What are your day to day responsibilities that you have to deal while counseling other people during there hard times.
Do you ever spend time to yourself once your done dealing with the people that you talk during the therapy hours and what do you do to ease your mind? what i mean by that is do you go for a walk or do you go to your favorite place to just relax yourself form a long day at work.
So, many therapists have their own therapist to help with their mental health. And surprisingly, because therapists are also human, they can have the same mental issues that they help others with. I highly recommend the book "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb, as that book did a great job of allowing the reader to delve into her life as a therapist and as someone who receives therapy.
As for coping mechanisms, I can speak from personal experience that everyone is different, and different coping mechanisms will have varying amount of effectiveness for different people. For me, my favorite coping mechanisms are spending time in nature, reading, and journaling; but for others, it might be dancing, cooking, painting, writing, exercising, etc. It's awesome that you're thinking about coping mechanisms, because if you try them out before you really need it, you'll know what works best for you!
Anyways, I wish you the best of luck Charles!
I'm not a therapist, but I do work in Human Resources, and we help employees every day through very challenging situations. On occasion, those situations can be very tough to hear about or work through, so I personally have a fairly robust self-car regimen. I do have a therapist that I meet with every two weeks or so. I also take time each day to do something that involves physical activity and something relaxing to me. That can be play time with my dogs, or writing, or swimming. Meditation is very helpful too.
It's taken me time, but I have learned to allow myself to feel my emotions and not try to tuck them away. Sometimes the release of energy that emotions can put on us is very helpful. I also never want to stop empathizing with people. I think that's what's made me successful in my field of work.
Hope this helps and that you are taking time for yourself as you go along your journey.