"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."


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

Online Workshop participant

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

Very much new learning and raised awareness. The video clips were great! You work well as a team, the laughter was good and added to the enjoyment!


Very well-structured day. Good mix between theory and activities. The presenter clearly has the knowledge, experience and the passion shines through.

MHFA - Cisco International Ltd

Incredibly useful and timely training, thank you for your time, have taken lots away from today!

Online Workshop participant