I often hear that counseling work can be very emotional draining. This is especially true for highly empathetic individuals.
When we sense another person’s pain, suffering, and sadness, we may unconsciously take on those feelings as our own feelings, and then hold their feelings with those same feelings of pain, suffering, sadness.
If this rings true for you, then this may be the perfect recipe for compassion fatigue. It will be very exhausting.
There is an alternative...
We can learn to hold the pain, suffering, and sadness of others, with our own feelings of care, compassion and kindness. So what WE FEEL is care, compassion, and kindness, and not pain, suffering, and sadness.
Those feelings of care, compassion, and kindness, are what will make counseling enjoyable, rewarding, and sustainable.
The question is, which way are we adopting?
If we choose the first way, then it’s probably not going to be very emotionally sustainable in the long term.