practitioner burnout empathic healing

The Hidden Costs of Empathic Healing

A psychologist’s case of burnout: A PhD psychologist, she knew the implications of countertransference and maintained impeccable personal and professional boundaries. Yet she was burning out. This was at a critical juncture in her professional life. Burnout is common among healing professionals: bodyworkers, fitness and yoga instructors, Reiki Masters, spiritual counselors, tattoo artists. Because practitioners assist, support, advocate, advise and guide, they are often awash in their clients’ emotions.

Do Be Do Be Do

This past week I met with several stressed out, exhausted clients.  I heard: ‘I’m always running around,’ ‘I’m on 8 committees and they all demand a lot of support at year-end.’ ‘I’m traveling continuously; I haven’t been home for more than 3 days in 6 weeks.’ One client has rescheduled an appointment with me 5 … Read more