Common Triggers and Trauma of Therapists, First Responders, and Helpers with Jessica Wright | POP 868

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Which traumas or triggers do most first responders and helpers struggle with? How does a simple act of self-care make a huge impact on your day? How do you care for yourself amidst clients, work, and family?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about some of the common triggers and trauma of therapists, first responders, and helpers with Jessica Wright.

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Meet Jessica Wright

A photo of Jessica Wright is captured. She is an LCSW and the owner of Wright Choice Counselling. Jessica is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Jessica Wright, is an LCSW with 15 years of experience helping the helpers. She is the owner of Wright Choice Counseling, a faith-based practice in Illinois and WA state. She specializes in assisting the helpers to decrease their stress and burnout and improve their marriages.

Visit Wright Choice Counseling and connect on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Email: [email protected]

In This Podcast

  • Being a helper of helpers
  • The power of a simple act
  • Common traumas and triggers for first responders
  • Jessica’s advice to private practitioners

Being a helper of helpers

When you’re getting certified with Gottman, there’s a really good PTSD training he offers that he talks about [in] our whole Sound House … all of that is shifted when you’re a helper.

Jessica Wright

If you work as a helper; a therapist, a first responder, or anyone else in the industry, your life often takes on a very different shape from those around you.

As a helper, your self-care needs to look a little different from the average person around you so that you can maintain your emotional, mental, and physical needs to keep continuing to serve others without sacrificing yourself.

The power of a simple act

Self-care does not need to take a long time or be a big event you need to commit a huge amount of energy to. A powerful yet simple act of self-care can be just going for a walk.

If you have had a difficult day with clients as a therapist, or you are struggling with emotionally bringing work home with you, going for even a five- to ten-minute walk can do wonders in relieving tension, clearing your mind, and getting a fresh perspective.

[Going for a short walk] can [help you] to find a sense of peace and [give] grace to [your] partners or kids that are driving [you] crazy when [you’re] stressed out.

Jessica Wright

Common traumas and triggers for first responders

1 – “I’m responsible” – taking ownership and responsibility for everyone’s emotions, mental states, or actions and helping them through those consequences.

2 – “I’m in control” – never allowing vulnerability into play or letting someone else support you when you need it.

3 – “Black and white thinking” – feeling like you have to do the tough things and you have to help people whenever there is help needed somewhere.

These are the common issues that many helpers or first responders struggle with both in their professional and personal lives.

If you find yourself struggling with these problems, try some of the following steps to reconnect with your center:

  • Come back to your values: use your values as a compass to guide you back to what truly matters instead of getting lost in doing everything for everyone without thinking it through.

Knowing what you value is a big [help to reduce triggers]. For me, I value peace, so if I’m seeing 30 clients a week and working full-time … I don’t feel peace anymore, I feel exhausted.

Jessica Wright
  • Connect with your community: whether it is fellow colleagues or loved ones, make space and time to connect with the people that truly see and love you outside of the services that you provide. Let yourself be supported by them.
  • Enforce boundaries: enforce your boundaries with yourself and with others.

Jessica’s advice to private practitioners

Find something that brings you joy and doesn’t feel like work – and don’t post it on social media! Don’t hustle it, and keep it as something just for you.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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