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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Are you an empath? Empaths feel "everything"! Many have developed anxiety in social settings due to feeling overwhelmed around others. I specialize in helping empaths develop boundaries. I do this through the process of therapy, and also through the use of energy work tools.

— Sara Rotger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

Empaths; highly sensitive; spiritually-minded; activists; intuitives; creatives and artists.

— Maia Kiley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Having Sensory disorders or being emotionally sensitive is often highly miss understood. I am very patient and understanding when working with these type of symptoms and have found the art to be a helpful way in working with sensitivities of any kind if one is open to it.

— Samantha Hanson, Art Therapist in Appleton, WI

I identify as an HSP. I have been studying Elaine Aron's research on HSPs and helpful methods for conducting therapy with Highly Sensitive People. I can help HSPs understand the trait and their needs in order to feel empowered to make adjustments or set boundaries to feel less overwhelmed. I also help HSPs use their strengths to be successful and enjoy life.

— Jenna Wonish-Mottin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in The Woodlands, TX
 

For Highly Sensitive individuals, functioning well in our fast paced world can be a lot of work. I'm interested in helping people who identify this way by providing a safe and empathic space, one in which moving slowly and sharing at a modulated pace are encouraged and supported. With my training in Dance/Therapy, Authentic Movement, Yoga and Meditation, it's a pleasure for me to share embodiment and mindfulness tools in service of nervous system regulation and self care.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

More and more of us are realizing how sensitive we are. Some part of the zeitgeist has woken us up to how much we impact each other. When sensitivities arise in a person, it can be confusing and disorienting. Learning how to hone these perceptive abilities and turn them into a gift that you can use in the world can be completely transformational. It's tricky to be a human being on earth! Boundaries, self-care and tuning in to your capabilities allow you to be fully yourself on a daily basis.

— Marcus Berley, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Seattle, WA
 

Feeling overwhelmed by your world? Do others tell you that you're "too sensitive?" Experiencing high sensitivity to your environment and the people around you can impact your energy and mood and feels EXHAUSTING. It can also make having and maintaining relationships with others a bit difficult. If you're interested to learn more about ways to cope and navigate your world more effectively, let's work together on that.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

Being an HSP myself, I understand what it's like to navigate the world in a more sensitive manner and how overwhelming that can feel at times. I also know that being highly sensitive comes with very valuable gifts that we may not always connect with. I'd like to help you connect with your own sensitivity gifts and learn how to thrive in an overwhelming world.

— Christine Tomasello, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I also identify as a highly sensitive person and can help you navigate how this trait may show up for you and ways in which is a major strength to appreciate in yourself.

— Emily Donahue, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

As a highly sensitive therapist and person, I know first-hand what it is like to feel different. What a relief it can be to learn it's a natural trait that makes up around 20% of humans. We feel, think and experience things deeply, often need more downtime, may experience more emotional ups and down's and angry outbursts when at our max, and are prone to experiencing higher levels of stress, people-pleasing patterns, and low self-confidence. If you are having trouble managing, I am here.

— Amanda Rebel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Being an HSP myself, I understand what it's like to navigate the world in a more sensitive manner and how overwhelming that can feel at times. I also know that being highly sensitive comes with very valuable gifts that we may not always connect with. I'd like to help you connect with your own sensitivity gifts and learn how to thrive in an overwhelming world.

— Christine Tomasello, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

As someone who has been described "wearing my emotions on my sleeve" being a highly sensitive person is not without its benefits. The biggest problem though is difficulty setting internal and external boundaries. Highly sensitive people go through hell because the feeling of letting someone down is so strong, that they sometimes don't set boundaries when they should. This leads to an entire host of problems that look like "mental illness". I will show you how to say no without feeling guilty.

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA
 

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 have been specifically researching and practicing with HSPs since 2016; attending trainings and conferences, reading books and research articles, as well as seeking formal and informal consultation with other therapists who work with HSPs. As an HSP myself, I find my first-hand knowledge is also valuable in connecting with and best serving other highly sensitives.

— Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amherst, NH
 

In therapy, we can make space for your sensitivities, learn to manage when they feel overwhelming, and especially elevate when they can be an asset.

— Halina Brooke, Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

Non-highly sensitive people seem to function with 10 layers of protection against the world. We HSPs often seem to have only 2. Being a highly sensitive person in an insensitive world offers a unique set of challenges but also allows us to access different wells of strength. Embracing one's highly sensitive nature and learning about limits and boundaries can help us feel better equipped and add back layers of protection we didn't realize were possible.

— Lauren Bartholomew, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA
 

For people who identify as Highly Sensitive, functioning in our fast-paced world can be really challenging. I offer a safe and empathic space in which moving slowly and modulating pace are encouraged and supported. I'm happy to draw on my background in embodiment and mindfulness to help my clients learn self-regulation skills. Toning the nervous system is a great way for sensitive people to increase tolerance of stress; we'll work together to help you learn how to best care for yourself.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

As a highly sensitive person myself I know that a huge change like becoming a mom can bring new feelings of anxiety, stress and overwhelm along with the joy & excitement. If you’d like support navigate this transition while honoring yourself as a highly sensitive person - I’m you’re gal!

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

As a HSP myself, I am acutely attuned and responsive to people who also seem to have a heightened sense of their internal and external environments. I also know full well the difficulties we face when we are met head-on with traumas resulting from the lifelong challenge of conforming to a desensitized world.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA