The Highly Sensitive Person

The Highly Sensitive Person

Another area of special interest in my practice is working with individuals who identify as having Sensory Processing Sensitivities*, also called “highly sensitive” or as “empaths.” These are normal traits and between 15-20% of people could be considered to be HSPs or Empaths. The HSP trait is also referred to as Sensory Processing Sensitivity. Some people are both HSPs and Empaths. Some are one or the other. Whether you identify as an HSP, an empath, or both, you may find that your level of sensitivity affects your relationships, your work, and even your health. It can feel isolating and confusing. Therapy can offer a safe place to explore, learn tools for successful living, and come to love your sensitive self.

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) experience the world somewhat differently than non-HSPs. They may be more attuned to subtleties around them, be extra observant, feel easily overwhelmed, and sometimes may be mistaken for shy. They may feel drained when around a lot of people, noises, lights, etc. HSPs typically recharge best with a bit of solitude. It is not a mental disorder or a diagnosis.

I have completed specialized training in this area, and am listed on Dr. Elaine Aron’s site as an HSP-Knowledgeable Therapist.

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