You sit with your clients, hour after hour, striving to help in any authentic way you can. You hear story after story of suffering, and sometimes you quite literally feel the harrowing experiences your clients have endured.
Sometimes you take all this suffering home with you, whether you intend to or not. And sometimes what's stirring at home accompanies you to work.
Although we don't hear it nearly often enough, let me say it here:
Your dedication to your job and to your clients' lives deserves the utmost recognition and honor.
But you probably realize that your dedication can come at a cost. There's risk of paying less attention to yourself than to the health of your clients and their suffering. Your own self-care might become less of a priority, at best, and just plain ignored, at worst.
What happens then?
You might begin to feel the slow burn that actually leads to burnout. You might start to think the same trauma-based beliefs about the world as your traumatized clients. You might just feel like quitting your helping profession altogether.