Resources and support for physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, spiritual leaders, attorneys, and other helping/healing professionals in San Antonio, Texas.
Confidential and compassionate care for those coping with vicarious trauma; empathy & compassion fatigue; burnout; toxic workplaces; or systems that abuse professionals psychologically, emotionally, and/or spiritually.
As strong as the stigma is around seeking out care for mental health issues for the general public, often times those in helping professions face greater criticism and even consequences for getting the care we need to cope healthfully with the pain and suffering we bear witness to daily. Just because we have education and training to prepare us to do this work, it does not inoculate us from our humanity and our natural vulnerability to the horrors of trauma, death, loss, and anguish.
As a mental health clinician, I consider it an ethical duty to maintain my own wellness through personal therapy sessions, consultation with colleagues, daily self-care practices, and healthy boundaries between my professional and personal life balance. It provides a kind of clinical accountability for me because I know as an empathic human who is also a survivor of various losses and traumas, I am not impervious to the effects of this work on my mind, body, soul, and spirit. It is of utmost importance I invest in my wellness maintenance in order to best serve my clients and my community.
Unfortunately few systems are designed to nurture the whole-person well-being of our helping professionals: long hours, not always sustainable pay, unrealistic expectations, regulations that sap the creativity from our work, bosses who berate, toxic co-workers, manipulative dynamics to push us harder and farther…all this can make for a fast track to burnout, unsafe coping, depression, anxiety, and in severe cases, complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Because A Space to Thrive is a direct pay private practice, we do not bill insurance. This means we provide completely confidential and trusted support for professionals who might otherwise suffer in silence, or bear grave professional consequences for having a record of receiving much-needed counseling care.
If you or someone you know is in need of a safe, confidential space, to process what it is to be human and to walk alongside others who are hurting and struggling, contact Jennifer today to schedule an appointment.