Identifying and Addressing Vicarious Trauma


Identifying and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

At times, it can feel nearly impossible to find the motivation to keep showing up to work week after week, especially after working long hours or dealing with crises and looming deadlines. As health care professionals (defined as anyone caring for the mental and physical health of others), we may often feel overwhelmed with caring for patients who have experienced...[ read more ]

What Is Vicarious Trauma?

            As a psychologist treating survivors of trauma, I have been honored to bear witness to my patients’ incredible journeys and transformations. Along the way, I have been unavoidably exposed to their trauma-related suffering, including childhood traumas, sexual assault, traumatic injuries, loss, and natural disasters. Exposure to my patients’ traumas has put me at risk of developing Vicarious Trauma (VT). Vicarious...[ read more ]

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