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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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

Caring for others is never an easy undertaking. It often feels unrewarding, overwhelming, and endless. My experience offers relief by way of re-evaluating your goals, boundaries, and priorities to provide Life-affirming care for yourself, in balance with others.

— Jon DeAngelis, Creative Art Therapist
 

With experience, training, and certification as a Compassion Fatigue Professional and a yoga teacher, Katherina brings to mental health, teachers, and healthcare providers tools and knowledge to maximize staying power in the helping profession. These workshops offer an opportunity to begin or continue the conversation about the emotional and physical cost of helping others who are hurt. We learn compassion fatigue is normal; we can heal with support, knowledge, and a self-compassion plan.

— Katherina Alexandre, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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
 

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

Employee burnout and mental health concerns are on the rise. Many are struggling to keep up morale and motivation with their employees to stay productive and focused. Therapy will help you learn new skills for coping with stress so you can focus on being present in your life and be able to cope with stressors around you.

— Jill Morris, Clinical Psychologist
 

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

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

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

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

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
 

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 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