Caregiving Tip of the Day — Vicarious Trauma

People who help for a living often overlook potential hazards. Many of these occur from energetic information exchange that is part of the interpersonal field. For instance, just listening to someone describe a traumatic experience can generate vicarious trauma, as the listener imagines too deeply what that experience would actually be like. If they have unhealed similar trauma of their own, they can have an unconscious attractor or opening for this information to take root. This is indicative of a lack of energetic boundaries, something that can be installed with proper assistance. Helping doesn’t have to be depleting or traumatizing, even if it is burning off old karma.

Posted by Howard Brockman, LCSW

March 12, 2012

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Howard Brockman, LCSW is one of the top psychotherapists and counselors in Salem Oregon for over 32 years. Howard has authored two popular books: Dynamic Energetic Healing and Essential Self-Care for Caregivers and Helpers. To learn more about Howard Brockman, please visit the full bio.

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Category: Daily Tips for Caregivers and Helpers, Energetic boundaries | Tags: , , | 2 comments

  • Lisa says:

    Dear Howard
    I agree with this. As a massage therapist then a Rolfer I have found a need to strengthen my energetic boundaries. I seem to be too sensitive and can pick up others stuff. I can pick up the physical discomfort that my client starts with before I work with them.

    • Howard Brockman says:

      You sound like a person with deep empathy. There is a difference between conscious and unconscious empathy. Learning to recognize and perceive the difference is the first step. Practicing saying NO to people opens the way paradoxically to being able to say YES to staying whole. If you can make self-care practices a daily priority, your energetic boundaries will strengthen and you will notice being able to better modulate your energy body and take care of your emotional self.

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