Being emotionally available for another can take a toll, especially when our job is to "give." To give time. To give energy. Understanding. Space. Acceptance. And during all of this we hear terrible, sometimes horrific stories of suffering.
I'm aware for myself, and with many colleagues including trainees that I supervise, that it can become too much. I believe this is a source of much of the apathy in the healthcare system. People detach because they're overwhelmed. We can insulate ourselves, but it's very challenging to be available and effective in such a state.
I'd love to hear from other providers about their approaches at dealing with the emotional toll of our work. How do you handle it in session and still be emotionally present? How do you take care of yourself?