2021 Empowerment Guide For Sensitive People

Insights And Tips For The Gentle Heroes Of Our World

Welcome to the 2020 Empowerment Guide For Sensitive People. We are pleased and honored to bring you the voices of many accomplished individuals to offer their wisdom to help you make 2020 a wonderful year.

Expertise come from many sources. This year's blog series honors the many ways we can learn about and develop ourselves and the many strategies that sensitive people have available to support the effective channeling of their sensitive gifts:

  • science and understanding the trait
  • different forms of therapy and self-understanding
  • parenting skills
  • grieving skills
  • managing overwhelm
  • self-care and self-honoring practices
  • perspective through frameworks
  • career
  • reading books about sensitivity

We hope you will benefit from the insights offered and that your 2020 year is productive and joyful

Our Sensitivity Guides

Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen is based in the U.K.  She founded Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002) and the National Centre for High Sensitivity  (2010-19).  In 2013, she retired as a qualified integrative therapist, group worker and supervisor after working in the therapeutic field for 20 years.   Barbara has received training on high sensitivity directly from Dr Elaine Aron in the USA.  She has written and presents continuing professional development workshops (CPD) for professionals on the trait of sensory processing sensitivity and is a speaker on the topic of highly sensitive people and sensitive living.  She facilitates the empowerment of individual HSPs as a mentor 1-1, also supporting parents of HSCs and providing assessments and reports for schools.  She facilitates groups and workshops nationally and internationally, co-hosting a number of 4-day HSP Gathering Retreats with Jacquelyn Strickland  and creating personal development workshops for HSPs in Europe and USA.  She is a founding member of International Consultants in High Sensitivity.  You can contact her at +44 7773124854 or by email at hspsensitive@icloud.com or visit her website at www.growingunlimited.co.uk for more information.

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Ane Axford

Ane Axford is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in sensory sensitivity. She is also a clinical hypnotherapist. Ane is an early voice in support of awareness of sensitivity and has developed a unique program for sensitive people which uses physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational processes to strengthen sensitivity through a model called Sensitive Leadership.

Connect with Ane at Sensitive Leadership, her Ane Axford website or her Sensitive Leadership Instagram.

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Jenna Avery

Jenna Avery is a writing coach and the founder of Called to Write, an online community and coaching program designed to help writers make the work of writing actually happen, where she has helped hundreds of writers overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and resistance so they can get their writing onto the page and into the world where it belongs.

Jenna is also a screenwriter, columnist for Final Draft and Script Mag, instructor for Script University and The Writer’s Store, editor, and story consultant. As a storyteller, she specializes in sci-fi action and space fantasy.

Jenna lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, and three cats, and writes about writing, creativity, and calling at CalledtoWrite.com.

Download Jenna’s free guidebooks for writers when you join her mailing list or visit Jenna’s Called to Write community. Financial aid is available.

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Esther Bergsma

Esther Bergsma, MA, is a frequent speaker on High Sensitivity in the Netherlands. She is an author, trainer, scientific researcher and expert on High Sensitivity. She wrote three books on the subject. Her book about the brain of the Highly Sensitive Person is now available in English. Check it out here. 

Esther wants to create awareness about the trait from a more scientific angle. She speaks for medical professionals, psychologist, teachers and managers. Last year, she conducted international research to gain awareness on the trait of High Sensitivity in the workplace. 5500 Highly Sensitive Persons from over 20 countries participated and the results are as important for HSP as for employers.

Connect with Esther through  her website which she created as a place for HSPs to meet, learn and share. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.
Check out her research here.

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Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper, Ph.D. is an international consultant on high sensitivity, an expert in the areas of highly sensitive people and career, the high sensation seeking highly sensitive person, the highly sensitive man, and highly sensitive people and creativity.. Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career; Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person; and Empowering the Sensitive Male Soul. Dr. Cooper appeared in the 2015 documentary film, Sensitive-The Untold Story, along with many other researchers and experts. He is an Assistant Professor in Baker University’s Ed.D. program in Leadership in Higher Education. Dr. Cooper regularly works with individuals in career crisis and transition, as well as corporations interested in diversity and inclusion initiatives for HSPs, innovation and HSS/HSPs, and frequently speaks on subjects related to sensory processing sensitivity and sensation seeking. 

Connect with Dr. Cooper at his website, his Facebook page or his Facebook page for sensitive men.

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Jody Day

Jody Day is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women and the author of ‘Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children’. An HSP herself, she’s a thought-leader on female involuntary childlessness, an integrative psychotherapist, a TEDx speaker and a former Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School. A World Childless Week champion, she lives in rural Ireland and is working on a new book. 

You can engage with Jody directly. You’ll find her most days at the Gateway Community. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.

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Jason Freeman

Jason Freeman is a professional speaker, author, and bravery coach who travels the country sharing his inspirational and transformative journey with captivated audiences . . . and he does it with a pronounced speech impediment. From the dream-affirming standing ovation following his TEDx talk in Sugarland, TX to his earliest moments in front of an attentive crowd, Jason has learned to trust his seemingly contradictory calling to speak in front of live audiences. He has shared the stage with well-known speakers in the transformational, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and business worlds and has charmed audiences at The California Teacher’s Summit, Kyle Cease’s Evolving Out Loud, The Habitude Warrior Conference, The People First Conference in San Diego, and San Diego State University, amongst others.

