It wasn't until I accepted myself just as I was in this moment,
that I was free to change.
What does "holistic" counseling mean?
For example, if someone is experiencing anxiety, there are some alternative methods of approaching the issue. All methods should first rule out that there is no medical issues needing immediate medical attention--such as Heart disease,Thyroid problems, and Asthma. Next, check if there are any new life stressors and check what the thoughts patterns are. Where it gets really fun is if we can explore and address lifestyle issues--exercise, diet, job match, etc.. What if we can go to the body for some answers? For example, do you generally inhabit your body or are you always in your head--overthinking/worrying/planning? If you are not in your body, you are likely shutting out signals/feedback. For example, do you often soldier through your day-- being a wonderful responsible person while ignoring physical discomfort (signals from your body), forgetting to eat lunch, ignoring your need to go to the bathroom (guilty!). When we do this long enough, we become disconnected to our bodies and their communications--like having your head cut off from your body/heart. We become like a tree without strong roots. The leaves get blown during windy days, but there's little stability because there's little roots to take in the water and nutrients that the tree needs. It becomes easy to understand why we can become anxious and ungrounded. How about we look into this possibility, and if it applies to you we can think about ways for you to re-intregate your whole self into your everyday routine. There's no quick fix from a pill, but there are definitely solutions.
What are some signs that I'm burning out?
Physically you will are feeling exhausted and depleted, and have trouble focusing for a long time. You need more sleep. You will feel an increase in your level of impatience and irritability when dealing with people that feels out of character. You may feel like you are slipping into depression that may not be logical and you can't really explain it.
You are not doing anything wrong. Recognize what is going on and that you need a break and opportunities to recharge your batteries ("me time", hobbies, music, pets).
Is not that you don't care about the person anymore.
It is a myth that we have to be a maryter to be good person, and the person we are serving can't make it without us.
Tendency to be "Suffering Healer"--Out of respect, you feel that you have to prolong the mood of sadness and sobriety while you are working with clients facing trauma and difficulty. (a term used by Carolyn Myss)
Kwong Pik Kim Tsui, LCSW 24764
Mailling Address: PO BOX 22285. San Francisco, CA 94122
Office Address: 399 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118