Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, sometimes called "secondary traumatic stress disorder," is a combination of symptoms most commonly seen among those who work directly with victims of trauma, disaster, or illness, especially in the healthcare industry. When caregivers don't have the opportunity or energy to practice self-care in the midst of helping others, compassion fatigue can result. Symptoms of compassion fatigue can mimic those of chronic stress and often include feelings of apathy and isolation. Working with a mental health professional can help prevent the onset of compassion fatigue by helping caregivers develop mechanisms to manage and cope with stress, and build in time for self-care. If you are already feeling the stress of compassion fatigue, a qualified therapist can help you to recover. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s compassion fatigue experts today.

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It is common for animal care professionals (veterinarians, vet techs, wildlife rehabbers, zoo keepers, support staff, etc) to develop burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, suicidal thoughts, and depression. As a fur-mom and animal lover, it is my honor to give you a space to process, build coping skills, and set boundaries to improve work/life balance, improve self-care, and carry on with the important work you do.

— Ashton Burdick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cleveland, NC

Stressful and traumatic experiences are common in both human and animal care environments. Krista meets caregivers and professionals where they are and provides education and coping skills to manage stress, conflict, and compassion fatigue.

— Krista Martin, Clinical Social Worker in Greeenville, SC
 

When we give too much too others we wind up with nothing to give to ourselves. Self-care is a pathway back to giving to oneself again and finding the healing that one needs from compassion fatigue. Together we can explore what nourishes you.

— Tara Parker, Psychotherapist in Glenview, IL

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA
 

I received formal training through a 2 year program in health and well-being. The strategies and interventions I learned focused on increasing health and vitality related to chronic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout. Additionally, my experiences for the past 20 + years have enabled me to apply theoretical knowledge with practical experiences in a variety of settings including healthcare, education, and administration.

— Regina Whittington, Therapist in Clayton, MO

I work with those in helping/healing professions to address the unique demands of this work. Building a resilient framework for healing work is essential in maintaining an ethical, effective practice. Understanding how our intuitive strengths are often related to our areas of woundedness helps us to grow in our strengths without exploiting our trauma to do so.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK
 

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA

I have direct experience supporting healthcare providers with the inevitable hazard of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. It can be scary to feel this way as a healer, and it is my job to help you get back to feeling fulfilled at work!

— Jennifer Hughes, Psychologist in , TX
 

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA

Compassion fatigue may or may not lead to burnout--it depends on the responsiveness and supportiveness of the institution, including settings in which the helper is self-employed or a family member. This depletion of care and concern for the people one helps is a natural consequence of an emotionally taxing workload. Many of the people I’ve helped since 2013 experienced compassion fatigue and needed assistance recovering from this so they could experience compassion satisfaction instead.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist
 

If you work in a field where you are exposed to the pain and suffering of others on a regular basis and you are experiencing chronic physical or emotional exhaustion, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, irritability, sadness, feeling numb, detached, depressed or like you are not important you may be experiencing compassion fatigue or what is often referred to as secondary or vicarious trauma. This is common amongst caregivers and you deserve the same care you provide to others.

— Sabrina Basquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

In my 10 years serving 8+ populations, I got an understanding of the way Burnout and Compassion Fatigue syndromes show up for people in human services. I provide informative talks in the community on this subject, as helping professionals are underserved. The focus is on developing sustaining practices that help them stay in positions they love longer, gain power in intervening in their own burnout cycles, and experience outcomes like Compassion Satisfaction and Post-traumatic Growth.

— Ginelle Krummey, Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC
 

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA

It has been especially gratifying to me over the years to be a helper to fellow helpers. Whether you are a counselor, medical professional, firefighter/EMT or other first responder, a pastor or other person on the front lines of human suffering, if would be my honor to support you in relieving the burdens you carry and gaining some tools to prevent such fatigue in the future.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS
 

I work and train with clinicians specializing in issues related to self-care, balance, boundaries, and personal fulfillment -- needs that often are the first to go once we stat over-spending our energy and resources to support others.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA
 

Medical professionals often enter their fields because of a desire to help others. But being a member of a helping profession can be overwhelming at times causing you to disconnect from your patients and even your friends and family members. I can help you reconnect with the satisfaction of caring for others, learn to maintain good professional boundaries and care for yourself along the way. Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma do not have to come with the territory!

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA
 

If you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or shaken by having witnessed more than you can hold all at once, you may be experiencing vicarious trauma. You, too, deserve respite and sanctuary. We can find, together, rootedness even in the midst of the storm. I offer supervision, consultation, and psychotherapy for helping professionals, including healers, mental health and medical professionals, spiritual leaders, caregivers, and community organizers.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA

Are you experiencing burn out? Do you work in a career that demands a lot from you? Do you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? I can support you in remembering the importance of putting on your own oxygen mask first. How do you nurture yourself in demanding relationships? How do you care for yourself when the world asks so much from you? Contact me and we can begin to explore how to better take care of you!

— Jenna Noah, Counselor in Denver, CO