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy
My work in public education moves me to continue to be an ally and resource to educators. Educators do the work of compassion and compassion is a courageous act, it asks you to be with others pain and struggle. This work can drain you and our educators deserve the care they give our children. Read more: https://www.danellechapman.com/blog/2018/9/5/listen-and-live-with-a-compassionate-heart
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
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