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You love your job but at times it's heavy going.
Helping others at work doesn't mean that you have to go it alone.
Sometimes, you need a helping hand.
Find self compassion, connection & therapeutic support through music, the body and personal inquiry.
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Therapy, support and community for helping professionals
Supporting prevention, resilience and posttraumatic mental health in emergency service workers.
Helping teachers and educators to manage stress and restore a sense of calm, energy and confidence.
Self compassion, resilience and positive mental health outcomes for medical and allied health professionals.
When you're overwhelmed, overworked and anxious, you are in survival mode. You're in too deep to think ahead. And it's way too hard to enact that self care plan. In fact, even thinking about it can feel exhausting. What you need is a way to create space and connect back into yourself.
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About Minky van der Walt
As an allied health clinician with over 20 years experience, and trauma expertise for the last 12 years, I know very well the toll that caring for others can take. I’ve worked in large public hospitals, small private hospitals, primary schools, high schools, early childhood centres, community mental health and child and adolescent therapy services. I have extensive experience in providing therapeutic support to families and services involved with family violence, child protection services and with many ‘at risk’ populations.
I know the impact of this work.Find out more about Minky
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Within the helping professions we often focus on the more challenging end of the joy - pain spectrum in this work: exhaustion, compassion fatigue, secondary stress and vicarious trauma. This blog series seeks to rectify that, with Part 1 focusing on vicarious resilience, Part 2 unpacking compassion satisfaction, and Part 3 addressing the importance of, and risks associated with, connecting with others. Cultivating awareness of both ends of the joy - pain spectrum in the helping professions is essential in supporting worker wellbeing.
Post-traumatic growth is a familiar concept to many. But what about other positive impacts that workers can experience? Vicarious resilience and compassion satisfaction help us to understand the ways that workers in helping or caring roles can be positively impacted, or even transformed, by witnessing the strength and resilience of others. Holding an awareness of both ends of the spectrum - the joy and the pain in the work - may hold the key for a healthy, successful and durable career.
Creating playlists for fun, to exercise and support us through hard times has always been a great thing to do. You might not think about it much, but your music playlist impacts your mood, your thoughts and your body. And if you're having a hard time, it's worth noticing if the music you listen to is helping.... or not.
Therapy groups are a fantastic way to find support and connect with others facing similar experiences. They bring people together, help you to see that you are not alone and can be a way to learn about yourself in relation to others. In joining with others in a group, you can develop skills in communication, see things from different perspectives, share learnings and develop some great networks of support.
When so many of our challenges are a result of pressures from work and (rather topically) society in general – reference to ‘self care’ can seem to be a dismissal at best. What of the larger systems and social mechanisms at play? How can we look after ourselves and each other? Social buffering and ideas about connection and empathy give us some clues.
It’s a big claim, but think about all the times of need you have turned to music ... in times of heartbreak, teenage angst, weddings, funerals, setting the scene for a party (at the beginning and at the end of the night), for graduations, for religious services, and on and on.
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