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.

The Hard Work is Upon Us

If you are an energy healing practitioner, bodyworker, therapist or any kind of healing practitioner, I know your clients are leaning heavily on you these days. I heard that leading up to the election, people who typically see their therapist once a month have gone once a week, and clients who typically schedule once a week are going every day. So, … Read more

Psychic Awareness Intrusion

Managing Uninvited Psychic Awareness

A couple of weeks ago, a healer shared the quote I’ve paraphrased below on Facebook:

No matter where we are when we meet, within 5 minutes I’ll know your pain, issues, hidden feelings and emotions. Because I’m a reader. It’s who I am and it’s what I do.

No. No. No. Not ok.

Healers must behave more mindfully if they want to take up their rightful place in the alternative and complementary healing field — a $14B service industry in 2016.

Know this: an ability to read people psychically does not confer permission to do so.

Healers who read people in social settings are unprofessional, and quite often untrained in psychic awareness. The leering quality of this behavior is especially toxic. When meeting someone socially, perhaps for the first time, it’s unlikely that they want to share deep, tender emotions and vulnerabilities.

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