4 thoughts on “Can Therapists Have Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)?

  • June 11, 2019 at 8:10 am

    yes yes yes. Never a combat veteran. Yet I feel like I am. So much carnage. So much loss. There is a moldy old Star Trek episode in which Dr. McCoy is injured on a planet. He is healed by a beautiful woman that lives there. She can never leave the planet because her true self will be revealed. A crippled old crone. She absorbs suffering. Thats my analogy

  • June 12, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    While the substantive content of this article is thoughtfully presented with cogent clinical descriptions and insights, I believe a disservice is done to our profession and personhood when “having drinks after work” is listed as a coping mechanism for the therapist. We must come to terms with our own usage of unhealthy responses to stressors to minimize the potential negative effect which these blind spots have on our work with patients. That’s what differentiates us from ‘lay counselors’ and only diligent scrutiny and effort will maintain that distinction, which our patients deserve.


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