A little while ago, The Sensitivity Summit took place. Did you get to see it? It was an amazing experience to speak amongst a group of experts in the field of high sensitivity. I received an enthusiastic response to my talk, so I'm very excited to get to share the recording of my talk with you. The recordings are being kept private, so this is the only place to access it!
I went into this talk planning to focus on the resilience of Highly Sensitive People (which we did), but we also ended up delving quite a bit into HSPs and trauma. I also shared about my own childhood hardship and the ways it affected me as an adult.
Here's some of what we covered:
Take a look!
Let me know what you think. My wish is that not only will you gain some eye-opening insight, you'll also get a better "feel" for who I am.
Something I didn't talk about that's worth mentioning is that intense emotions and overwhelm can be a reflection of a traumatized nervous system (as opposed to just being a result of being an HSP). Additionally, having frequent feelings of shame and low self-esteem can be a result of challenging or traumatic past experiences.
It's important to clarify whether we're just having an experience of being a Highly Sensitive Person or whether we're having a trauma reaction because the way to respond to each, respectively, is very different.
If you're interested in learning more about EMDR and healing from trauma, here's a great description of the technique. Ready to try out EMDR in therapy? Go to Psychologytoday.com and search for EMDR therapists in your area.
Above all, know that healing takes time. And when we can be gracious and patient with ourselves in the process, it goes faster (a paradox!). Sending you my support as you begin or continue your journey towards health and wholeness.
Brooke Nielsen, LMFT
Brooke Nielsen, LMFT has dedicated over 10,000 hours to supporting Highly Sensitive People as a psychotherapist and global HSP consultant. She practices psychotherapy in Boulder, CO and specializes in working with sensitivity and healing of trauma (EMDR). She's also the founder of Intuitive Warrior, an online platform offering resources and support to Highly Sensitive People worldwide. An HSP herself, Brooke went years feeling overwhelmed and anxious before learning how to support her finely-tuned nervous system. She considers it a joy and an honor to get to pass that knowledge and support on to others.
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