Art Therapy Solutions | Services - compassion fatique

By: Art Therapy Solutions  09-12-2011
Keywords: Art Therapy

Sometimes workers in helping positions, such as therapists and social workers,  forget to take care of themselves as they care for others. Compassion fatigue occurs when helpers are not engaged in enough self-care, which sometimes can lead to burnout. Art therapy is an ideal method to explore the emotions involved in caring for others since art therapy itself can be considered a form of self-care.

Helpers may benefit from art therapy for compassion fatigue when they are dealing with one or more of the following issues:

  • High absenteeism from work
  • Excessive anger or blaming
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • A sense of disillusionment about work
  • Difficulty separating work and life
  • Ruminating thoughts
  • Fatigue and other health issues

Helpers that explore their compassion fatigue through art therapy or talk therapy may experience many of the following outcomes:

  • Improved confidence
  • Greater sense of purpose and fulfillment
  • Ability to manage problems with creative thinking
  • Sense of connectedness to self and others
  • Renewed commitment to their helping profession
  • Increased healthy behaviours

for more information about compassion fatigue therapy in Toronto, to arrange a free 30-minute phone consultation, or to book your first art therapy session.

Keywords: Art Therapy

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