How do you view empathy? Where have you drawn your connection to others from? How do you present this in therapy?

I have spent the last two years working on my ability to be empathetic towards others. Recently, I have noticed that by allowing myself to feel and explore my own emotions, needs, and defense, I give myself the chance to empathize with others. People often evoke and present their needs outwardly. I believe for us to be present; we must use our senses to explore our client’s narratives just as they would. However, we have the tools to reframe and reorganize the narrative. Our genuine presence in each moment will help us attune to this gift as a therapist. I wonder if empathy therapy would be an effective approach to explore cross culturally.

With Intention.