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Empathy vs Sympathy

empathy versus sympathy

“I know what it’s like down here.
And you’re not alone.”

Dr. Brene Brown, who is super awesome and did an amazing TED talk on vulnerability (which garnered her more notoriety than she was expecting), summed up the difference between sympathy and empathy in a way that is succinct and beautiful and dead. on. accurate.

Then, The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts took the awesomeness to the next level by animating her profound and true words with adorable woodland creatures. And a hole. And a ladder.

And it’s beautiful.

In the words of Brene (because, in my head, we’re close like that and on a first name basis): “So what is empathy? And why is it very different than sympathy? Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.”

That’s some truth right there. And it just gets better. Read More…

What is Aromatherapy?

Relax. Breathe. Repeat.

Relax. Breathe. Repeat.

For some, the term, “aromatherapy,” conjures up images of soothing spas, Zen gardens, waterfalls, and jasmine blowing in the breeze. For others, aromatherapy sounds like hokum along the lines of healing magic crystals. Here at Sanctuary Counseling, people often ask us, “Just what is aromatherapy and why do you do it?”

Aromatherapy isn’t…

So first, let’s talk about what aromatherapy isn’t. Aromatherapy isn’t a magic cure for … well, anything. But that makes sense, considering nothing is a magic cure for what ails us. Aromatherapy won’t heal wounds, physical or emotional, and it isn’t a replacement for doing the important work of intensive therapy.

Aromatherapy is…

Aromatherapy is a tool, just like any other relaxation technique. It’s one more thing to load into your self-care toolbox to help you along your life’s journey. Many clients here at Sanctuary enjoy having their choice of scent in their therapy space. People report that it helps them relax and be more present with the work. Why? Well, simple. Think about a place you enjoy being. The beach at sunset, the woods on a dewy morning, or the kitchen with your favorite dishes on the stove and in the oven. Take a moment to close your eyes and really picture being there. Read More…

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