Compassion Fatigue

Local experts in Compassion Fatigue

Becca Dorn-Medeiros (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Ed.S., NCSP, LPC-Associate

Beyond the all too common trope of self care, it's important to talk about ways we can find space to process our emotions and experiences while learning how to exist inside and outside the confines of capitalism. How do we balance caring for others while keeping ourselves intact?

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Gabriella Losada (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Burnout and compassion fatigue go hand-in-hand and I love collaborating with clients who are experiencing burnout from caregiving or being in a helping profession. We can work toward restoring (or creating from scratch) a more balanced approach to being present in all aspects of your life.

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Heather Ackles (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LCSW

I have experience working with professionals who are amidst "compassion fatigue." (Very connected with 'burn-out') I facilitated the weekly Metropolitan Public Defender Engagement Group for lawyers/legal support staff - which specifically addressed compassion fatigue, a variety of difficulties within the work, as well as work/life balance (AKA: the lack of/guilt connected with work/life 'balance').

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Elizabeth Knutsen (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Many sex workers often burn out from the level of emotional engagement their job requires. Holding boundaries for yourself and with clients takes so much energy -- especially when you safety is at risk. It makes sense you're feeling burnt out. Let's build some skills around taking care of you and allow for space for burnout without normalizing it as a "right of passage" under capitalism.

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Katherina Alexandre (She/Her/Ella)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

As healthcare and mental health professionals, we speak about the importance of self-care to others but often fail to follow our own advice. It’s time to gather in a supportive, interactive, and relaxed environment to begin the conversation about the demands of our work and the negative effects on our well-being. Workshops will begin again in 2023.

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Drew Smith (she/her)

Licensed Art Therapist

LCAT, LPC

Creating a space for clients to freely explore and take time completely for themselves in art making provides a break from attending to the needs of others.

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McKenzie Brock (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I am passionate about supporting caregiver and other therapists, teachers, and people who give to others for their career. I have taken courses on vicarious trauma and caregiving.

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Garrison Cox (he/him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Compassion fatigue is a particular type of burnout that often affects those who spend a lot of their time caring for others. In this current world of near-instant global information and constant exposure to crisis - whether experienced personally or through the news - it can be hard to maintain a sense of compassion and empathy for others. For most caretaking people I know, this often results in self-judgment, shame, and irritation.

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Julia Perretta (She/Her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

As a therapist who is also a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher, I utilize self compassion and mindfulness based approaches to challenge systems of oppression that perpetuate compassion fatigue.

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Nicole Phelps (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a helping professional it is imperative to make time for your own mental health so that you do not become overwhelmed and unable to do the work you love. If you are lacking healthy boundaries, feel disconnected from yourself, your values, or your body, the important relationships in your life could suffer or end in conflict. I work with helping professionals in many settings who work directly with people experiencing trauma, I understand firsthand the importance of investing in yourself.

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Jenna Washburn (she / her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA: Mental Health Counseling - Specialization in Addictions

Caretaking is an act of love. But the yang to this beautiful yin is that sometimes you care and tend so much to others, that there’s nothing left over for yourself. This can make you feel burnt out, fatigued, drained, and possibly even resentful. That’s when caretaking can become overactive. I offer a Focused Therapy program to bring some focus back to you. You deserve to heal, to spend some energy on yourself, and to fill your own cup so you can get back into the world refreshed & renewed.

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Deah Partak (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CADCII, ACS

I specialize in Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. I am a Certified Compassion Fatigued Professional (CCFP). If you are a professional helper beginning to feel burnt out or traumatized by your work, this is a normal reaction that occurs to professional helpers. You can grow and cope with it! You owe it to yourself, family, friends, and clients to take action.

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Andrew Conner (He/Him/His)

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA

My years of experience working at mental health agencies gave me insight into the realities of secondary traumatic stress. I understand the challenges that activists and people in the helping professions face as they attempt to maintain self-care and work towards making the world a better place at the same time. I endeavor to provide a refuge for those seeking balance and struggling with burnout.

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Naomi Painter (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have worked in case management for many years and am passionate about assisting those in helping professions, such as case managers, outreach workers, home visitors, and educators. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma come with the territory.

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Jason Durtschi

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I work with individuals who are experiencing work burn-out, and in particular for those working in helping professions. Some of my clients are other therapists, and I do offer clinical supervision.

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Lori Eckel (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, APHSW-C

I provide support to health care workers impacted by the cumulative effects of caring and experiencing their own suffering. I also provide critical incident stress debriefing. I help health care providers to identify their own professional values, orientation, identity and connect to their own moral compass as they face compassion fatigue, burnout or moral distress.

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Stephanie Podasca (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, LMHC

Do you struggle to take care of yourself because you tend to take care of others? Has taking care of someone drained your energy and lust for life? Are you a healthcare professional that is reaching their limit? Compassion/Burnout fatigue has a way of building up and breaking us down. You give up so much of yourself only to feel depleted and unable to pursue your goals, desires, and cope in healthy ways. I can help you to carve out your own time, self-care and get back on your own path.

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Maria Bonacci (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Tired of being asked about your "self-care" practices? Let's talk about ways we can create lives inside and outside the confines of capitalism that offer us room to process intense and complex emotional experiences.

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Jessi Huffman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Being a counselor during these volatile times has taught me much about what I need to do, not only to be ok, but to continue providing support and compassion to those around me. Nothing about being a helper is easy these days, but I fully believe the work is worth it and necessary for all of us to heal and thrive. If you're a worn-out helper and you want to keep helping but don't know where you will find the strength, I see you, I understand, and I want to walk with you.

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Emma Stern (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C7542

Compassion fatigue mirrors the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. It is common in teachers, social workers, health care workers, therapists, counselors, first responders, and other folks who support others dealing with traumatic circumstances. It is often linked with stress and burnout.

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Julie Sliga (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, CRC, CCC

Work can give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment, but what happens if you experience stressful, traumatic, or career-disrupting challenges in the workplace? Career stress can lead to anxiety, depression, and burnout. You don’t have to navigate these challenges on your own. I specialize in providing trauma-informed career counseling around adverse work incidents. Career therapy can help you heal and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose in your career.

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Megan Miller (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, Holistic Coach

As a helper and healer, I've experienced compassion fatigue myself and it's a very real and overwhelming experience. My therapy and coaching services can support you in creating self-care routines and developing mindfulness skills to stay present with yourself and your emotional needs. This typically leads to boundary work as healthy boundaries are necessary to make space for your own wellbeing.

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