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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."


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

16+ Social Worker

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

Counselling Group, Basingstoke

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!


We must encourage those in high-ranking roles to be aware and partake in this training, for them to identify the signs with their own staff.

North Yorkshire Police

It has been amazing to share with other professionals from all over the country.

Online Workshop participant