The absorbent self
Help my empathy is killing me!
A training experience offering participants practical insight and knowledge into the negative side of empathy which leaves practitioners vulnerable to absorbing too much of the client’s energy/story and experience thereby dissolving some edges of the interpersonal boundaries between self and other.
Emotional contagion leads to the potential for overwhelm, vicarious and secondary traumatic stress. This can also contribute to relational difficulty and conflict with clients through re-enactments. Participants are invited to explore the somatic indicators and early warning signs of overwhelm and compassion fatigue. This workshop explores aspects of self-care which entails developing some important strategies for optimising health and well-being to prevent burnout and maintain optimal relational fitness for your role.
Other topics of focus will include somatic transference and countertransference. Enhancing therapist self-care is examined through laughter, play, self, compassion, support, quality rest and body wisdom through somatic awareness. There will be an emphasis on making the best use of clinical supervision to support self-care.
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Tony Buckley has extensive experience in the field of trauma including as the manager of the Counselling and Trauma Service within the Occupational Health Department at Transport for London.