As a psychotherapist, I often work with highly sensitive people (HSPs) who struggle with anxiety. HSPs are individuals who process information more deeply and intensely than the average person. This can make them more susceptible to anxiety, as they are more likely to be overwhelmed by sensory stimuli and emotional triggers.
There are a number of ways that a psychotherapist can help an HSP manage anxiety. Here are a few of the most common:
Here are some additional tips for HSPs who are struggling with anxiety:
If you are a Highly Sensitive Person in a relationship, this book can help you navigate the challenges.
The Highly Sensitive Person in Love is a book by Elaine N. Aron that provides practical help for highly sensitive people (HSPs) seeking happier, healthier romantic relationships. The book is based on Aron's groundbreaking research on temperament and intimacy, and it offers a wealth of practical advice on making the most of all personality combinations.
The book begins by defining what it means to be an HSP. HSPs are people who are born with a finely tuned nervous system that makes them more sensitive to stimuli in their environment. This can be both a blessing and a curse, as it can lead to HSPs being more easily overwhelmed by noise, crowds, and other sensory input. However, it can also lead to HSPs being more deeply in touch with their emotions, more empathic, and more creative.
The book then goes on to discuss the challenges that HSPs face in romantic relationships. HSPs may be more easily overwhelmed by their partner's emotions, more sensitive to criticism, and more likely to feel misunderstood. They may also be more likely to avoid conflict or withdraw from their partner.
The book then offers practical advice on how HSPs can overcome these challenges and build healthier, happier relationships. This advice includes:
Here are some additional key points from the book:
Are you a highly sensitive person (HSP) who is struggling to cope with the challenges of everyday life?
If so, you are not alone. Millions of people around the world are HSPs, and they often find that their sensitivity can lead to overwhelm, anxiety, and social isolation.
But there is hope.
With the help of a psychotherapist who specializes in working with HSPs, you can learn to understand your sensitivity and use it to your advantage. You can also learn how to manage your emotions, set boundaries, and build healthier relationships.
If you are ready to take the next step, I encourage you to contact me today.
I am a psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience working with HSPs. I understand the challenges that you face, and I am committed to helping you reach your full potential.
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Here are some additional benefits of working with a psychotherapist who specializes in HSPs:
In a world that often values toughness and resilience, highly sensitive people (HSPs) often find themselves struggling to navigate their unique emotional landscape. Highly sensitive individuals possess a heightened sensitivity to external stimuli, deep empathy, and intense emotional responses. While this trait can bring forth profound insights and creativity, it can also make daily life overwhelming and exhausting. Psychotherapy provides a safe and supportive environment for highly sensitive individuals to explore and embrace their sensitivity, develop coping strategies, and thrive in a world that can sometimes feel too intense.
Understanding Highly Sensitive People
High sensitivity is not a disorder or a weakness; rather, it is a personality trait found in approximately 15-20% of the population. Dr. Elaine Aron, a pioneer in the field of sensitivity research, coined the term "highly sensitive person" to describe individuals who possess a finely tuned nervous system, resulting in heightened sensitivity to sensory input and emotional experiences.
Highly sensitive people often exhibit traits such as deep empathy, a heightened awareness of subtleties, a rich inner world, and an inclination towards reflection and introspection. They may also be more prone to experiencing overwhelm, anxiety, and emotional exhaustion when faced with high-stimulus environments or emotionally challenging situations. Psychotherapy tailored to the needs of highly sensitive individuals can provide them with the tools to embrace their sensitivity as a strength and navigate their emotional landscape more effectively.
Key Approaches in Treating Highly Sensitive Individuals
Psychotherapy holds tremendous potential for highly sensitive individuals seeking support, understanding, and growth. By partnering with a skilled therapist who understands the nuances of high sensitivity, individuals can explore their emotions, develop effective coping mechanisms, and embrace their sensitivity as a gift rather than a burden. Through validation, skill-building, and self-discovery, highly sensitive people can learn to navigate the world with confidence and thrive in their personal and professional lives.
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Highly sensitive people can feel stressed, anxious, or depressed when overwhelmed with sensory overload, with too much happening around them too quickly. While no single activity is a silver bullet to well-being for the highly sensitive, research shows that a combination of these low-intensity positive activities contributes to harmony and well-being.
Be gentle with yourself. Embrace sensitivity for the positive benefits and learn to manage the challenges. These 10 practices can help you regain a sense of balance and calm when you feel overstimulated and overwhelmed.
If you think you may be highly sensitive and need additional help overcoming anger, stress, or depression, call Scott Olds, Psychotherapist at (303) 817-8369 or Scott@springsnewhope.com for a free consultation. Scott is located in Arvada, Colorado.
If you are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, or depression, chronic insomnia frequently contributes to the problem. Highly sensitive individuals frequently experience sleep disturbances due to how they process stress. Here are some suggestions to help improve your sleep which will help your anxiety.
Therapy can reduce the overwhelm and stress causing anxiety which will improve your sleep.
Insomnia Puts You At Risk For Medical Conditions
Insomnia is shown to put you at risk for a host of medical conditions, including: stroke, asthma, seizures, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Insomnia also puts you at risk for mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, confusion, frustration, and emotional regulation in general.
What causes insomnia?
The causes of insomnia are many, including:
What can I do to manage insomnia?
When Should I Contact A Therapist?
If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, panic attacks, or depression, a psychotherapist can help. Your therapist can help you uncover the root cause of your anxiety/depression and teach skills to better manage these issues.
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