TRAUMA THERAPY & GRIEF COUNSELLING
NEUROSCIENCE GROUNDED. INTUITIVELY INFORMED.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Some jobs are inherently dangerous and others can suddenly become so. Criminal justice personnel, firefighters, ambulance drivers, military personnel and disaster teams witness many terrible scenes and are exposed to personal danger routinely. They usually handle such incidents capably. But occasionally a particularly bad episode will stay with them, appearing in memory flashbacks and nightmares. Sleep disturbance, guilt, fearfulness and physical complaints may follow. Even ordinary jobs can become traumatic: a co-worker, boss or client physically threatens an employee; a bus crashes on a field trip; an employee is robbed or taken hostage; a shooting occurs. Such events can create post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and result in workers' compensation claims if left untreated by a trauma specialist.
Vicarious Trauma is a transformation in the helper’s inner sense of identity and existence that results from utilizing controlled empathy when listening to clients’ trauma-content narratives. Vicarious Trauma is what happens to your neurological, cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health when you listen to traumatic stories day after day or respond to traumatic situations while having to control your reaction.
Are you in a slump - burnt out, bitter, frustrated, lost your passion?
Do you need to process some of these experiences that happen at work?
You might need to allow yourself time to grieve, be disappointed, feel upset or angry.
In our sessions you might find a sounding board, a witness to hear your heart, someone to voice complicated feelings to.
When you allow space to feel and acclimate your mind and heart to the experiences that we are made privy to, the better people we allow ourselves to grow into being.
If we do a bit of exploring and discover that we have wounds of our own to heal along the way to helping others heal - - - what an incredible gift to ourselves and those you serve!
So many people come home from a hard feeling traumatized and hurt, but gloss it over with .. then a few years down the road find themselves bitter, burnt out, and miserable. All those experiences we glossed over change who we are and I think it's important to acknowledge those changes so that we can consciously use them, grow from them, heal from them... rather than just have them silently eating away at our interior life.
An operational stress injury (OSI) is a psychological condition resulting from duties during police or military operations. It can include conditions ranging from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use issues or stress related medical issues. Operational stress is generated by single or multiple exposures to situations involving trauma to others or to oneself. These can lead to problems in personal, family or work functioning.
A feeling of powerlessness is a universal cause of job stress. When you feel powerless, you're prey to depression's traveling companions, helplessness and hopelessness. You don't alter or avoid the situation because you feel nothing can be done.
Secretaries, waitresses, middle managers, police officers, editors and medical interns are among those with the most highly stressed occupations marked by the need to respond to others' demands and timetables, with little control over events. Common to this job situation are complaints of too much responsibility and too little authority, unfair labor practices and inadequate job descriptions. Employees can counteract these pressures through workers' unions or other organizations, grievance or personnel offices or, more commonly, by direct negotiations with their immediate supervisors.
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