Over the last several years I have come to specialize in supporting others that are in helping professions- teachers, health care, mental health, social workers, activists, legal etc.
I find those that enter into these professions is often driven by a sense of passion and purpose, and devotion to what is more of a life calling than a job. That same passion and caring can come with a cost- whether it is sacrifices in personal life, burnout, compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma.
Resilience can be learned and practiced, and there is a way forward. We are all Wounded Healers- those of us in and out of these professions. When one become over-identified with being the healer because of career, it's at the risk of denying one's wounded parts, so they fester and grow. For those that are in helping professions, taking care of one's own wounding is paramount.
My work with helping professionals is sometimes psychotherapy (including EMDR for vicarious trauma). At other times it may also include mentoring and consulting about self-care practices, exploration of ways to create more personal sustainability and set healthy boundaries, exploration of career alternatives, and managing symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout.