Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Compassion Fatigue: Understanding it’s toll on you

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It is important to be able to identify signs of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma. In order to understand compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and burnout, those of us who are mental health professionals must share what we know. You should not feel guilty about feeling exhausted for taking care of someone with a mental health condition. 

It wasn’t until I experienced burn-out during the first 2 years of working in the field of mental health that I knew psychological and physical exhaustion was real. when I participated in the International Society of Trauma Professionals training on professional compassion fatigue (and obtained certification) a few months ago, I realized just how common emotional, psychological, and physiological exhaustion is. Because of this personal and professional experience, I have decided to incorporate what I know about compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma into most of my articles for my audience. To start out, I want to give you the opportunity to take a self-test for yourself online. The results might shock you! The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project has designed 3 self-tests that help you determine if you could be experiencing compassion fatigue. I encourage you to take at least one of them and consider speaking to a therapist or medical professional such as your PCP about your results.


Stay tuned for my article coming up on Wednesday, November 18th that provides detail on what burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma is at

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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