HSP: Feeling the World

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…

Read More

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?

Growing up sensitive was not easy for me, it often made me feel overwhelmed, emotional, and weak. I was hard on myself about not fitting in, always wishing I was more like everyone else. What I did not know was that the same sensitivity that was causing me to suffer also led to some of…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More