- Publisher: Norton Professional Books (2022-03-15)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 224 pages
- ISBN-13: 9781324019237
- Item Weight: 283.5 grams
- Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.5 x 0.61 cm
Finding meaning in trauma work, as a traumatized healer yourself.
The act of caregiving is physically exhausting and emotionally draining, yet caregivers describe it as rewarding and gratifying. Prolonged exposure to human suffering, however, is not without risks?caregivers report high rates of burnout and poor quality of life.
Many care providers believe that their feelings do not matter; that they should ignore their pain, brush off their trauma, wipe away their tears, and just “suck it up.” Here, Omar Reda a Libyan-born American psychiatrist who, as an emergency physician and trauma counselor provided care for medical staff caring for victims of trauma, calls upon other healers to break free from cycles of secrecy, toxic stress, and silent suffering so they can continue to empower and inspire those in their care.
Filled with poignant first-person stories and clinical case studies, this book is an impassioned plea for psychosocial trauma care that prioritizes the health of both client and healer.
About the Author
Omar Reda, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, a Harvard-trained trauma expert, an author, and a family advocate—but, most importantly, a dreamer and strong believer in the potential of finding beauty in all human encounters. He lives in Portland, Oregon.