Welcome to the HSP Brain Training Course Syllabus! 

I hope you are giving yourself lots of praise right now for being motivated to make some changes in your life and learn how to live your best as an HSP. I am always so excited to see HSPs start with this kind of step because I know what awaits you on the other side-a happier, more balanced, and centered life that will be a stronger foundation to build the type of life experience you really want. 

Course Prep Needed

Purchase Your Journals

You will need to purchase 2 journal workbooks for this course.  For the journals, you have a couple options:

1. You can purchase the 2 journals I have created specifically for this 8-week program that include the journal prompts each week. One is the Positives Journal and one is the Challenges and Growth Journal.  You will need both.  

The journals that you created Julie are wonderful. I don’t know about others, but it’s always a bit intimidating to stare at a blank page. I remember being in school having to write a paper and I just could not get started! The journals have everything laid out so it’s less intimidating and easier to start right because everything I need is right there. I found them very helpful and I hope other students use them in the future.
— Liz, Delaware


2. Or you can use your own journals. If you purchase your own, buy two journals that you will be writing your work in weekly. One journal should either be very beautiful or have special meaning to you, so, when you look at it, you will feel good. This is your “Positive Journal.” The other journal will be your “Challenges and Growth journal." It is important that you have two different journals.

Decide what format to read the material

In addition to the journals you have two options for receiving the material of the 8-week program.

1. If you prefer to have a hardcopy book in your hand with the 8-week program you can get my book to go along with this course: http://www.juliebjelland.com/hsp-books

2. Or if you don't mind reading the material online through my website you will be receiving links and passwords that are included with the course to each week's material. 


Take the Self-Test

If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to take Elaine Aron's self-test to find out what number you score on the HSP scale. There's a link to it on my HSP Resources page. You may also be interested in checking out the different resources on that page as a supplement to your coursework and/or while waiting for the course to begin.

set goals and Plan to Live Your Best Life

HSPs are born with many gifts, but we often cannot use those gifts when we are caught in our emotional and sensory overload. My goal for this course is to help you reach your gifts and to develop specific methods of bypassing and getting out of your emotional and sensory overwhelm.

If you are committed to doing this work right now, you will experience transformation and a path toward blossoming into reaching whatever goals you have for yourself.  

Your success with this course will depend on how much effort you put into practicing the methods I am offering. If you skip weeks, don’t read the materials, and/or don’t practice the methods, then you won’t get the results you are looking for.

I am always very open and honest with my clients and my students. If you put in the effort now, you will experience the benefits for your entire life. I also believe that sometimes we just aren’t ready for the type of commitment necessary to change, and if that’s the case for you, then you won’t receive the same benefits. You need to be ready and willing to put in the work to get the payback you will need to reach your goals.

If you feel ready to make a change and ready to put in the effort, then congratulations on the first step toward living your best as an HSP! I applaud you for this first step toward building a life that you deserve.  

Along with my interest in neuroscience and studying the HSP brain, I’ve been working directly with HSPs for years in my practice as an HSP psychotherapist and also in global HSP Coaching.  Early on, I noticed that having this deep understanding of the HSP brain helped me navigate my work with my HSP clients. I watched one HSP client after another get better. This is exactly what has inspired me to write down my methods—I want more people to benefit.  

As an HSP myself, I had to personally navigate the sensory and emotional overload and began to use specific methods of training my HSP brain in order to move out of what I call our emotional storms and into a more cognitive, rational state when necessary.

All of my work and research of HSPs over the years has led me to know that we can train our brains and live more balanced, centered, and happy. If we know it works, then we owe this to ourselves to live our best. 

for best results

I recommend you pick the same day and time of the week to commit to doing this coursework. You will be receiving weekly course links and passwords on Mondays at noon (California, USA, Pacific Time). Try to read the course materials on Mondays or Tuesdays, and start posting early in the week, if possible, so you have time the rest of the week to respond to other participants comments and discussions. Put it in your calendar as a reminder and prioritize doing the work. You deserve this, and everyone around you will benefit from you learning these tools. You will be a happier, healthier version of yourself, and you deserve that. 

Moving through the weeks at the same time as other students will give you the best benefits so that you can discuss your work together through our online discussions. This has a way of solidifying your progress. If you get behind you will lose out on important discussions in the course. If you get too behind, then I recommend repeating the course when you are ready and able to commit to the work.

To gain the benefits you are seeking, expect to practice the tools you learn daily.

To achieve your goals in this course, every week you need to read the materials, practice the methods, journal, and come share in our HSP group with other HSP course participants.  We are all in this together to help support each other to live our best as HSPs! 

Mark your calendars and set reminders. Get ready to live your new, improved life as an HSP!

In the meantime, buy your journals, and get yourself ready to live a new you.

Send me the email you use to log onto facebook

Lastly, please tell me the email that you use specifically to log into Facebook so I can invite you into our course discussion area.  I need the same email you log into Facebook, or it won't let me add you.  If you have trouble getting into the group, you can temporarily "friend" me on Facebook, and I will be able to get you in that way.  

Welcome! I'm excited to join you on your journey toward living your best life and thriving as an HSP!

All the best,


The Instructor

       Julie Bjelland, LMFT 

       Julie Bjelland, LMFT 


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Limbic System training

Week 3: Self Care Medicine

Week 4: Compassionate Exploration

Week 5: Identifying Emotional Triggers

Week 6: Identifying Sensory Triggers

Week 7: Accessing Your Positives

Week 8: Living Authentically


Resource LINKS

-HSP Resources Page

-HSP Books