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 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

Are you involved in animal rescue? A Heath Care worker? Navigating the care for a sick or aging family member? Or, maybe you’re a veterinarian, a new parent, a social justice warrior, or a volunteer in your community. I am several of these things as well and if compassion is a demand placed on you every day, it can quickly drain our empathy reserves leaving us feeling worn out, numb, exhausted, distracted, drowning, inadequate, and dreading the next day.

— Colleen Ignatowski, Therapist in Rochester, NY
 

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 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
 

Are you involved in animal rescue? A Heath Care worker? Navigating the care for a sick or aging family member? Or, maybe you’re a veterinarian, a new parent, a social justice warrior, or a volunteer in your community. I am several of these things as well and if compassion is a demand placed on you every day, it can quickly drain our empathy reserves leaving us feeling worn out, numb, exhausted, distracted, drowning, inadequate, and dreading the next day.

— Colleen Ignatowski, Therapist in Rochester, NY

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 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

Are you involved in animal rescue? A Heath Care worker? Navigating the care for a sick or aging family member? Or, maybe you’re a veterinarian, a new parent, a social justice warrior, or a volunteer in your community. I am several of these things as well and if compassion is a demand placed on you every day, it can quickly drain our empathy reserves leaving us feeling worn out, numb, exhausted, distracted, drowning, inadequate, and dreading the next day.

— Colleen Ignatowski, Therapist in Rochester, NY
 

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 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
 

You’re exhausted, both emotionally and physically. This is what happens when you use empathy day in and day out with people who are suffering. And now you’re suffering too. In 2013 I began helping helping professionals like you–caring people who’ve lost their creative spark for caring. Please visit www.meganvanmeter.com to learn how reigniting your creative spark can help you burn bright again. Isn’t it about time for YOU to shine? I’d love to help you create a better outcome for yourself.

— 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
 

Are you involved in animal rescue? A Heath Care worker? Navigating the care for a sick or aging family member? Or, maybe you’re a veterinarian, a new parent, a social justice warrior, or a volunteer in your community. I am several of these things as well and if compassion is a demand placed on you every day, it can quickly drain your empathy reserves leaving you feeling worn out, numb, exhausted, distracted, drowning, inadequate, and dreading the next day.

— Colleen Ignatowski, Therapist in Rochester, NY

As a Certified Trauma Informed Systems Specialist, I am dedicated to bringing the healing to the healers and caregivers. If you find yourself delivering services, parenting, caregiving for aging or changing family members, you have likely experienced burnout, fatigue, brain fog, exhaustion, imposter syndrome and more. I will support you in deepening your awareness of stress on your unique self and system and will can create a personal wellness plan as needed.

— Krista Gaston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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

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 in , TX
 

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