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

Christine provides clinical supervision to graduate interns as well as professionals who are working towards licensure. She encourages professional caregivers to make self-care a priority, become more mindful, practice balance, and thrive rather than exist. She has worked to support physicians as they navigate professional pressures and attempt to maintain balance in their lives.

— Christine Turo-Shields, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood, IN
 

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatization, and Moral Injury are professional hazards that impact a helper's ability to provide the quality of service they truly want to deliver. If left unexplored, these issues can quickly extend beyond the professional realm and wreak havoc on one's personal well-being, family life, and financial stability. I am a certified compassion fatigue educator and therapist and am dedicated supporting professional helpers in distress.

— Melissa Cole, Counselor in Pitman, NJ

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 Philadelphia, PA
 

One of my specialties is working with other therapists and healthcare professionals through burnout and compassion fatigue. I've been there, and I get it. I have a variety of resources for burnout, including an online course and my individual coaching program that is more focused on burnout and time-limited. We can talk about what might be the best option for you.

— Laura Brassie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

If you nurture others as part of your day to day job then you likely have experienced "compassion fatigue". We are told to take care of ourselves but trying to figure out exactly how to do that seems almost impossible! I would love to help you learn more about what self-care REALLY is, how to find the right system for your lifestyle and personality, and develop habits that actually mold into your daily life so that you feel the relief and self-love that accompanies a good system.

— Karen Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Clackamas, OR
 

I understand the complexities of compassion fatigue that it plays a part in all areas of your life.

— Rachel Moore, Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

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 , MN

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
 

As a helper myself, I know that I need to be fully supported in order to do my best work. No matter what your work is, we all need help and care to do our best.

— Jeanie Winstrom, Therapist in Troy, MT

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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia, PA

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
 

In a world that is in constant need, it is easy to experience burnout, compassion fatigue or secondary trauma. Did you set out to help others to find that you need help yourself? Let's get you the care you need, so that you can be well and continue helping others.

— Liz Adcock, Counselor in Atlanta, GA

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
 

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

One of my passions and focus in therapy has been to help the helper. I work with Social Workers and Therapist who experience compassion fatigue as occupational hazard. Because of the situations that lead us to compassion fatigue part of the direction of therapy is to be the sounding board for you to empty the weight you carry and then fill your bucket with hope, direction, and renewed strength.

— Tiffany Pardo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vacaville, CA
 

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

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 Philadelphia, 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

I am honored any time I am given the opportunity to help others who are in helping professions or in helping roles in their personal lives. We are all in this together.

— Rikki Grace, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Columbus, OH
 

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatization, and Moral Injury are professional hazards that impact a helper's ability to provide the quality of service they truly want to deliver. If left unexplored, these issues can quickly extend beyond a professional problem and wreak havoc on one's personal well-being, family life, and financial stability. I am a certified compassion fatigue educator and therapist and am dedicated supporting professional helpers in distress.

— Melissa Cole, Counselor in Pitman, NJ

Working with stress creates trauma for the professionals. Training in compassion fatigue is so helpful!

— Jessica Wright, Clinical Social Worker in Vandalia, IL
 

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

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,
 

We all have inaccurate, negative self-talk we habitually hang onto and so strongly believe. It limits us from honestly, and clearly seeing and experiencing ourselves, others, and moments. Picture a life where your personal satisfaction is unconditional. It means you don’t need anything to change or be different for you to be happy. You can learn to say “it is what it is” and move on with your day rather than over-analyzing everything.

— Keesha Parker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR

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 Philadelphia, PA
 

I feel passionate about working with other mental health providers, medical staff and first responders who experience burn out and compassion fatigue. The compassion fatigue impedes on your ability to be successful and fulfilled in your work and having experienced this first hand as a therapist I understand deeply how to manage it.

— Nicole Madonna, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC