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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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

When we spend our time and energy caring for others, whether personally or professionally, we can experience feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, and frustration. Making time for ourselves can feel like a luxury that we can't afford, even when we know that continuing to tread water isn't sustainable long term. I help individuals develop realistic and impactful self-care plans to support holistic well-being, so they can continue supporting those they care for, without compromising themselves.

— Meagan Faraone, Clinical Social Worker
 

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

You help others, but who helps you? I've worked as a 911 dispatcher, and have extensive training in crisis intervention. "Burnout" or compassion fatigue is real, valid, and does NOT mean that you have become a terrible person. Let's work together so that you can feel better, and get back to that passion you have for helping others, without feeling like it is stealing all of your own joy and happiness.

— Fiona Crounin, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX
 

I have worked extensively with therapists, organizers, and activists who are invested in staying in the long game of change work and who have been overwhelmed and under-supported in figuring out how to do this. I work with my clients to develop individualized strategies to participate in direct service and social movements that are valuable to you, while also remaining grounded and reflective.

— Maria Turner-Carney, Clinical Social Worker in TACOMA, WA

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

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
 

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

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
 

Compassion fatigue is often a byproduct of burnout and can be difficult to process. I help healthcare professionals as well as non-healthcare professionals explore this unique response. Additionally, we will work together to forge a healthy plan to address compassion fatigue.

— Ambre Hriso, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bayonne, NJ

I am a certified compassion fatigue professional (CCFP) with training in helping clients experience through a short-term, solution focused lens. I provide this service to individuals who work in high compassion professions such as county settings, legal professions, medical field and veterinary field. Services are aimed toward identifying and implementing tools for immediate use in the field. Treatment is typically between 3-8 sessions.

— Kathryn Krug, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santee, CA
 

These past several years have tested our compassion and many helpers and healers have burned out in their professions. I work with therapists and other healers to help them find a more sustainable way of living and working, as well as helping them to connect to their own sense of self-compassion, which is part of what we lose when we experience burnout and compassion fatigue.

— Heather Kalso, Clinical Social Worker

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
 

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

As a provider and leader within an urban level one trauma center and community mental health clinic, I know what it is like to experience high levels of compassion fatigue. I have provided trainings, supervision, and individual counseling to healthcare professionals over the last decade.

— Sheri Richardt, Clinical Social Worker in Murfreesboro, TN
 

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

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 Greenville, SC
 

I have personally watched dedicated colleagues become cynical, bitter and exhausted. They have cared until it hurt and many have left the field. This led me to study about prevention and relief from compassion fatigue. Therapy will help you to restore your passion, regain energy, and reevaulate your values.

— Rachelle Burrell, Clinical Social Worker