Finding Solace When the World Feels Harsh

As a highly sensitive person (HSP) chances are you are tired of having to explain yourself to others and advocate for the needs you have that others do not understand. You may be thinking that something is wrong with you and wish that you weren’t so sensitive. It’s easy to imagine that being more “like…

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The Highly Sensitive Person

Have you often felt that there was something wrong with you, that you are different from everyone else, and way too sensitive? If so, you may be highly sensitive, and believe it or not, this is good news. HSPs have some amazing superpowers! Like many HSPs, I was very hard on myself and suffered a…

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Emotions Move In Waves

Emotions move in waves. While they are most often unbidden, it is meaningful to bring attention to this natural process. The next time you have a pronounced emotion come on, pause to see if you can sense a gradual, or sudden rise in the energy in your body and mind. Perhaps you can feel the…

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Tolerating Your Emotions

Many people come for therapy when they cannot tolerate their emotions. When emotions are tolerable, people do not usually need or want any help. Sometimes just understanding more about the territory of emotions helps.  There is a common metaphor about emotions in therapy called “the window of tolerance”, which I find useful. Inside of the…

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Time to Decompress?

Too much stimulation and distraction, and no time for integration leads to  many symptoms including overwhelm, confusion, forgetfulness, anxiety, and depression, to name a few. While it may seem impossible to get a handle on it all slowing down makes a huge difference. Our brains need down time to integrate and process our experiences. Some…

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