Counseling The Highly Sensitive Person

The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

I felt spineless. I thought, "What’s wrong with me? I don’t have a center of my own. Where’s my singular self? — Other people seem to percolate through me. —Where’s my own person?” —  I didn’t know what to do with this kind of sensitivity. I didn’t even know that sensitivity was at the root of these experiences. All I knew is that I felt awful a lot of the time.
         — David Abram

  • Are you easily overwhelmed? 
  • Do you lack energy or a sense of belonging? 
  • Do you feel others engage with the world with an ease you lack? 
  • Does life feel unusually effortful at times? 
  • Does it feel especially difficult to try new things or go new places?  
  • Are you more aware of subtleties in other’s moods? 

 If so, you might be a "Highly Sensitive Person.” About 20%  of the population is. Take the HSP self test.

Traits of the Highly Sensitive Person

Researchers have identified the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) as a type of person who is emotionally and biologically more sensitive to all kinds of stimuli.
Highly Sensitive People have a style of awareness that is more expanded than most. They are more dramatically impacted by “subtle” environmental influences.
This heightened sensitivity can manifest as feeling overly stimulated by:

  • Sounds 
  • Smells
  •  Sensations 
  • Someone’s mood 
  • Chemical sensitivity and allergies 

 This increased awareness to environmental stimulus can create feelings of depression, confusion, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
If you do have High Sensitivity as a trait it’s important that this be identified for you. Once you recognize that you have this trait you become a better advocate for your self and can better understand:

  • Why certain career paths are preferable and others untenable 
  • What the qualities are in experiences that bring you pleasure 
  • What is challenging to you in intimate relationships (and why) 
  • Why you prefer certain climates, communities and environments 
  • Your preference for socializing 
  • Your limitations for absorbing specific types of information or for enjoying certain types of events.

If you are an HSP with education and support you can begin to put together a picture of the unique way that your mind and body senses experience, absorb and processes information. In groups and private session I offer specific support and counseling for the Highly Sensitive Person.
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