HSP Counseling in Times of Crisis
Many highly sensitive persons suffer from personal problems and crises. But what is actually helpful for them? Why are some approaches more fit for HSPs than others?
Psychological Crises & Personal Problems
Personal problems and psychological crises seem like obvious use cases for HSP counseling. Faced with such problems, however, HSPs often turn to self-help books or psychotherapy. But both these approaches frequently prove unsatisfactory because the problems that affect HSPs do not originate with the sufferers themselves—rather, they are symptoms of their incompatibility with a cold and sterile society.
These symptoms often cause highly sensitive people to battle against their own natures, in the mistaken belief that there is something wrong with them. One of the best ways to approach this issue is through awareness-based work. Heightened awareness allows HSPs to recognize the patterns that cause them to fight their own natures as those patterns are playing out, which allows them to end the repeating pattern.
This is exactly how an awareness-based HSP counseling approach deals with personal problems and psychological crises.
Developing Essential Tools and Resources
Life as a highly sensitive person is markedly easier and more fulfilling when we have access to such tools and resources as an emotional immune system, radical self-acceptance, and clarity as to what is happening to us right. These tools and resources need to be developed; they do not simply occur naturally in humans. We have the potential to develop such tools, but they do not simply develop within us on their own. As a result, they are not studied by psychologists (since psychology is the study of human experience and naturally occurring human behavior) or by psychotherapists (since psychotherapy focuses on deviations from naturally occurring behaviors).
The one field that does deal with human possibility is the study of self-development. Since high sensitivity is not an illness, it is not something a person can recover from in order to “return to normal.” For sensitive people to overcome their problems requires self-development. This was the crucial insight that led us to develop an HSP counseling approach that we call therapeutic self-development.
The Importance of Quality in HSP Counseling
There are dangers in adopting the wrong counseling approach when working with a highly sensitive person.
Counseling practices often fail to incorporate formal training or foster depth of understanding. The terms "counselor," "life coach," and even "HSP coach" are not protected. Anyone can adopt the moniker counselor, life coach, or HSP coach.
As a result, counseling is often of poor quality. Counselors can be overly reliant on the intuition and empathy they have already developed, rather than taking a more balanced approach that incorporates those skills but also utilizes professional distance, neutrality, and expertise.
All our counselors must complete an extensive three-year training program at our institute, a training course that requires profound self-reflection, provides knowledge through high-quality seminars and workshops, and incorporates ongoing supervision. Even after completing the program, they receive continued supervision of their counseling sessions, which ensures high-quality service.
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