I specialize in providing individual and group psychotherapy for adults, particularly those struggling with PTSD, chronic health issues (CFS, fibromyalgia, etc.) and sensory processing sensitivity/Highly Sensitive Person trait. I utilize a variety of evidence-based counseling methods, including cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, cognitive processing therapy and mindfulness. I employ a highly individualized approach with each client that takes into consideration one's unique needs, goals and circumstances. My therapeutic style is supportive and strengths-based. I believe in a holistic orientation to care with a focus on wellness and optimizing strengths already in place. I incorporate a variety of mindfulness techniques into my work with clients as it is a highly transformative modality. Generally, we obtain the best results when we address issues in a holistic manner taking into consideration Mind, Body and Spirit.
Specialty Areas include:
- Highly Sensitive Person trait/Sensory Processing Sensitivity (see below for more info on this trait!)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia (see MY Articles page for my own experience wtih CFS)
- Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain/Transplant
- Anger Management
- Grief & Loss
- Stress Management
- Relaxation Training
Highly Sensitive Person trait
According to research by Elaine Aron, High Sensitivity, or Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS), is an innate trait equally dispersed among all gender identities. It is a variation that allows the nervous system and brain to process subtleties and details that most miss. This once lifesaving evolutionary tool has become an overstimulating burden in the modern world where there are high amounts of stimuli to process at all times.
How do I know if I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?
High Sensitivity can manifest in many ways, but generally shows up as the following four characteristics that are present across the lifespan:
- Depth of Processing
- Emotional Responsiveness/Empathy
- Sensitive to Subtleties/Sensory Stimuli
Do you feel all the "feels" and everyone else's too?
Would you consider yourself highly emotional, intuitive or easily overwhelmed?
Do you need to process information thoroughly before making decisions?
Can you often see what needs to be done in a situation before others do?
If so, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), a genetic trait found in 15-20% of the population. Being Highly Sensitive creates an advantage of being able to live, love and feel deeply, but can often lead to feeling overstimulated and misunderstood.
Visit hsperson.com to take the self-test!
I really, really love working with Highly Sensitive People (HSP)! I am an HSP myself and I truly believe it takes a Highly Sensitive therapist to effectively work with people who have this trait. Highly Sensitive People's experience of the world tends to be sooooo very different from non-HSP's. Not better or worse, just different.
I work with adults, children, teens and families around issues related to the Highly Sensitive Person trait. Sometimes, it helps to have a "translator" to help explain this trait and how to best work with it in family situations. Highly Sensitive Children need tons of love and validation from understanding parents because they are often misunderstood or criticized because they "show up" differently from non-HSP children.
Highly Sensitive adults greatly benefit (learn, grow and thrive!!!) from reframing their life experiences (especially negative ones) when they discover they have the HSP trait. Many Highly Sensitive People feel as if they don't fit in and never have. They have been told all their lives they are too sensitive and/or too intense. They have come to believe there is something inherently wrong with them! Many have been diagnosed with mental health disorders due to their sensitivity and others' lack of understanding about this personality trait. High Sensitivity is NOT a disorder, but a very unique trait that has to do primarily with having a finely tuned nervous system!