Signs of Vicarious Trauma
According to the American Counseling Association’s Traumatology Interest Network, if you as a practitioner find yourself doing the following, you should consider that VT is involved:
You avoid talking or thinking about what the trauma effected client(s) have been talking about, almost being numb to it.
You are in a persistently aroused state; e.g. you: find yourself losing sleep over clients, worry that you are not doing enough for your client(s), find yourself being jumpy and easily startled, are more easily irritated and/or angered, dreaming about your client’s traumatic experiences, having intrusive thoughts about your clients when not at work, feeling less satisfaction and less hope with your work.