Therapy for Vicarious Trauma
Do you have no more F*cks to give? Sounds empowering, but it’s not. It’s often a sign that you are suffering from extreme burnout & PTSD symptoms caused from Vicarious Trauma. This is not who you are at your core. Your brain has likely been highjacked from the chronic stress caused from the COVID pandemic.
Here’s what you need to know.
Vicarious Trauma- indirect trauma exposure (Secondary Traumatic Stress) can affect anyone who engages empathetically with traumatized individuals, complex or extremely disturbing images, hears gruesome stories secondhand, or witnesses traumatic events or any material related to trauma. It is an occupational challenge that results from absorbing trauma and the emotional stresses of others.
While some people can recover from vicarious trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends, others may discover the effects of lasting vicarious trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, exhaustion or and many post-traumatic stress symptoms. This is perfectly normal and understandable!
In these circumstances, a trauma therapist’s support, guidance, and assistance is fundamental to recovery from vicarious trauma.
Vicarious Trauma Symptoms
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
Research has proven neuropsychotherapy to be the most effective approaches for the treatment for trauma. Most commonly, neurobiologically informed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and somatic modalities are used in treating trauma.
If you or someone you know matches the vicarious trauma symptoms listed above, Dr. Pamela can help you rapidly regain control of your life. Don’t suffer in alone. Contact Dr. Pamela today for a free consultation.
If you have Extended Health Coverage that includes the services of a Registered Clinical Counselor, then that plan would cover Dr. Pamela’s Clinical Services including The NRTT Method.