The Highly Sensitive Therapist's Self-Care Formula

Fill Your Tank - using self-care to reduce exhaustion. Click the video above to see the first video in the Sustainable Practice series. 

Sleep

  • It is essential to start with getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Include plenty of time to wind down before bed and a small buffer of time to wake up in the morning. 

Pre-Session Self-Care

  • Visualize your office as a calming space such as a forest or beach.   
  • Imagine a boundary of white light surrounding you.  

Mid-Session Self-Care

  • Find your breath and slow it down. 
  • Locate your edges: gently press your hands together, find your feet on the ground, put a hand on your belly.  
  • Create distance between you and the client as needed:  pivot slightly to one side or lean back in your chair.  

Post-Session Self-Care

  • 80% of our stimulation comes in through our eyes.  Close your eyes for a few minutes after the session.
  • Take three deep breaths and feel your feet on the ground to start to come back to yourself.
  • Visualize clearing away any energy and emotions of the client’s you have taken on during the session.  

 

Click the video below for a guided self-care practice you can use after your session.  Come back to yourself and release any emotions or energy you have absorbed from the client.