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Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (Norton Professional Books) [Hardcover]

Babette Rothschild , Marjorie Rand
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Table of Contents

PREFACE: On Common Sense

INTRODUCTION

I. PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AT RISK
• Psychotherapists at Risk
• Countertransference
• Projective Identification
• Empathy

II. MANAGING THE TIES THAT BIND
THEORY:
• The Neurophysiology of Empathy
• Somatic Empathy
• Mirroring and Mimicry

SKILL BUILDING:
• Facial and Postural Awareness
• Conscious Postural Mirroring
• UN-Mirroring

III. KEEPING CALM
THEORY:
• The Neurophysiology of Arousal

SKILL BUILDING:
• Arousal Awareness
• Therapist’s Brakes
• Relaxed vs. Calm
• How Close is too Close?
• Thickening the Skin
• Controlling Empathic Imagery

IV. THINKING CLEARLY
THEORY:
• The Neurophysiology of Clear Thinking

SKILL BUILDING:
• Know Thy Self
• Strengthening the Observer
• Controlling Self-Talk
• Nurturing Your Work space
• Structured Self-Care

V. CONCLUDING SECTIONS
• Revisiting Projective Identification
• To Each Her Own Chair
• Final Words

APPENDICIES
• APPENDIX I: Assessment
• APPENDIX II: Pilot Research

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
REFERENCES

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