Therapy for Compassion Fatigue2022-11-02T14:57:30-05:00

Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion Fatigue, sometimes known as “Secondary Trauma”, has been on the rise over the last several years. Compassion Fatigue is defined as the physical, emotional and psychological impact of helping others. Compassion Fatigue typically happens in high trauma settings (hospitals, therapy offices, homeless shelters & schools). Workers in these fields want to continue to help, but become overwhelmed by all the trauma they are being exposed to day in and day out. Compassion fatigue is a process and it gradually gets worse until you start to feel numb and no longer care about yourself and others.

are you experiencing

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue is experienced by many people in the helping professions at some point in time. The human body has a limited capacity for the emotions that come with frequently hearing and seeing high trauma events. Unrealistic expectations are also placed on “helpers” to withstand this environment with little support offered from employers. The question becomes, who will help the helpers and healers?

are you experiencing

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue is experienced by many people in the helping professions at some point in time. The human body has a limited capacity for the emotions that come with frequently hearing and seeing high trauma events. Unrealistic expectations are also placed on “helpers” to withstand this environment with little support offered from employers. The question becomes, who will help the helpers and healers?

signs and symptoms of

Compassion Fatigue

  • Inability to focus
  • Trauma obsessed
  • Numbness

  • Exhaustion – physical and mental

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Increased drug & alcohol use

  • Withdrawing

  • Feeling hopeless & powerless

  • Decreased empathy & compassion

  • Increased anger, anxiety, depression & irritability

  • Relationship conflicts

  • Feeling detached

  • Self-blame

counseling for

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue

I know what it is like to be in your situation. I also know what it is like to feel unsupported in your work environment. Often employers will talk a good game of “self -care”, but offer no real or concrete solutions. As we know, there is only so much self-care that can be done in a day. I truly understand what compassion fatigue feels like. You do not have to endure it alone. I would be honored to assist you in developing coping skills and working through the trauma that comes from compassion fatigue. I offer traditional talk therapy (CBT, ACT, Mindfullness based) and EMDR.

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