Coping with sensory overload can be emotionally draining to you and your significant other. If you have trouble coping because the world is just too much, you may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). About 15-20% of the population is highly sensitive, so you are not alone. Being highly sensitive is natural, not a defect. Both men and women can be HSPs.
If you answer yes to some of these questions, you might be highly sensitive and benefit from HSP counseling.
Are you easily overwhelmed by loud sounds, bright lights, or strong smells?
Do you absorb the emotions of others?
Do you avoid violent movies or TV shows?
Are you highly empathetic?
Are you easily startled?
Do you need time alone to recover from interacting with others?
Do you appreciate the fine arts and music?
Sensitivity is part of who we are, not something to be "cured" - it is how we are wired. Being highly sensitive is a blessing and a curse. HSP's appreciate the wonderful things in life more deeply but can be poorly protected from intense emotions and overwhelmed by sensations when others aren't. We can learn to transform the problems into advantages.
Being an HSP also presents challenges to our relationships. If your partner is not an HSP, they may not understand what you are experiencing. Likewise, they may not understand what you feel. HSP counseling improves relationships with family and at work.
"I have found Scott to be a man of integrity, patience and understanding. He has developed skills over the years to deal with those in pain, in grief, and with mental health difficulties. He has a wonderful sense of humor which carries him though trying situations." - Nancy A. Falcon, M.S., Jeffco Family Support Network
"Scott is acutely sensitive to the emotional needs of both the patient and the caregivers living with either chronic or terminal illnesses. He knows what is needed physically and financially for both patient and family members. His work with the ALS Association has given him a broader, more in-depth comprehension of the support needed for all involved in such illnesses. He is a gifted communicator and has a gentle, caring heart." - Rev. Janet M. Buntrock, MA, LPC, FT
Resources For HSPs
A simple test shows if you are an HSP. If you are curious, take this test by Elaine Aron, Ph.D.
Counseling can be effective to help you manage over stimulation and enjoy life more fully. Call Scott for testing and a counseling session at (303) 817-8369 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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