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Therapy for
Highly Sensitive People
in Sonoma County, CA 

Treatment for HSPs in Sebastopol, CA

Servicing Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Forestville, Graton, Occidental, Bodega, Petaluma, Penngrove, Windsor and Healdsburg

Do you need tools to integrate your sensitivity?

Has anyone ever told you you're 'too sensitive' and 'taking things too seriously'? Do you find you get easily overwhelmed and then feel misunderstood?

I believe your sensitivity is a gift to be honed

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Discover how to turn your sensitivity into a powerful asset through boundary setting, nervous system regulation, and self compassion.

Welcome to your healing era

Characteristics of Highly Sensitive People

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) exhibit a range of characteristics that distinguish them from the general population. While not everyone will have all these traits, here are common characteristics often associated with HSPs:

  1. Heightened Sensory Processing: HSPs are more sensitive to stimuli such as loud noises, strong smells, bright lights, and rough textures. They may also be more sensitive to caffeine and medications.

  2. Deep Emotional Responsiveness: HSPs experience emotions intensely and are highly empathetic towards others. They can easily pick up on subtle emotional cues and may become overwhelmed by strong emotions.

  3. Overstimulation Sensitivity: Due to their heightened sensory processing, HSPs can easily become overwhelmed in stimulating environments such as crowded places, chaotic situations, or noisy gatherings.

  4. Need for Quiet and Solitude: HSPs often crave downtime to recharge and process their thoughts and emotions. They may prefer calm, peaceful environments and feel drained by excessive social interactions or overstimulation.

  5. Rich Inner World: HSPs are often introspective and reflective, with a deep inner life. They enjoy activities like reading, writing, creative pursuits, and meaningful conversations.

  6. Empathy and Compassion: HSPs are highly attuned to the emotions of others and exhibit strong empathy and compassion. They may feel deeply affected by others' suffering and strive to help and support those in need.

  7. Attention to Detail: HSPs tend to notice subtleties and details that others may overlook. They have a keen eye for aesthetics, nuances in art, music, and literature, and appreciate beauty in their surroundings.

  8. The Need for Strong Emotional Boundaries: While HSPs are empathetic, they also need clear emotional boundaries to protect their sensitive nature. They may be selective about relationships and environments to maintain emotional well-being.

  9. Reflective and Thoughtful Decision-Making: HSPs prefer to take their time when making decisions, carefully considering all options and potential outcomes. They may feel overwhelmed by pressure or rushed decision-making.

  10. Highly Creative and Innovative: Many HSPs are highly creative individuals, drawing inspiration from their rich inner world, sensitivity to emotions and experiences, and attention to detail.

Understanding these characteristics can help HSPs and those around them create supportive environments that honor their sensitivity and allow them to thrive personally and professionally.

What is heightened sensitivity and who is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?

A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who possesses a heightened awareness and responsiveness to external stimuli, emotions, and subtleties in their environment. They may process sensory information more deeply and be more attuned to the emotions of others, often experiencing intense feelings and reactions. HSPs tend to be more sensitive to noise, bright lights, and strong smells, and they may also be deeply affected by the emotions and energy of the people around them.


This heightened sensitivity is not a flaw but rather a natural trait that can bring richness to their experiences, creativity, and empathy. However, it can also present challenges, such as feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated in certain situations. Understanding and embracing this trait can empower HSPs to navigate their lives more confidently and cultivate a deeper connection with themselves and others.

How therapy can help you as an HSP

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) often benefit from specialized therapy tailored to their unique needs due to their heightened sensitivity to stimuli, emotions, and subtle nuances in their environment. Standard therapeutic approaches may overlook or underestimate the depth of their experiences, leading to feelings of being misunderstood or overlooked. Specialized therapy for highly sensitive people provides a safe and understanding space where their sensitivities are validated and explored in depth.


Therapists trained in working with HSPs can help them develop coping strategies for managing sensory overload, navigate intense emotions, set healthy boundaries, and embrace their sensitivity as a strength rather than a limitation. This specialized approach fosters greater self-awareness, resilience, and empowerment, allowing HSPs to lead fulfilling lives that honor their unique traits and contributions to the world.

It is common for people who are HSPs to have past trauma as well as chronic pain or illness. This is because there is a link that connects all three - the central nervous system, and most importantly - the limbic system. Limbic retraining is a part of therapy for many highly sensitive people, and I would be happy to share more about that with you.

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What to expect
in therapy

We will begin by getting your history at the pace that works for you. There should never be any unmanageable emotional flooding in your therapy, because we work together by titrating the journey based on how your nervous system responds step-by-step.

In our confidential and non-judgmental sessions, you'll have the opportunity to explore your experiences, process difficult emotions, and develop coping strategies for managing any triggers and symptoms. Together, we'll create a space where you can reclaim your voice, rewrite your narrative, and embrace a future empowered by who you really are. Every step of the way, you'll be met with empathy, validation, and unwavering support as you navigate your path to healing and wholeness.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about therapy sessions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I am here to support you on your healing journey, and I look forward to walking alongside you toward reclamation of the real you - sensitivies and all.

Reach out to set up a free consultation

6741 Sebastopol Ave #160

Sebastopol, CA 95472


Servicing Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Forestville, Graton, Occidental, Bodega, Petaluma, Penngrove, Windsor and Healdsburg

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