The Ups and Downs of Being an Empath
I am an Empath.
An Empath is someone who is very sensitive to other people’s feelings and energy. It is one piece of what makes me a very good therapist and Coach – I can pick up on other people’s energies and feelings.
Early in my career, I found that I had difficulty “turning off” after work – I would think about my clients and I would think about their difficulties. At first, it didn’t bother me. I was new to my career and it felt very exciting to be able to help people. But after a while, I wanted to be able to have some down time, time where I wasn’t thinking about work or about my clients. I could see how therapists became burnt out, and I didn’t want that to happen to me!
I started taking classes and studying energy work, and over time developed some tools and techniques to help me manage my energetic boundaries better. Now I have developed the capacity to be present for my clients without becoming overwhelmed by their energy.
It has often been called a double edged sword – for while there are many blessings to being an Empath (we make excellent healers!), there are also downsides. Many empaths find that being in a room with many people can be draining, or experiencing too much sensory input (i.e. shopping at the mall at Christmas – many loud sounds, lots of people, lots of visual and sensory overload) can be draining, working with many clients with serious issues can be draining.
It has been said that being an empath is like being a sponge – we can inadvertently “suck up” other people’s energies without meaning to or intending to.
I have had to learn how to manage my energy so that I don’t get depleted or overwhelmed by other people’s energy. As a healer, this was especially important for me. I have met other therapists who became so overwhelmed by their client’s energies that they had to leave the field!
The good news is that there are specific, concrete tools available to you to help you manage your own energy. You can learn where you start and end and other people begin. You can figure out which feelings are yours and which ones belong to other people. You can take control of your energy.
I will be teaching a 6 week course teaching some of these concepts, along with a set of practical tools to help you take control of your energy.
Here is what we will cover:
Using Lisa Campion’s book, Energy Healing for Empaths, in this 6 week class you will learn tools and techniques to help you manage and protect your energy, set and maintain healthy boundaries (energetic as well as emotional), ground and clear your emotions.
This will be a very interactive learning lab where you will develop your own personal energy grounding and clearing tools that work for you. You will have help and support to experiment and find the tools that work best for you.
This will be a small, highly interactive 6 week class; each class will be 1.5 hours. $222
Contact me for more information and to be notified when a class is beginning. I will work to find a time that works for everyone interested. Please reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.