Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma - Therapy for the Helper
Emotional distress to other’s trauma and stress is common and normal for professional helpers. Caregivers, counselors, paramedics, social workers, nurses, volunteers, military, advocates, etc. all are called on to bare witness to other people’s suffering. This impacts us emotionally, cognitively, and physically; sometimes in ways we don’t even realize.
Because of the significant importance of people in our lives, a threat to one is a threat to our own sense of safety and stability. When present with others’ suffering we wonder if we are making a difference, experience sadness, guilt, physical ailments, panic, and overwhelm. Our “compassion muscle” becomes stressed. Burnout and trauma reactions such as anxiety, numbing of emotions, depression can all lead to a sense of loss in who we are and what we value.
Your innate desire to help and care for others deserves attention to maximize support and compassion for yourself and those around you.
Depression & Anxiety - Therapy for the Stuck or Changing Life
Life takes many twists and turns. Changes can be unexpected, planned, natural, feared, or welcomed. All changes in life, even those we look forward to, bring on new emotions and unexpected outcomes. People seek counseling and support for many types of changes in life: loss, new family member, career change, aging, relocation of residency, self identity, legal status change, ending of relationships, world changes.
Personal strengths can transform thoughts, feelings, and responses to help us manage the emotional stress often associated with change. However, sometimes the emotional stress can feel like too much to handle. Or it can be desired dearly and there is uncertainty on how to proceed. The end result of change is not fixed. Change is inevitability; letting it control our emotions is not. There is always the opportunity to transform and promote growth and wellness.
Personal Growth - Therapy for Self Awareness
Personal Growth focused counseling allows for the integration of your past, present, and future to help you gain harmony with your thoughts, feelings, actions, and goals.
Often times when people think about counseling they think about addressing a “problem” or coping with a specific event. Although that is an area counseling can be very beneficial, counseling can also focus on self-development.
Personal growth can mean becoming more mindful and engaged in life, developing a wellness routine, processing thoughts and feelings to improve problem solving skills, or even time to reflect and learn from experiences.