Sass is the Research Director & Cofounder of SelfCare Psychology Ltd.
Sass’s MSc research project in Counselling Psychology at Keele University was titled 'Looking through a Lens of Terribleness'. This was a small-scale Thematic Analysis study which explored and aimed to understand professionals needs when they are working with and listening to those in trauma. Crucially, she wanted to find out what worked, when it came to buffering the professional trauma and fatigue that she found.
What she learned that worked from the professionals she interviewed, a lengthy literature review, and over 25 years of working with people has resulted in creating SelfCare Psychology with her Cofounder Kate. They describe SelfCare Psychology very much as a passion project, running it in its entirety alongside their full-time roles.
Sass is a very content and enthusiastic full time Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice. Her practice includes a wide range of client work, as well as taking referrals from EAPs within the emergency services, health and social care and education settings. You can access her website here www.sassboucher.com
In a previous life Sass trained as a Social Work practice educator, whilst working for many years in domestic abuse services, carrying out a variety of roles including front line support, project service manager and an LA Domestic Partnership Coordinator.
As well as keeping up to date with relevant research, Sass trains for SelfCare Psychology and writes around professional trauma and fatigue, but more importantly for Sass, is working out the ways that we can attempt to buffer it. You can find out a bit more about what she’s written here.
‘Learning to care for ourselves is an absolute necessity, when we're caring for and supporting others. It is my absolute commitment through SelfCare Psychology, and my partnership with Kate, to nurture a culture of selfcare in as many professional settings as we can. It is not acceptable that we are losing talented, highly trained and phenomenally committed professionals in the helping professions, because we are not encouraging them to look after themselves and each other.’