According to Dr. Elaine Aron, high sensitivity is a trait found in 15-20% of the population. It is not a disorder. Often HSPs grow up being told that they are “shy” or “too sensitive.” Rather, highly sensitive persons (HSPs) pick up on subtleties because their brains process information on a deeper level.
HSPs are more sensitive to both internal and external stimulation, meaning they tend to have complex inner lives and sensory sensitivities. Those with this trait are likely to feel their emotions deeply and pick up on the emotions of others. Some may identify themselves as “empaths.” HSPs tend to be easily overwhelmed or overstimulated. They can be bothered by strong smells, loud noises, coarse fabrics, etc. As an HSP, understanding your needs and the importance of self-care is essential to healthy functioning.
It is not uncommon for HSPs to grow up in families or other environments, like school or athletics, where sensitivity is not valued. In fact, many HSPs grow up feeling like there is something inherently wrong with them. HSPs may have been called “too sensitive” or “too emotional.” Much of the world doesn’t often value the trait of sensitivity, but HSPs have great gifts due to their sensitivity.
There are many strengths that come with this trait, including being highly intuitive, empathetic, and creative. This group will explore the strengths of being an HSP and will provide a safe place to process wounds from the past. Group will include self-care strategies, mindfulness, and experiential elements. Through participation in this group, members will come to a greater level of acceptance of themselves and learn to value their sensitivity.
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Please contact us to get on our wait list for this group. The cost of group is $30 per session.