Connect with Jason through his website, Facebook, or Youtube channel.

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Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program using cultural, personal development, and skill frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health, and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

Connect with Maria at her website, at the Emerging Sensitive Program, Facebook page, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Ritu Kaushal

Ritu Kaushal is the author of the memoir, The Empath’s Journey, which TEDx speaker Andy Mort calls “a fascinating insight into the life of a highly sensitive person and emotional empath.” Ritu writes about highly sensitive creatives on her blog, Walking Through Transitions. Her work has been featured on Sensitive Evolution, Tiny Buddha, and Elephant Journal. Ritu was recently awarded the silver medal at the prestigious REX awards, instituted by the United Nations & iCONGO in India, and given to people creating social impact through their work.

Connect with Ritu on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Elena Lupo

Elena Lupo, Ph.D. is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist based in Italy. She works in a body-oriented approach (Biosistemica) with highly sensitive men, women and children investigating and advocating coping strategies, psychosomatic issues and supporting the healthy parenting and teaching of highly sensitive children. She is the author of “Il Tesoro dei bambini sensibili”, 2017 and leads workshops about having boundaries using the body oriented approach. She is a member of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity.

Connect with Elena on Facebook or Instagram

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Brooke Nielsen

Brooke Nielsen is an expert psychotherapist specializing in catapulting HSPs out of overwhelm and into a powerful calm. She founded the Therapeutic Center for Highly Sensitive People in Boulder, CO and has over a decade of expertise in trauma healing. Her Intuitive Warrior Journey program helps people discover the gifts that lie hidden in what they thought were the worst parts of themselves. Learn more at Intuitive Warrior Way

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Mary Kay Parkinson

HSP Mary Kay Parkinson is an energy healer and life coach based in Maryland. Her site offers information about the HSP trait, and many articles about living well as an HSP.  Mary Kay is an energy healer and coach in spiritual development. She has a BA in Psychology, and has studied at the  Center for Intentional Living, Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Mentor Coach, Bert Hellinger Institute USA, and the Potomac Massage Training Institute. Connect with Mary Kay at her website, on FacebookTwitter or Google Plus.

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April Snow

April Snow, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in downtown San Francisco who specializes in working with Highly Sensitive Introverts. April strongly believes that being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) doesn’t have to stop you from living a fully engaged life and is on a mission to help HSPs create a life on their own terms so they can manage the overwhelm and start to thrive.

Connect with April at her website, on Facebook, or Instagram.

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Jacquelyn Strickland

Jacquelyn has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1993, having worked exclusively with highly sensitive people since 2000. She is one of the very first pioneers, with Elaine Aron, of what is now an international movement connecting HSPs around the world. Jacquelyn & Elaine co-founded the HSP Gathering RetreatsSince 2001 , and there have been 36 and counting, national and international retreats. We will be celebrating the 37th retreat as soon as it is safe to gather, and possibly we will gather virtually as well.

Jacquelyn’s background in Social Work, Women’s Studies, cultural diversity and a graduate degree in Counseling have empowered and informed her work since first finding out about our HSP trait in May of 1996. Her psychotherapy practice included therapeutic orientations, coaching principles, mixed with a client’s spiritual foundation. She has been trained in hypnotherapy and loved her work as an EMDR, Level II practitioner.
She has been certified to utilize Myers Briggs Personality Assessment since 1991, and is also well versed in the use of the Enneagram, using both of these modalities, when helpful, in her work. She now connects with highly sensitive people around the world as an HSP mentor, coach, educator and retreat & workshop leader, including the HSP Gathering Retreats, and her Nature as Teacher and Healer retreats held in beautiful Colorado where she lives. She is an expert on Sensory Processing Sensitivity and a member of ICHS – International Consultants High Sensitivity, a group of international professionals trained by Elaine Aron in 2018.

Jacquelyn has been married to a non-HSP introvert since 1978 and is the mother of two grown sons, one an HSP, and one simply very kind. She is the grandmother of three delightful grandchildren, ages 3, 4 and 6. One granddaughter is almost certainly a sensitive extrovert like her grandmother.
Connect with Jacquelyn at her website or on her Facebook page. Sign up for her newsletter, HSP Highlights & Insights - here

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Megghan Thompson

Megghan Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a Parent Coach/Mental Health Consultant. She has been working with Highly Sensitive Children, teens and their families for 10 years, and owns a group private practice in Maryland that specializes in working with HSCs, HS teens and young adult HSPs who engage in life-threatening behaviors like daily meltdowns, aggression, suicidal actions, promiscuity and self harm. Megghan’s mission is to defeat the statistic that HSPs make up 50% of the population that seeks therapy but only make up 20% of the population. She’s doing this by building an army of parents equipped with the support and accountability to rapidly transform their relationships with their children.

Connect with Megghan at her website, or on Facebook or Instagram. For more support on what helps to break down the meltdown cycle, and truly support your sensitive child as an empowered parent, check out my free training for parents.

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