Trauma and Relationship Expert
RSW, RMFT, RCC, CCC , EMDR Certified Therapist
EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Are you struggling with Vicarious Trauma?
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
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