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.

Meet the specialists

I specialize in Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. I am a Certified Compassion Fatigued Professional (CCFP). If you are a professional helper beginning to feel burnt out or traumatized by your work, this is a normal reaction that occurs to professional helpers. You can grow and cope with it! You owe it to yourself, family, friends, and clients to take action.

— Deah Partak, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

First Responders and caregivers suffer from Compassion Fatigue which can interfere with living a healthy & happy life. Let me help you enjoy your job again, bring you closer to your family, and find true joy in your life.

— Melissa Smith, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Louisville, KY
 

Are you a fellow therapist, social worker, crisis responder, activist, or caregiver? Do you feel burned out, numb, and empty? Do you feel chronically stressed, overreactive, unable to sleep or to slow down your racing thoughts? Do you despair at the fate of the world? Do you resent your clients and loved ones, while at the same time feeling guilty that you cannot do more to help? I specialize in compassion fatigue and burnout using a social justice and integrative self-care framework.

— Stephanie Winn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

When you give of yourself in an emotionally charged environment and exposed to other people's pain it can take a toll and negatively effect your daily life.

— DEANA KAHLE, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Bernardino, CA

You’ve noticed you are burned out from taking care of everyone else. You’ve tried taking some time away, clearing your mind to de-stress, but it hasn’t worked out as well as you’d hoped. You’re looking for ways to feel energized again but the hectic pace of your life, and the intense needs of those you take care of, are holding you back. When you schedule time with Jeanene, you will start to see that finding ways to take care of yourself is possible.

— Jeanene Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Are you exhausted? Running on empty? Too busy taking care of others to make time for yourself? I'm your person! I gave away all of my energies to others and left nothing for me at the end of the day. Finding a therapist for myself years ago, well, this made all the difference in the world to me! I'm no longer afraid to say "no", I have clearly defined boundaries, and more energy and time for my family - and for ME! Self care is NOT selfish!

— Shelley Shaffer, Counselor in Moose Lake, MN
 

Compassion fatigue/caregiver burnout impacts individuals working in a caregiver capacity. Nurses, doctors, mental health professionals, individuals caring for their aging parents, parents with children having special needs . . . many professions and circumstances. Often individuals are so busy caring for others, they lose sight of how to care for self. Therapy assists in developing greater awareness of symptoms and offers healthy coping strategies for self care.

— Robin Leichtman, Counselor in Lyndhurst, OH

In my 9-year career serving 8+ populations, I got a thorough understanding of the way Burnout and Compassion Fatigue syndromes show up for people. 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, Counselor in Asheville, NC

Compassion Fatigue can impact those who work in healing professions (such as therapists, nurses, teachers, etc.), caregivers to others who struggle with physical or emotional health, as well as those who have a pattern of taking on the role of caregiver in their relationships. Together we can explore your experience, establish effective support and self-care, and implement effective boundaries to prevent you from career or relational burn-out.

— Kayla Estenson Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagan, MN
 

Looking at symptoms of burnout (especially for those in the helping fields), performance anxiety, loss of passion, work anxiety.

— Aimee Monterrosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles,

As a therapist that provides care to complex cases I am familiar with the potential of experiencing burnout & compassion fatigue. It is an honor to work with professionals across a variety of settings, such as nurses, physical therapists, doctors, military members, and all others within the helping professional world to explore stressors and identify ways to practice self-care. I am well-versed in working with individuals prone to compassion fatigue to ensure their valued work has limited impact

— Christina Wohleber, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA

Are you a fellow therapist, social worker, crisis responder, activist, or caregiver? Do you feel burned out, numb, and empty? Do you feel chronically stressed, overreactive, unable to sleep or to slow down your racing thoughts? Do you despair at the fate of the world? Do you resent your clients and loved ones, while at the same time feeling guilty that you cannot do more to help? I specialize in compassion fatigue and burnout using a social justice and integrative self-care framework.

— Stephanie Winn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

After working for nearly a decade in the field of geriatric mental health, supporting family and professional caregivers, I have developed a particular passion for teaching and supporting clients to care for themselves in order to be more effective, compassionate, and healthy caregivers to others. After moving into private practice that passion has branched out into a deeper understanding of how we are ALL caregivers, responsible for (at a minimum) caring for ourselves within a culture that actively prevents or detracts from a healthy balance between what we need to be healthy and what we have to give to our loved ones, our clients, our jobs, our children, or our passion projects. We’re an exhausted culture with no permission to slow down or give our sacred and compassionate “NO,” and it’s my professional mission to give every one of my clients those permission slips. Less burn out, more balance.

— Brandice Schnabel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Canton, OH