Im an empath
If you can't visualize things, try using words instead. For example, when you feel overwhelmed repeat to yourself, "These are not my emotions. I will not feel them." You don't have to use my exact words of course. You should find through trial and error what works best for you.
Hi Melissa <3 I am sending you so much love as I understand how you are feeling. When I first found out I was an empath it was quite overwhelming to begin with until I started to understand what it all meant and gained control. Here is a link to a website that has topics related to being an empath and how to do different techniques and just what to expect with this new gift in general. I hope this helps you Melissa and just know that in time you will come to understand and love your gift as it truly is a beautiful gift. Sending love <3 xoxoxxox http://lonerwolf.com/empath-articles/