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"Since COVID I have participated in many webinars/virtual learning. This has without doubt been the most rewarding and helpful one that I have participated in." - Macmillan Cancer Support participant

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"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."


Useful not just for counsellors – but for other professions. I just wish all managers could be made to attend this course!

Counselling Group, Basingstoke

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

16+ Social Worker

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

Online Workshop participant

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

The workshop was valuable not only professionally but also personally. It has given me great impetus to look after myself much more! The day was excellent – I loved the ‘team approach’ from the trainers…

Children's Hospice Care Worker