As therapists we are often affected by the emotions and experience of our clients. I have often become overwhelmed with emotion when sitting across from a client. That feeling is proof that a transference has taken place.
To feel a rush of emotion come over me in therapy – whether it be sadness, anger or anxiety, is to feel just a slice of what my client is feeling daily. This position across the room from someone in need is humbling to me. I am entrusted with this piece in their life that is hidden from so many.
However, I often have to remind myself that I can’t save people…I can only hold the emotions of my clients in order to truly understand and assist in positive change
I am writing this today, to remind myself and urge all social workers and clinicians out there to take self care seriously.
My list includes
Personal- Spending time with Family
Professional- Take more sick days
Physical- Kiss more
Emotional- Buy myself more presents
Spiritual- Daily bile reading/ reflection journal
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- Empathy… leads to compassion (whoseshoes.wordpress.com)
- When the Hope of a Social Worker is Gone (socialworkhelper.com)