The trait of high sensitivity was first identified by Elaine Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person, and can be understood as giftedness in the domain of sensitivity. HSPs are often very intuitive and empathic and can be sensitive to any strong stimulation, such as bright lights, loud sounds, angry conversations, and violent movies. As a result of overstimulation, many HSPs learn to shut down, withdraw from social situations, avoid new experiences, or push themselves to persevere and then negatively judge their dread and overwhelm.
Since only 15-20% of all people are highly sensitive, many HSPs learn to devalue this trait, as they hear from others that they are “too sensitive” or “care too much.”
In counseling, I provide a safe, emotionally attuned healing environment in which Highly Sensitive persons (HSPs) can heal emotional wounds and move towards greater self-understanding and acceptance. Our work focuses on helping HSPs validate and appreciate their strengths and learn effective coping strategies for living in a world where the majority of people are not highly sensitive.