Thanks for making a beautiful space for shared vulnerability.
My career as a social worker has led me to be with people in their scariest moments; lost housing, lost children, lost hope. As a proud empath with her own mental health challenges, learning how to hold space for these intense experiences has been a journey I know I will be on for the rest of my life. I've learned so many wonderful ways to get me through the tough times from my own therapist, but there are a great number of days when it just doesn't feel like enough. Feelings of guilt, shame, and hurt creep in when I know my role directly worsens the trauma these clients are experiencing.
Make no mistake - my passion for this work grows stronger with every moment I share with a client. I know that my empathy pushes me to be as strong as I can for those who allow me in their lives at such a vulnerable time. Some days are more challenging than others. My hope is that the work you do on this page helps normalize those difficult times so we can lean on each other.
My love to all.
Em, thank you so much for sharing this touching post. We’re so honored to share this space with you and to call you a fellow social worker. Your soul and empathy are exactly what this world needs. And you won’t be alone in the double-edged sword of the nature of our work. We’re with you.
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