Helping Highly Sensitive People receive healing from the past, manage anxiety, and connect with others
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The world is loud and overwhelming – but there are ways to manage it so that you can feel safe at work, connect with others, and find a sense of inner peace.
There are roughly 1.4 billion people in the world who are considered to be Highly Sensitve People (HSPs). -Dr. Elaine Aron, pioneer of the study of HSPs
So you know you’re not alone. Yet so many HPS feel that way. You feel misunderstood. Left-out. You live life as a recluse. Or sometimes you push yourself to get greater sensations because you are bored and understimulated where you are.
But do you know the positive traits that come with being an HSP as well?
What are Highly Sensitive People?
Dr. Elaine Aron lists four characteristics of Highly Sensitive People
- Depth of Processing
- Over Stimulation
- Emotional Responsiveness & Empathy
- Sensitive to Subtleties
We perceive things in a greater sense. We know when things are out of place or not just right – but we can’t always pinpoint why. We feel things deeper than our peers do – generally, we’re the first to cry with someone.
Highly Sensitive People: Quieting the Noise
The Benefits of Being a Highly Sensitive Person
Being a highly sensitive person is not all negative. We are fabulous at helping professions because we have the ability to sense things from many different viewpoints. We’re often the first to admit that we are wrong. And we can often be quite compassionate to others because we can experience their pain like our own.
The Challenges of Being a Highly Sensitive Person
Highly sensitive people are often misunderstood. We’re labeled as bipolar, depressed, or anxious. People think we are all on the Autism spectrum. Or well-meaning (but un-knowledgeable – I know that’s not the best word, but I shuddered at using the term “ignorant”) therapists give us diagnoses of personality disorders. The problem is that none of these things stick, because – while we share some characteristics – it doesn’t address the core of who we are.
We do get overwhelmed easily. We internalize criticism. We get lost in our own heads. But it all has a reason.
How do we treat Highly Sensitive People at Covenant?
Counseling for Highly Sensitive People is a slow but deliberate process. We work with you to let you learn to understand and love yourself again. We want you to appreciate your uniqueness as a person and celebrate it. With that self-compassion in place, we will work on managing anxiety that in inherent to who you are. And we will work to help your family understand you – and you to understand how you fit in with them.
Online therapy is a fantastic venue for this because you don’t have the overwhelming sense of having to leave your comfort zone. You can sit at your computer or phone and talk to someone who understands you.
If you’re nervous about the platform – give our online counseling a try to today by scheduling a 15-minute consultation for free.
Oh, and if it makes you feel better – there’s no pressure with the call. If it works for you, we’ll schedule an intake session at your convenience. If it doesn’t, just say so. We’re not going to pressure you into something that you don’t want to do. We’ll even refer you to someone that might be a better fit if you would like.
Matthew E. Morgan, MA, LPCC
Owner / TherapistMatthew is the owner and founder of Covenant Family Wellness. He’s a counselor, a licensed minister, and a coffee connoisseur – and has spent his life working to help families come together, whether through education, ministry, or therapy.
Help for Highly Sensitive People
All my life, I felt “different.” I saw things in different ways. I felt things deeper than others. And everything I tried to do to cope with it never seemed to be quite sufficient.
I threw labels at myself: Bipolar, Anxious, and even Autism Spectrum, but nothing worked – it never quite fit. Until I stumbled on Dr. Aron’s work on highly sensitive people. That was the first time like I had honestly found my “tribe” … so I threw myself into her work.
As a therapist, I had always felt a call to working with “attachment disorders” – trying to help individuals form healthy bonds. But once I began understanding HSPs, I wanted to go even deeper.
And in some of us, we have a response like a first-responder. When we get through troublesome times, something in us clicks and says, “Go back in there, get someone else, and pull them out.”
So Covenant began going that direction – a surrogate “family” who can help HSPs understand their gift – and it’s down side – and manage it well.
Getting Started is Easy
Free 15 Min Consult
We know online therapy can be a big step and we want you to have the chance to try it first. Schedule a 15-consultation to try the platform and meet your clinician. And this is no pressure – if the fit’s not right, you don’t have to continue.
If everything goes well, book your initial appointment. We’ll send you a link to your portal online and you can fill out all your documents online (remember trying to balance the clipboard when you go to your first doctor’s appointment)
You’ll click your link and be connected to the therapist when you both are ready. Your therapist will work to understand you and then develop goals that you can both work towards.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Teletherapy
What happens if either internet connection goes down?
That happens – and power lines go down at an office – but we will set a backup. We can reconnect by cell phones – either audio or video or we’ll reschedule if needed.
Do you take my insurance?
At this time, we are out-of-network for insurance. Between high-deductible plans, closed insurance panels, the lack of teletherapy support, and mostly some major concerns over personal privacy, we found it more beneficial to let clients control their own billing. We will provide a “Superbill” (a specialized receipt you can submit to your insurance) via email to be reimbursed for out-of-network expenses.
What if there’s a emergency?
We’re based in Columbus, so we know most of the emergency services in this area. If you’re out of the region, we’ll make sure that get the names of emergency services and an emergency contact for you. If you are at the point of needing help, we’ll make sure that we can get it for you.
What Equipment / Speed do I need?
We use a professional microphone set up with headphones for privacy and have a pretty decent sized internet connection. You only need a camera, a microphone, and a connection 10mbs or better (most internet providers are at least this). If you wonder if your setup is enough, sign up for the free