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The Highly Sensitive Person

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who has a sensitive nervous system and is more reactive to external stimuli than the average person. They tend to process sensory information deeply, notice subtleties that others might miss, and experience emotions more intensely.


HSPs may be more affected by things like bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, and rough textures. They may also be more easily overwhelmed by large crowds or intense social situations.


HSPs are not necessarily introverted, although many are. They may also be extroverted or ambiverted, but they tend to need more downtime and quiet time to recharge after being in stimulating environments.


Being an HSP is not a disorder or a condition, but rather a trait that is present in about 15-20% of the population. HSPs may face unique challenges, such as feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed, but they also have many strengths, such as a deep capacity for empathy and creativity.


Much of my work is informed by Dr. Elaine Aron’s research on high sensitivity which she started in 1991. If you’re curious if you may be an HSP, you can find Dr. Aron’s self-tests here:


Together, we will create a better understanding of your experience, learn ways to navigate overwhelm, and gain a sense of control. 


Clients I work with may be facing some of these challenges as an HSP:


Behavioural issues
Emotional – such as anger, lashing out
Executive Function – such as difficulty making decisions
Feeling misunderstood, dismissed, invalidated
Feeling isolated/alone, deep sense of not belonging, disconnected from self and others
Feeling guilt or shame
Feeling ‘not good enough’
Physical/chronic pain
Relational issues – difficulty connecting with others, miscommunication

as a sensitive parent:

  • increased overwhelm due to sensory overload of daily tasks
  • difficulty managing emotions
  • behavioural challenges with HS or non-HS children/parent
  • constant worry and pressure to raise kids/care-take “the right way”
  • feelings of inadequacy, i.e. due to social comparison, social media and/or other cultural beliefs
  • struggles to set and maintain boundaries due to tendency to “people please” and take care of other’s needs over own

as a sensitive child:

  • easily overwhelmed
  • conducive learning environment
  • frequent “tantrums” or “meltdowns”
  • perfectionism
  • trouble “fitting in” or following rules resulting in “disruptive” behaviour
  • self-esteem

Other Services

high sensitivity shows up in many ways

The Highly Sensitive Person

What is high sensitivity and how does it show up in daily life? Click here to find out more.

ADHD, Autism, ODD

What is the difference between high sensitivity and how it shows up for those with ADHD, Autism or ODD? Click here to find out more.

Couples Therapy

Whether one or both partners are HSPS, high sensitivity can intensify relationship issues. Click here to see how I can help.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy has many benefits for HSPs. Groups are offered either as a support group or a therapeutic group. Click here to find out more.