working as an empath
I agree that having empath abilities does help in the counseling field. You also have to be aware of your own feelings and not becoming overwhelmed with sadness. In this field, we hear a lot of stories of abuse and trauma. It is important to practice self-care or you might begin to feel sad all of the time. I prefer to find a balance by working as a counselor part-time, teaching part-time, and self-care (spiritual meditation and exercise)
. Good luck in your studies!