Welcome to Therapy!
Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) can sometimes feel like a Royal Pain in the Patootie for the HSP, and for the people around the HSP.
BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!
HSPs have SO MUCH to offer the world!
Sensitive, caring, feeling people have been told that we are “too” (fill in the blank)! You’re too sensitive; you think/worry too much; you take things too personally; you’re too emotional, too finicky, too fragile, too intense, too uptight, too slow. We’re also told you can’t take a joke; you can’t go with the flow; you can’t let go of things. Making decisions can be very difficult. You might have an acute sense of smell, and strong odors, crowded, noisy environments and bright lights are just too much! You notice things that no one else does. You have a strong sense of justice, and you may be a peace-keeper. Conflict feels uncomfortable. You’re the one that everyone tells their problems to because you’re a good listener who cares deeply. If you’re not sure if you’re an HSP, click here to take Dr. Elaine Aron’s Self-Tests.
While many of the words that are used to describe the traits of a Sensitive can be harsh and judgmental, for almost every perceived negative there is a corresponding brilliant strength! We notice details that no one else does. We are loyal, persistent, thorough, conscientious, fighters for justice and extremely discriminating. We think things through, and we see solutions that others don’t. Because we feel things deeply, we can be incredibly compassionate.
I’m Patricia Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I love helping HSPs to see that your perceived weaknesses are really your strengths! This may sound silly or even impossible, but the world needs HSPs! There are lots of tricks that can make an HSP’s life SO MUCH easier! Once HSPs understand how we’re wired, and what we need, we experience more ease and peace, and we can start to thrive. With proper care and feeding, HSPs experience less overwhelm and fatigue. It is a process, and it takes work, but HSPs have better outcomes in therapy and counseling than non HSPs because we take things to heart, and we are committed to making changes.
I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation. This gives you a chance to see if you feel comfortable with me, and it gives us both a chance to see if we’re a good fit. Please call or e-mail to schedule a time for us to talk.
If you live in California, I offer telehealth (or teletherapy). We meet online through a HIPAA secure platform and have live video sessions.
I also offer walk/talk therapy.