20th Anniversary Issue I am a psychiatrist and an empath. I combine my traditional scientific background with intuition, spirituality and my empath-skills in my private practice seeing patients and in my workshops on empaths. Many conventional physicians adhere to a basically linear perspective on healing, but I passionately believe that optimal healing blends mind, body and soul. So, in my therapeutic work, I stay open to any intuitions, flashes or knowings I receive about my patients. This lets me See the whole person. Many patients come in who are experiencing overwhelm or exhaustion but their symptoms aren’t getting better. The huge missing piece of their healing is discovering that they are an empath. Then they can practice the centering and protection techniques I discuss in my book The Empath’s Survival Guide. The trademark of an empath is that they feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. As a psychiatrist and empath myself, I know the challenges of being a highly sensitive person. When overwhelmed with the impact of stressful emotions, empaths can have panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, food, sex and drug binges, and many physical symptoms that defy traditional medical diagnosis. But an empath doesn’t have to feel too much and be overloaded once they learn how to center themselves. The first step is to acknowledge that you are an empath. Here are the top 10 traits of an empath from my book The Empath’s Survival Guide. See if you can relate to them. 10 Traits...
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