Highly sensitive support group meeting
Have you ever been told that you’re just too sensitive? Maybe you feel emotions much more deeply and for longer than others.
Some people are highly sensitive (HSP). This is a normal and genetic character trait that 20% of people have.
The sense of overwhelm that many HSPs feel can lead to depression, anxiety and physical symptoms. Knowing that you are an HSP can be a huge relief, as many people have felt that they just don’t fit in with ‘normal’ society. Learning how to support yourself as an HSP can be hugely empowering.
The HSP trait is characterised by four things:
1. Depth of processing – You think about things deeply, things like the meaning of life and your purpose. Others may tell you that you overthink situations.
2. Easily overstimulated and overwhelmed – You may be more easily stressed by noise, lights, chaotic situations, deadlines, or too many people.
3. Strength of emotions and empathy – You feel emotions deeper and for longer than most people. If something upsets you, it can stay with you for days. You have considerable empathy for others and often know intuitively what other people need before they know themselves.
4. Sensory sensitivity – You’ll notice subtle changes in the environment like the texture and colour of objects in someone's home or a perfume. You might be very sensitive to noise, smell, lighting etc.
The HSP trait has been validated by major research studies. If you think this sounds like you, take the short test on Dr Elaine Aron’s website at http://www.hsperson.com/test
Details of the meeting:
It can be very empowering to get together with other HSPs and meet people like you - your tribe.
The meeting lasts for one and a half hours. Arrive from 1.30pm to get a drink, snacks and get settled. Facilitated gently by Cindy so that you can relax as much as possible and enjoy the time together with other HSPs. There is no pressure for you to speak - you are welcome to just sit and listen. If you want to leave earlier that's ok. This is an information meeting with an opportunity to share ideas and tips on living life to the full as an HSP, run in a supportive atmosphere but not a therapy group. Please join 'Meetup' and RSVP to this event here - https://www.meetup.com/Cookham-Highly-Sensitive-People-Community/
Drinks, snacks and biscuits will be provided.
Cookham is three miles from Maidenhead, one mile from Marlow, four miles from High Wycombe, five miles from Slough.
Train: Take the train to Maidenhead which is on the main line from Paddington (30 minutes) or from Reading (15 minutes). Change at Maidenhead for the train to either Marlow or Bourne End which stops at Cookham (five minutes from Maidenhead) and walk to Elizabeth House. It's a two minute walk from Cookham station.
Elizabeth House is located next to the shops in Cookham Rise. There are a few parking bays outside the house or park in the pay bays by the shops.
Link to website - http://www.elizabethhousecookham.org/contact-us/
About Cindy Barnes
I am a counsellor and coach and can help you develop & find your HSP superpowers. I have been working with HSPs for 10 years and facilitating this support group for 3 years. I work with people all over the world to help them flourish in what is largely a non-sensitive world.