2020 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

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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.

Article: Parenting as Sensitive Leadership Bootcamp

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Esther Bergsma

Esther Bergsma, MA, is a frequent speaker on High Sensitivity in the Netherlands and also an author, trainer, scientific researcher, and expert on High Sensitivity. She wrote the book Hoogsensitieve Kinderen (Highly Sensitive Children) based on research from over 700 parents, as well as the book, The Highly Sensitive Brain (both are in Dutch).

Esther's purpose is to create awareness about the trait from a more scientific perspective. She speaks to medical professionals, psychologist, teachers, and managers and conducts research on sensitivity in the workplace. 

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.  

Article: 10 Skills Created By The Highly Sensitive Brain


Julie Bjelland

Julie Bjelland is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and founder of the online resource, Sensitive Empowerment. As a leader in the field of high sensitivity, Julie has helped thousands of highly sensitive people (HSPs) around the world reduce their challenges, access their gifts, and discover a sense of calm, feeling grounded, inner strength, and resiliency they have never thought possible. Giving people a sense of true connection, Julie is featured on national media regularly and on a mission to empower sensitive people to live their best lives.

For articles, resources and the Sensitivity Quiz, visit Sensitive Connection.

Article: High Sensitivity: Gifts And Challenges



Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper, Ph.D. is 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. He has written two books, Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career and Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person. His forthcoming book is titled Empowering the Sensitive Male Soul. Dr. Cooper appeared in the 2015 documentary film, Sensitive-The Untold Story. He is the Department Chairman for Baker University’s Master of Liberal Arts program and a faculty member. 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.

Article: Welcoming SPS: Our Sensory Processing Sensitivity

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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 in Gateway Women’s online community where you’ll find her most days at the Gateway Community. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.

Article: Grief: The Undervalued HSP Superpower


Christina Fletcher

Christina Fletcher is a Spiritually Aware Parent Coach and Energy Healer. She is a homeschooling mom of 3 children (ages 17, 16 and 10) and has lived in Canada, Spain and the UK. Through her work in mindset, mindfulness, energy healing, and conscious parenting, Christina shares her passion of seeing each person (adults and children alike) as their truest, deepest versions of themselves, helping them to feel present, authentic and whole through the busyness of the world we live in. She offers her support through 1;1 coaching, self led courses and an online membership program called the Breathing Space for parents.

For more information and to connect with Christina, please visit her website Spiritually Aware ParentingInstagram or Youtube Channel.

Article: Focus On Your Feet To Center


Jeannette Folan

Jeannette Folan is an Integrative Health Coach for Sensitives who encourages her clients to take a ‘Spiritually Academic’ approach to healing and self-development. She is the author of the novel “Diary of a Teenage Empath – The Awakening”, as well as other digital tools and activity books for children and teens. In 2019, she co-launched the first-ever accredited HSP Certification Training Program for mental health professionals with her mentor, Dr. Wendy Nickerson.

Connect with Jeannette at Empath Diary and Nickerson Institute.

Article: The Hypocrisy Of Sensitive People


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.

Article: How To Accept Your Sensitivity As A Gift

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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.

Article: How Doing Your Inner Work Saves You




Imi Lo

Imi Lo is an award-winning psychotherapist, a published author, teacher and podcast host. Her book, Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity (Hodder and Stoughton, 2018), is available worldwide and in multiple languages. Imi is a qualified Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Social Worker, Certified Schema Therapist (ISST), Mentalisation-based Therapy Practitioner, EMDR Therapist, and Mindfulness Teacher. She works holistically, synthesising East and Western philosophies and spiritual traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Japanese Psychology, the Enneagram and Existential philosophy. She is a Clinical Supervisor and Trainer and delivers workshops and lectures to psychotherapists and trainees. Imi was received numerous awards for her commitment and contributions to social changes: the Endeavour Award by the Australian Government and the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) . She has been interviewed as a thought leader for major publications such as The Psychologies Magazine, Marie Claire, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and TalkRadio. 

Combining her life-long passion and clinical expertise, she founded Eggshell Therapy and Coaching, where she works with intense people across the world.You can connect with her there.

Article: Were You Burdened With Too Much Too Soon?


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.

Article: Setting Boundaries For  Responsive Sensitive People


Amber Rochelle

Amber Rochelle is an Intuitive Life Coach who works with Highly Sensitive Empaths to help them thrive in an often insensitive world. Known as “The Sensitive Badass®”, Amber’s mission is to change the narrative in our culture around the word “sensitive” and to lead sensitive souls to a place of empowerment. She believes that sensitivity is a superpower if you choose to treat it as one and that this world desperately needs the healing powers that sensitives have to offer.

Connect with Amber at her website, on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram.

on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Article: From Sensitive Chameleon To Sensitive Badass



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.

Article: Living By My Own Rules: A Guide For Sensitive People


Jacquelyn Strickland

Jacquelyn has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1993 and is now an international consultant on the trait of SPS, an educator, mentor and workshop/retreat leader based in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She has worked exclusively with HSPs since 1999. Her 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 the HSP trait in May of 1996, even before Elaine Aron’s first book was published. Her therapeutic private practice included therapeutic orientations, with coaching principles, and her client’s spiritual foundation. Although no longer taking personal therapy clients, she continues to share her work with HSPs around the world via national and international retreats, workshops and online classes. She co-founded the HSP Gathering Retreats™ in 2000 with Dr. Elaine Aron, and there have been 36 national and international HSP Gathering Retreats since that time. The 37th HSP Gathering Retreat is
planned for August 2020 in Colorado where Jacquelyn lives.

She has been trained in hypnotherapy, EMDR, Level II, and has been certified to utilize the Myers Briggs Personality Assessment since 1991. She is also well versed in the use of the Enneagram and uses these modalities in her work. Jacquelyn has been married to a non-HSP introvert since 1978 and is the mother of two grown sons, (one an HSP, one simply very kind. She is the grandmother of three delightful grandchildren, one of whom is almost certainly a sensitive extrovert like her grandmother.

Connect with Jacquelyn at her website or on her Facebook page.

Article: Spirituality and Empowerment: A Love Letter From Jacquelyn Strickland


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.

Article: Empowering Parents With Sensitive Children