Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sharise Nance (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Expert) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, EMDR Certified Therapist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC and has over 20 years of experience assisting individuals, couples and families see beyond energy depletion, hopelessness, panic, guilt and feeling overwhelmed and assists them in making a shift to a place of peace, joy, clarity and satisfaction. Sharise also dedicates her efforts to running Vitamin C Healing, LLC an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.
With considerable experience speaking at keynotes, workshops, and seminars for young professionals, helping professionals, caregivers, and entrepreneurs across the country, she strives to equip individuals with the tools to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in order to live happy, fulfilled lives and careers. With her depth of experience of working with a diverse population of people from all walks of life, Sharise is eager to share all that she’s learned.
Most recently, Sharise created the S.W.A.G. Awards: Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness Awards, to honor the “heart work” of local social workers in the Greater Pittsburgh area who often go unappreciated and unrecognized.
She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband William Nance.
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What is Compassion Fatigue
The deep physical and emotional exhaustion that causes a pronounced change in the healer's ability to have empathy for their clients, loved ones and colleagues.
Social Workers | Mental Health Therapists| Case Workers | School Officials | Caregivers | Health Care Professionals | Police Officers | EMT Workers | Child Protective Service Workers
Who is Impacted?
People who are experiencing compassion fatigue may notice emotional exhaustion, depression, or even physical reactions like headaches, nausea, chest pain, muscle tension, or irritable bowel syndrome. They may find themselves withdrawing from their friends and family members.
Practicing self-care -prioritizing sleep, movement and nutrition, connecting with your values, setting healthy boundaries, practicing self-compassion, taking a break from listening to disturbing stories by turning off the news or avoiding drama in social media posts. It can also help to talk about your feelings with trusted friends or even seek professional counseling if needed.
With high-stress careers and demanding workloads, more and more people suffer from compassion fatigue — symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, PTSD and even thoughts of suicide
Understanding Compassion Fatigue
Knowledge is power
Awareness is the first step in overcoming compassion fatigue. Sharise has created a variety of resources for people who are feeling burned out or are worried about someone they love who may be experiencing the impact of this condition.
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When the therapist reminds the therapist that "you are choosing to grow things and not just maintain things while you are in pain, dealing with a loss and still holding space for other's pain"
We need reassurance too
We need empathy and compassion too
We hurt too