I wish I could contribute with an answer, but quite frankly, I have never heard of this before.My beliefs on the soul is that the soul is basically the collective or storage unit for all that we are, and usually makes us sift through in order to find the deeper meanings.
However, as a reader myself, I can tell you that each reader will give readings and advice that also reflect their spiritual belief systems. So, for example, if the reader you went to beliefs in different dimensions, or chakras or whatever, then their readings will reflect this belief system. There are alot of great responses here that also may reflect a similiar belief system. What I would suggest is this, take the parts that you resonate with, look into the things you are not sure about, and disreguard the things that don't connect at all. Readings are not always 100% accurate because it's subjective to interpretation. 5 reader;s could read the same energy, but they will also interpret this energy in 5 different ways.
Becareful not to use one reader's info as infinate truth, there are many different angles to every situation, to every thought and emotion and what fits or works for some,doesn't work for everyone. It's meant to be a guide to help you find further insight,nothing more, nothing less.
As far as researching empath's, again, there are alot of "common features" or things that people will argue over concerning an Emapth. For example, a common conscensus is that Empath's are always loving and nurturing or could never hurt a fly because they feel others emotions and the pain of causing pain would hurt them to much. However, this is not always the case. So spreadin your research to something bigger such as "Clairsentience" may help you understand a bigger picture of what an Empath is and the capabilities of the abilility, since the bigger term focus more on the exchange of psychic energy as oppossed to what many deem as common traits. If this makes sense
I hope you can find an answer that fits you and I wish you many blessings on your path