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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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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

When we spend our time and energy caring for others, whether personally or professionally, we can experience feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, and frustration. Making time for ourselves can feel like a luxury that we can't afford, even when we know that continuing to tread water isn't sustainable long term. I help individuals develop realistic and impactful self-care plans to support holistic well-being, so they can continue supporting those they care for, without compromising themselves.

— Meagan Faraone, Clinical Social Worker

These past several years have tested our compassion and many helpers and healers have burned out in their professions. I work with therapists and other healers to help them find a more sustainable way of living and working, as well as helping them to connect to their own sense of self-compassion, which is part of what we lose when we experience burnout and compassion fatigue.

— Heather Kalso, Clinical Social Worker
 

I work and train with clinicians specializing in issues related to self-care, balance, boundaries, and personal fulfillment -- needs that often are the first to go once we stat over-spending our energy and resources to support others.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, 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
 

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

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
 

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

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 experiencing burn out? Do you work in a career that demands a lot from you? Do you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? I can support you in remembering the importance of putting on your own oxygen mask first. How do you nurture yourself in demanding relationships? How do you care for yourself when the world asks so much from you? Contact me and we can begin to explore how to better take care of you!

— Jenna Noah, Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

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