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A Day in the Life of a Trauma Therapist

Hi there, it’s me, Taylor. I am a trauma therapist for both kiddos and adults at Hopeful Horizons. While I am adjusting to my new normal like everyone else, I thought I would give you guys a glimpse into my average day at work. Now I am not going to talk to you about how I see clients and for what reasons, as I’m sure you already know this. But I wanted to write about what might not be seen or talked about: the emotional impact.

I’ll be honest - I worry about my clients. Not just now, but each day as the weeks go on. Especially on the weekends when I don’t have contact with them. I worry about their well-being, their safety and what they experience and encounter when they are not in my office.

I do my best not to take work home, but I wouldn't be honest if I said there aren’t nights where I don’t repeat my day in my head over and over. What I could have done differently, is my kiddo going to be okay, is the family going to be okay?

But one thing I do to help myself, which in turn helps my clients, is a complete reset at the end of the day. I have to clear my head. This ranges from a good strength workout to watching funny videos online to even taking a hot shower at the end of my day to give myself the permission to restart.

This has been especially relevant during this pandemic. I am worried about my clients and their needs being met. This is an extremely emotional time for everyone, and I am reminding myself of those day-to-day things I do in the evenings to help reset myself.

I’ve talked a lot about how my work impacts me, but I want to share what keeps me going.

The answer is simple:

  • walking with my clients through their healing journey

  • sitting with them when things are hard and helping them gain back their control

  • cheering them on when successes are made.

This is what keeps me going, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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