Recommended Resources for HSPs:
This list will be added to periodically, and I also welcome hearing about good resources for HSPs you know about!
HSP Self Tests by Elaine Aron
- Julie Bjelland, LMFT (California Bay Area-Specializes in HSPs, anxiety, couples and LGBTQQ)
- Find an HSP Knowledgable therapist in your area.
Global Online HSP Course
- Online Course: HSP Brain Training (Tools to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions)
HSP Books and Websites
- Brain Training For the Highly Sensitive Person, Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions by Julie Bjelland, LMFT, HSP Psychotherapist specializing in HSPs.
Elaine Aron’s website and books: http://hsperson.com/ Aron has a lot of great information for HSPs on her site.
Ted Zeff’s website and books: http://drtedzeff.com/ He specializes in sensitive males and also has a downloadable meditation for HSPs.
Susan Cain’s book and research are fantastic for introverted HSPs: http://www.quietrev.com
HSP Global Life Coaching/Mentoring for HSP Adults and Parents of Highly Sensitive Children
- One-on-One HSP Coaching provides global phone, video, or chat/email session options with a psychotherapist that specializes in HSPs.
- I also work with parents of highly sensitive children (HSC) to offer them coping techniques and tools that have worked for other parents of HSCs.
- Consultations for professionals working with HSPs
- HSP Blog by Julie Bjelland, Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in HSPs
- HSP Introvert Blog, by April Snow, MFTI
HSP Facebook Pages
- HSP Resources and Support by Julie Bjelland, LMFT
- Psychotherapy Resources by Julie Bjelland, LMFT, who specializes in HSPs, Anxiety, Couples, LGBTQQ
- HSP-Knowledgable Professionals is a discussion panel restricted to professionals that work with HSPs.
- Highly Sensitive Therapists
- Sensitive, The Untold Story is a documentary about this trait that you can rent online. It is great to share with family and friends so they can learn more about the trait.
- I love this meditation/mindfulness app. You would be surprised how ten minutes a day can be very centering, grounding and calming, which are all things important for HSPs! The first ten are free so you can try it: https://www.headspace.com/
- Some of my HSP course participants really enjoyed yoga with Adriene, and she offers some great free yoga on YouTube. She makes the practice feel doable and fun with some of her sweet and gentle playfulness. Here's a link to enjoy: 30 Days of Yoga
Increasing Self Compassion
- Pema Chodron’s work is excellent to learn more loving kindness and self-acceptance, particularly her book Unconditional Confidence http://pemachodronfoundation.org/
- Kristin Neff specializes in self compassion: http://self-compassion.org/
- Many HSPs have challenges sleeping. I recommend trying these Mack earplugs to reduce the amount of times you wake up in the night.
- Weighted blankets affect proprioceptor input that can help our brain release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which can create a sense of calm. Many companies make them now. I happened to get mine from SensaCalm.
- I also recommend listening to sleep meditations before sleep. There are many good ones. Dr. Thompson uses deep-sleep sound waves mixed within relaxing music. I liked his Brainwave Sleep series. Here's a free sample of his Delta Sleep System.
- Do the same five things before bed every night. Try a bath with lavender oil, lighting a soothing candle, reading something non-stimulating, turning off the lights and listening to meditation. Our brain begins to recognize sleep is coming by about the 3rd step. Also, if we warm up our body with a bath before sleeping, the process of cooling the body after can initiate better sleep as well.
- I recommend a lot of Brene Brown’s work, particularly the book she narrates called “The Power of Vulnerability." You can see a free YouTube video here as well.
Neuroplasticity (Rewiring the brain)
- Online Course: HSP Brain Training: Tools to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions
- Rick Hanson is a best selling author and has some very interesting teachings incorporating neuroplasticity with a spiritual twist: http://www.rickhanson.net/
Blending Psychology and Spirituality
- Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. https://www.tarabrach.com/
- For couples and communication, I recommend The Gottman Method that I use when working with couples. It is an excellent positive-based method, and the communication training is based on over 40 years of researching couples!
- Wired for Love book How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship
- Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love by Amir Levine
Lesbian/Queer Women: Dating and Love