Highly Sensitive Person

Sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) is a personality trait characterized by a high level of sensitivity to external stimuli. A person with a particularly high measure of SPS is considered to be a highly sensitive person.  A highly sensitive person experiences the world differently than others. Due to a biological difference that they’re born with, highly sensitive people have a greater depth of cognitive processing and high emotional reactivity. This can have both positive and negative implications. Highly sensitive people tend to be more empathetic, creative and insightful, but are also more easily overwhelmed and stress prone. They may “feel too deeply” or “feel too much.” If you think you may be a highly sensitive person and are having trouble managing on your own, a qualified mental health professional can help to teach you emotional and sensory immunity strategies. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s highly sensitive person experts today.

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Can provide Elaine Aron's test for clients and counseling around how to identify strengths and advocate for better conditions.

— Lee Denton, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

It’s likely that the emotional pain of feeling helpless and alone is amplified if you are Highly Sensitive - HSPs tend to feel both joy and pain more intensely than people who are not Highly Sensitive. Being a Highly Sensitive Person has contributed to your success already. Therapy will pay attention to these successes when looking at how you are also suffering.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

Overwhelmed, easily stressed, "bothered", and shutting down in noisy places even if it's a place you thought you wanted to be? All you smell -feel-touch-taste is "too much" and people think you're exaggerating? Highly sensitive people often have high levels of perception and intuition about everything going on "in the room" which can feel traumatizing if you grew up in difficult family circumstances or you don't feel like your sensitivity is understood and respected.

— Gillian Gillette, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

As a highly sensitive person myself, I understand how an overstimulating lifestyle can lead to symptoms that mimic anxiety and depression. I can help you navigate your life and make changes so you can let your light shine and reduce overwhelm in your life. Sometimes small, sustainable changes can have a huge impact.

— Kylee Nelson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

I commonly work with highly sensitive persons who tend to often be: Gifted, Highly Intelligent, 2e, Artists, Musicians, Actors, Cultural Creatives, & those in the caring professions, plus those who have Sensory processing differences, Learning differences (Dyslexia in it's many forms), Asperger's/ASD-I, Environmental sensitivities, Emotional sensitivities, & those sensitive to the Sacred, Mystical, Intangible and Non-material.

— Kim Salinger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Rafael, CA

Are you stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Do you feel ungrounded in your relationships? Do you find it hard to manage your life without losing who you are? Learn how to rediscover your sense of purpose and empowerment as a Highly Sensitive Person, by managing stress, anxiety, relationships and work demand while honoring your authentic self.

— Layla Ashley, Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

I'm an HSP and have specialized training in how to engage with the HSP population in therapy. I help by teaching self-regulation skills and helping HSP's create boundaries and routines that work for them so that they can have more consistent energy throughout the day. I love helping HSP's be more in tune with their needs so that they can have the amazing life that they deserve. While I welcome anyone to work with me, my specialty is working with highly sensitive (HSP) women.

— Robin Poage, Clinical Social Worker in Naperville, IL

I identify as an HSP myself and am familiar with the strengths and challenges that accompany this personality trait. I love working with other HSPs and like to focus on helping you to understand your boundaries, practice self acceptance around them, and to explore how to best communicate your needs to others. I also have experience in facilitating deep inner processing and and managing the levels of distress that tend to be particularly painful to HSPs. My goal is to affirm and empower you.

— Lisa Serrano, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Being too sensitive, needing more alone time, or becoming overwhelmed are not "bad" traits that need to be fixed. You don't need to be fixed - there is nothing wrong with you. Learning to accept all parts of yourself and then communicating what you need in the moment, can make a big difference in navigating relationships.

— Natalie Bernstein, Clinical Psychologist in Pittsburgh, PA

I consider myself an HSP and an Empath. I am also an Intuitive. I help others manage their sensitivity to others as well as the environment. We will talk about boundaries- physical, emotional and psychic boundaries. We will talk about grounding and centering techniques. We will discover together your best approach to live expansively.

— DeeAnna Nagel, Psychotherapist

I provide individual therapy and couples counseling to introverts and highly sensitive people who struggle with managing deep emotions, feeling easily overwhelmed or overstimulated. The flip side of the HSP trait may be a strong sense of justice or empathy or noticing details that others often miss. There are tools that we can learn to help cope with the overwhelming feelings and sensitivities while honoring the strengths that go along with the HSP trait.

— Rachelle Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

As an occupational therapist I have evaluated and treated children and adults challenged by sensory processing disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Many adults find it difficult to establish a therapeutic program that effectively addresses their needs. Occupational therapy approaches the therapeutic process through functional activities that align with the client’s lifestyle, uplifting their overall performance of their roles and responsibilities in work, home and leisure. Walk the talk!

— Tina Anderson, Occupational Therapist in Austin, TX

Do you feel everything? The emotions of others? Places? Animals? Can’t watch certain shows or the news because you feel it all? Being a highly sensitive person or empathize can be exhausting and overwhelming. You are drained by others and love helping. Learn vital tools that support you and help you thrive as an empath.

— Margaret Bell, Counselor in Denver, CO

I love working with highly sensitive and empathic people! The majority of my clients are this way. Being a highly sensitive and empathic person myself, I have spent the last two decades of my life learning, discovering, studying and practicing how to thrive as as a HSP. I love supporting other HSP in finding empowerment, clarity, confidence, understanding, gifts, and peace within being extra perceptive and sensitive.

— Kim Stevens, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I consider myself an HSP and an Empath. I am also an Intuitive. I help you manage your sensitivity to others as well as the environment. We will talk about boundaries- physical, emotional and psychic boundaries. We will talk about grounding and centering techniques. We will discover together your best approach to living and expansive life.

— DeeAnna Nagel, Psychotherapist

The world can be overwhelming if you're empathic, creative or otherwise deeply in touch with your feelings. Sometimes it may feel like the daily demands of life are just too much. It helps to have a therapist with whom you can process all of the big emotions that come with being a passionate and sensitive person. I used a combination of mindfulness, CBT and DBT skills to help you regulate your strong reactions, develop self-soothing skills, and learn to create boundaries that lead to more ease.

— Kayla Freeman, Social Worker in Austin, TX

I am an HSP and have worked with both HSP clients and therapists.

— Mariah Dancing, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I am a qualified Highly Sensitive Person informed counselor in residency.

— Jess Callaway, Licensed Resident in Counseling in Norfolk, VA