Counseling for Highly Sensitive People

A common trait I see among my clients and people I talk to who suffer with anxiety and panic is Sensory Processing Sensitivity. 

If you’ve always heard things like, “You’re too sensitive” or “Why do you have to analyze everything?” When you ask someone a question do they get defensive when you were just curious about something? Are you easily startled? Do you get the “hangry’s”? 

You may be a highly sensitive person. According to Elaine Aron, PhD , Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are individuals with genetic characteristics that makes them deeply attuned and sensitive to their environments and relationships. They have high levels of empathy and emotional responsiveness. Above all, HSPs tend to be more thoughtful in their actions and deeply reflective. 

According to Aron and her continued research, this is not a disorder but an innate trait found in about 15-20% of the population. The brains of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) actually work a little differently than others’.They notice everything and are naturally going to be overstimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic, or novel for a long time.

                                           D: Depth of Processing 

                                           O: Overstimulation 

                                           E: Emotional Reactivity 

                                           S: Sense the subtle 

By the way, Aron is pretty sure we HSPs and those close to us will account for a high number of those who do not catch the virus! If you are an HSP think of your trait as a super power.  We come with instincts perfectly designed for surviving this kind of threat.

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Highly Sensitive Person Group

Surrounded by a society where 80-85 % of the people are not Highly Sensitive, it’s easy to buy into a cultural perspective that our gifts are not gifts but weaknesses.

Making yourself wrong or always trying to fix yourself to be “normal” has an impact on the world.

You aren’t seen for who you really are!

Highly Sensitive Person Group Ongoing

  • Understand the overwhelm of being Highly Sensitive while discovering your Sensie Super Powers
  • Explore how childhood experience and decisions impact your present day choices and reframe them through your HSP lens
  • Develop self-compassion practices and stress less more of the time. Decrease your anxiety spirals.

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 7-8pm

Facilitated by Kim Engstrom, MS
Anxiety Specialist and Highly Sensitive Counselor
Investment is $450 for 6 sessions (3 months)


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