Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

Irritable. Withdrawn. Moody. Exhausted to the bone.

These are just a few of the signs you or someone you care about might be suffering from compassion fatigue or secondary or vicarious trauma. It’s a tough, lonely place to be, and because of the way trauma affects the brain, it can be hard for people to find […]

By |August 30th, 2015|Healing, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents

Anyone who is regularly exposed to trauma and suffering is at risk of developing secondary trauma. First responders, humanitarian workers, and ministers are but a few examples of people who regularly bear witness to suffering and trauma and who are, thus, at risk.

First Things First: What exactly is trauma?

Anything that overwhelms a person’s ability to […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Adoption, Hypervigilance, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents

7 great apps for stress, burnout, and trauma (one for parents too!)

Like a mad scientist, I researched, downloaded, and experimented. Then I tinkered and tested. Finally, I came up with this list of really great apps.

Each app offers something slightly different, and, all together, they run the gamut from dealing with traumatic stress, daily life stress, PTSD, parenting stress, and burnout and compassion fatigue. They’re all […]

By |April 19th, 2015|Birds, Nature, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma|Comments Off on 7 great apps for stress, burnout, and trauma (one for parents too!)

Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?

We can’t escape it. We can’t outrun it.

Some people turn to Ben & Jerry for help. Others zone out to Law & Order. For many, tablets, smartphones, and laptops bring needed relief.

Stress. Fatigue. Life is full of it – financial strains, work pressures, raising children, relationships, and health problems, to name a few. If you struggle with […]

By |April 6th, 2015|Birds, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma|Comments Off on Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?

Secondary Trauma and Relationships: A First Step Toward Healing

Regular exposure to trauma and suffering changes you.

It not only changes you, but the people closest to you, too. Over time, as they are trying to understand and help, they, like you, may also begin to struggle with secondary trauma. Not knowing what to do or how to best help you may leave them feeling […]

By |November 9th, 2014|Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma|0 Comments