What is TIPC

Physicians are smart, tough, durable, resourceful people. If there was a way to MacGyver themselves out of this situation by working harder, smarter, or differently, they would have done it already.

- Simon G. Talbot & Wendy Dean; STAT 7.18

Burnout, Secondary Trauma & Moral Injury
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For more than a decade, industry experts – and practitioners themselves – sounded the alarm regarding the rising incidence of profound burnout, dissociation and dissatisfaction amongst physicians. We now understand these to be the leading edge of much more profound harm including primary, secondary and vicarious trauma and moral injury. 


The multivariate sources of harm accelerated and intensified through the unrelenting crises of 2020. Although the fallout will likely continue for longer than we imagine, there also exists significant opportunity for intratraumatic growth through these times.

Intratraumatic growth requires mindful, deliberative and intentional coaching towards aspirational goals. To imagine that such a thing is possible in the midst of ongoing pain and harm is the very definition of hope. Lodestar coaches are subspecialty trained experts in holding the liminal space that facilitates this crucial shifts.


Meanwhile, resiliency and burnout continue to be used in ways that imply physicians are to blame for their exhaustion, unhappiness and anger. The suggestion that medical professionals lack resilience is, in fact, the weaponization of decades of TOO MUCH resilience: too willing to adapt, too willing to work harder and longer, and too willing to sacrifice self at the altar of medicine and humanity.

Lodestar's trademarked Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Mitigation methodologies mindfully and intentionally hold space for all the emotions that may arise in this time of unrelenting caustic stress. Our coaches are highly experienced, boundlessly compassionate, and extraordinarily skilled at working with clients as they transition from unrecognized, unmitigated pain into spaces where it is named, metabolized and converted into sources of insight and wisdom. 

Trauma-Informed Professional Coaching (TIPC™) is solutions-oriented, deeply empathic, and particularly well-suited to facilitating intratraumatic growth, aspirational thinking and the connection and healing needed to move forward in times such as these.

Physicians often are reluctant to seek help out of fear...

Physicians have become increasingly receptive to professional coaching specifically because it is goal oriented, solutions seeking and proactive – all of which appeal to the baseline characteristics and personalities of most healthcare professionals. 

Physicians are high-achieving and fully committed to the health and lives of their patient’s, and they also are programmed – by years of schooling and intensive, sometimes brutal training – to cope alone with a survivalist mentality. Great coaching facilitates perspective-taking and the shift away from scarcity or fear-based thinking and into abundance and opportunity.

Rarely do engaged physicians become burned out

The importance of feeling safe and heard by a colleague who understands the demands and challenges of the profession, and who is willing to hold space in non-judgement as fears and anger are processed cannot be overstated

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Coaching is not therapy. However, great coaching can be incredibly therapeutic.