Mental health professionals, specifically therapists working directly with clients and providing services to traumatized populations, are exposed to experiences and events through the lives of their clients. As many of these events are traumatic, the concern is that the therapists themselves may have increasing difficulty, both personally and professionally, in dealing with the accumulated trauma of such events. With this awareness in the field regarding the potential effects of secondary trauma, researchers and clinicians alike have become increasingly interested in researching this topic of secondary traumatic stress.