"When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit." - Rumi
Help for Helping Professionals
Are you a helping professional? Attorneys, advocates, mental health professionals, law enforcement, military and court personnel, teachers, medical and other health professionals - you see and hear about things in the course of your workday that other people don't. You know things that most people don't know about just how cruel the world can be. This can take a toll on your emotional and physical health and well-being, eventually preventing you from being able to do the work which was once so important to you. It can even affect your ability to connect with your loved ones, leading to more isolation and decreasing the satisfaction in your intimate and family relationships.
Over time exposure to trauma can have a number of negative effects on those of us who work in the helping professions. Talking to a supportive, trusted person can help us manage our reactions to these traumatic experiences - but confidentiality rules often prevent us from being able to talk about what we see and how we feel with the people we trust the most.
Therapy can help minimize the harmful effects of vicarious trauma. It's an occupational hazard for all of us - but it doesn't have to limityour ability to perform the work you are passionate about. I understand these struggles. I have years of experience helping people who have experienced trauma, and I've learned about prevention and strategies to help heal vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress. Sometimes helpers are reluctant to ask for help. If you would like to talk confidentially about how I can help you, give me a call at (443) 510-1048. Read here for my blog series on self care, which offers information and resources.
My style is relational, incorporating mindfulness, somatic methods and The Daring Way™ shame resilience method based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Check out my resource page for professionals to get a better sense of who I am and my perspective on this work.
Get the details on my online Trauma Therapist Community which includes monthly group consultation in person and online by clicking here.
This TEDx Talk (below) by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, author of Trauma Stewardship, talks about the importance of addressing the effects of vicarious trauma.
Laura was also a guest on my podcast, Therapy Chat, recently! Listen by clicking on the player above.
Clinical Supervision & Consultation
I'm a Maryland Board Approved and Registered Supervisor offering Clinical Supervision and Consultation to LGSWs and LCSW-Cs. I utilize a trauma-informed, insight-oriented framework encouraging vulnerability and authenticity in supervision.
If you would like to discuss individual Supervision or Consultation please contact me via phone at (443) 510-1048 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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