"Vicarious trauma (VT) is the process of change that happens because you care about other people who have been hurt and feel committed or responsible to help them. Over time this process can lead to changes in your psychological, physical and spiritual wellbeing."

Dr Laurie Anne Pearlman and Lisa McKay, Headington Institute (2008)

If your role involves supporting people who are suffering, the information on this website is here to support you!


About VT

Vicarious Traumatisation is relevant to anyone who supports other people who are suffering.


About Empathy

Understanding how your empathy plays a role in VT.


Building Resilience

Research into VT across the globe, universally identifies three elements - as what helps to build VT resilience.



Training for organisations on VT and Self-care on a bespoke basis, ensuring we provide what works best for you.



Mark and Lisa are available as therapists and as trainers for contact by individuals and organisations.



"Since the start of the global Covid-19 Pandemic, Lisa Nel and Mark Stancombe have provided evidence-based resources and training of exceptional quality for Macmillan's frontline healthcare professionals."


Really useful and beneficial to my role. Interesting and enjoyable – lots to think about and take away.

16+ Social Worker

Pace, content, relevance, discussions, focus on self-care. All of it. Really useful - thank you so much. Practical and gave me concrete tools to use at work and personally.

Reading University Psychotherapy Group

I really enjoyed the day and felt as a learner and beginner in this field it was very valuable.

2nd Year Advanced Dip Counselling Trainee

The training was a real ‘eye-opener’ for me. I want to make sure we support one-another at work in a systematic way.

School Teaching Assistant & Emotional Support Trainer

I would love my colleagues to have the opportunity to participate in these sessions.

Online Workshop participant