“The existentially gifted are more likely to experience a high degree of existential angst. Being aware of the finite quality of life and their potential, they constantly feel compelled to move forwards. This can manifest as strong creative urges, but also as constant restlessness, anxiety and insecurity.”
― Imi Lo, Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity: How to manage emotions as a highly sensitive person
I'm a therapist for highly sensitive people in Oakland, CA! Therapy for highly sensitive people (HSPs) should be tailored to address their specific needs and goals. HSPs are individuals who are more attuned to sensory and emotional stimuli, which can lead to a deeper processing of information and greater emotional sensitivity. Therapy for HSPs may focus on developing coping strategies and building resilience to help manage and navigate the challenges that come with being highly sensitive as well as a space to celebrate the gifts of being highly sensitive.
I integrate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for highly sensitive people, especially those who resonate with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis. DBT skills include learning how to experience stress and discomfort without acting in ways that may be harmful (substance use, destructive relationship patterns, self-harm, etc), increasing awareness of your feelings and the feelings of others, learning how to process your feelings, working on making practical changes in your life, and learning how to communicate. These types of skills are helpful for everyone -- and can be life saving for individuals who find themselves in cycles of self-harm, abusive relationships, etc.
Some common goals of therapy for HSPs may include:
Looking for a therapist for highly sensitive people in Oakland, CA? Contact me here.
Therapy for highly sensitive people in Oakland, CA
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Stephanie Bain, LMFT
***Resources are not a substitute for therapy and are not intended for making diagnoses or providing treatment. Not all practices and tools are suitable for every person. Please discuss exercises, practices, and tools with your individual therapist or health care provider.