Helping Highly Sensitive Introverts feel less overwhelmed and more understood, as you learn to prioritize your unique needs.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
According to research by Dr. Elaine Aron, High Sensitivity, otherwise known by its research term of Sensory Processing Sensitivity, is an innate trait dispersed equally among all genders and found in over 100 species. It is a temperament variation found in 15-20% of the population that allows the brain and nervous system to process subtleties and details that others miss. This trait is often confused with Introversion, but actually 30% of HSPs are Extroverts. All Highly Sensitive People (HSP) share four main characteristics (D.O.E.S.): Depth of Processing Overstimulation Emotional Responsiveness/Empathy Sensitive to Subtleties/Sensory Stimuli There is a misperception that Sensitivity is caused by adverse childhood experiences (abuse, neglect) or induced by traumatic experiences. Although these events can increase the likelihood of depression, anxiety or other mental health issues for the Highly Sensitive Person, the trait is innate and something you are born with.
In an effort to survive the struggles of early life or cope with present-day stressors, we often become disconnected from ourselves, needs and innate internal resources. We also may lack connection and nurturance during these difficult times, making them even more challenging to navigate. My own journey towards emotional healing and growth has come most easily through safe connections with another. By offering a compassionate and supportive atmosphere suited specifically to your needs, I aim to be that safe place for you to explore your deepest feelings without judgement. During our work together, we can explore these areas of deep suffering or disconnection, their current impact and how they are preventing you from living fully. I truly believe that when we can begin to feel, we can finally begin to heal. It would be my privilege to support you on this difficult, yet enlightening journey of self-discovery and healing.
Highly Sensitive People are easily overwhelmed due to our tendency to pick up subtleties in our environment and process that information deeply. This experience often leads to feelings of anxiety when we our ratio of rest/downtime and stress is unbalanced. “All highly sensitive people worry to some degree. Again, it is part of their survival strategy to consider what the future might bring - to learn from threats and failures. To observe and deeply process the world around them.” - Dr. Elaine Aron