Are you struggling with Vicarious Trauma?
EMDR Therapy for Therapists  
Sessions are typically 90 minutes in length (80 minutes of therapy, 10 minutes administration.The cost of therapy services is $175 and is payable at the time of the session.

Vicarious Trauma

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The term vicarious trauma (Perlman & Saakvitne, 1995), sometimes also called compassion fatigue, is the latest term that describes the phenomenon generally associated with the “cost of caring” for others (Figley, 1982). 

 

Vicarious traumatization (VT) is a transformation in the self of a trauma worker or helper that results from empathic engagement with traumatized clients and their reports of traumatic experiences. Its hallmark is disrupted spirituality, or a disruption in the trauma workers' perceived meaning and hope.

 

Vicarious trauma is a process that unfolds over time. It is not just your responses to one person, one story, or one situation. It is the cumulative effect of contact with survivors of violence or disaster or people who are struggling. 

 

Some Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma: 

 

  • having difficulty talking about their feelings

  • anger or irritation

  • over-eating or under-eating

  • difficulty falling asleep

  • irritability

  • exhaustion

  • rejecting physical and emotional closeness 

  • losing sleep over clients’ trauma experiences 

  • worried that they are not doing enough for their clients

  • nightmares about their clients/their clients’ trauma experiences 

     

 

EMDR Therapy for firstresponders  
 
Sessions are typically 90 minutes in length (80 minutes of therapy, 10 minutes administration.The cost of therapy services is $175 and is payable at the time of the session.

Ken Genlik, RSW, MMFT, RMFT

 

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