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Don't take all the heartaches home.


I work with trauma survivors (of war, sexual trauma, and more) who suffer and share that suffering in the intimacy of the therapist-client relationship. I learned early on that although prompted to carry their soul stories with me, out of reverence for what they shared, I could not bring the anguish home with me. It was too heavy to carry in my own life and made me less capable of caring for them in the journey of pain and healing that is the psychotherapeutic relationship. I had to learn to leave it at the door--for their sake and mine.

by CrookedMystic in Six Words about Work - Lessons on Aug 14, 2011 | add favorite | T-shirt

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three-monkeys says,

I have always wondered how therapists bear all the pain they hear on a daily basis. My hat is off to you!

TamekaMullins says,

What you do is amazing! Cheers!

CrookedMystic says,

Thank you so much for your comments! Thank you three-monkeys and Tamstarz! It means a lot to hear that. It is amazing work and I wouldn't trade the time I have spent doing it, but I definitely have to leave the residue of pain in the container of my office...otherwise we would all drown in the sadness. Not that it is all sadness of course but in trauma work their is a lot of grief.

Thank you again for your comments! They mean a lot!

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