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vicarious 

Vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout...
Any of these ring a bell?

You've been to countless professional trainings and meetings on the topic. The recommendation? Self-care. Do things that make you happy. Spend time with your loved ones, go for a walk outside, eat a healthy meal, take that long awaited vacation... 

It's not feeling that easy anymore though. The lens in which you view the world is becoming tainted and the balance and fulfillment you once experienced in life no longer exists. You find yourself becoming more cynical and fearful. You feel vulnerable and exposed after each call or patient, worrying about the potential dangers in the world and your loved ones' safety.



trauma

vicarious trauma & emdr

When a threat is perceived in our environment, our brain and body mobilizes a neurophysiological response to effectively survive or navigate the situation. This response is commonly known as fight, flight, or freeze. 

If we don't get the chance to fight, flee, or release this aroused state, our body-mind system remains activated, creating an internal self-perpetuating feedback loop that informs us we are still in danger. This nervous system response can get triggered when we witness or hear stories of trauma.

EMDR, a recommended trauma therapy by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has been shown to successfully reduce symptoms of PTSD and vicarious trauma by allowing the brain to process the experience(s) and the body to release the stored energy of the trauma.






need some inspiration?

"Your presence is your power. Be mindful of how your thoughts, words, and energy disconnect you from the Universe. And know the difference between what it feels like to be connected to the presence of your power versus what it feels like when you’re not."
-Gabrielle Bernstein, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

"Being human is not hard because you're doing it wrong. It's hard because you're doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was every supposed to be easy."
-Glennon Doyle, Untamed

"Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened.
The important question is, how are you going to handle it? In other words, 'Now what?'"
-Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

treatment for vicarious truama in 

Santa clarita, ca

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Being the first to arrive to events involving injuries or loss of life and/or providing emotional support to clients after a crisis has an impact on the person responding. The expectation that one can be regularly surrounded by loss and suffering and not be impacted by it is as unrealistic as expecting to walk through water and not get your feet wet.

When you're ready to give yourself the same care and compassion you so warmly give to others, I invite you to schedule your free consultation at my Santa Clarita, CA therapy office below.