Alanis Morissette – Empathy

Good summing up of therapeutic relationship (of whatever kind).

“Empathy”

‘There are so many parts that I have hidden and denied and lost
There are so many ways that I have cut off my nose to spite my face

There are so many colors that I still try to hide while I paint
And there are so many tunes that I secretly sing as I wait

You come along and invite these parts out of hiding
This invitation is the one that I’ve stopped fighting

Thank you for seeing me
I feel so less lonely
Thank you for getting me
I’m healed by your empathy
Oh this intimacy

There were so many times, I thought I’d die not being truly known
There’ve been so many moments: forever lonely in my vocation

You come along and celebrate each feeling
And there you are all honor and inquiring

Thank you for seeing me
I feel so less lonely
Thank you for getting me
I’m healed by your empathy
Oh this intimacy

There was a day where the trust that was being asked of me
Required too much you see
To accept your generosity
And to know myself enough to let you help me

Thank you for seeing me
I feel so less lonely
Thank you for getting me
I’m healed by your empathy
Oh this intimacy’

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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