Growing up, I felt like a weird kid. I often felt like I didn’t fit in, I felt like my feelings were too big, I felt like I was too quiet, I had extreme reactions to certain sensory input. And up until several years ago, I had no idea why.
That’s when I discovered that I’m a highly sensitive person, also known as an HSP. HSPs often feel as though they don't fit in with others, may have sensory issues with things such as bright lights or certain fabrics, and can be very caring and empathetic-- sometimes at their own expense.
I started googling and researching everything I could find about the trait of high sensitivity, joined Facebook groups for support, and shared the information with my family. I finally felt validated, and I no longer felt alone.
Throughout my experience as a therapist, as well as through my own personal growth-- I have done a lot of work personally when it comes to acknowledging my needs, setting boundaries, and feeling okay about putting my needs first so I can be the best version of myself-- I’ve realized that HSPs are the people I’m most passionate about working with. I’m excited about my coaching programs and getting to work with people who are ready to set boundaries and really start to care for themselves.
I live in New Hampshire with my husband, our daughter, our two cats, and chickens. I love theatre and dance (both performing and spectating), making crafts, and making music.
The framework that I use in my coaching programs was created from my boundary setting work with therapy clients, coaching clients, and my own personal boundary setting work. During our meetings we will discuss barriers to setting boundaries, identifying and acknowledging your needs, coping with feelings of anxiety and guilt (and other uncomfortable feelings), and how to actually start setting boundaries. Throughout our time together, we will also identify and work on any unhelpful thought patterns that are keeping you stuck in people-pleasing mode.
The time that your coaching process will take depends on the complexity of your goals and your commitment and openness to your process. You can re-enroll in any of my programs if you feel that more time and support is needed.
I used to be a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) in the state of New Hampshire (I'm no longer practicing therapy), and I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am also a highly sensitive person, which can be helpful when working with other HSPs! I was listed as an HSP-knowledgeable therapist on http://hsperson.com. I also completed the Highly Sensitive Person Certification Training Program through the Nickerson Institute of Integrative Health Training.
If you're an HSP who struggles with setting boundaries, join me for this free challenge! The only way to get better at setting boundaries is to do the work, so let's do the work! The challenge starts on December 11th and will take place right in your email inbox.