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Therapeutic Self-Development

Professional one-on-one counselling service for the highly sensitive person

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An Approach that Suits the Needs of HSPs

Highly sensitive persons (HSPs) have very specific needs, which often cannot be satisfied through conventional psychotherapy: to be truly understood, to experience authentic connection and to develop their own individuality. Their symptoms are often the result of an inability to adapt to a cold, competitive and sterile society. Hence when they seek help, the last thing they need is a form of psychotherapy that puts the blame for these symptoms on them.

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Growth Instead of Conformity for the HSP

HSPs often find it difficult to find their place in society, be valued for their own individual characteristics, and develop their potential. It can therefore be a huge relief to discover that there is nothing wrong with them - they're just highly sensitive.

But this realization alone won't help a highly sensitive person lead a satisfying life. They still feel like aliens in this world, in which they have learned to see, feel and act like non-highly sensitive people.

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Therapeutic Self-Development

Our one-on-one counselling service helps HSPs connect with who they really are, gain self-acceptance, and lead peaceful lives of their own choosing. Our approach is rooted in the existential humanist philosophy of Gabriel Raam, adapted for psychological counselling by clinical psychologist Nazim Kilic, MSc Psych.

It is a peaceful method of self-development facilitated by authentic, dialectic dialogue, which allows conscious awareness to illuminate previously unexplored areas of our clients' lives. Instead of focusing on symptoms and problems, as psychotherapy does, our method allows clients to gain insight into their inner beings and connect with their individuality and true potential.

A man who is "ill-adjusted to the world", is on the verge of finding himself.

Hermann Hesse, Demian

Conventional psychotherapy can be a bad fit for a highly sensitive person because:

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    Psychologists and doctors are not trained in the specific needs of highly sensitive people.

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    Psychotherapy focuses on treating mental illnesses, but high sensitivity is not a mental illness.

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    Psychotherapists are not necessarily highly sensitive themselves, which makes it difficult for them to establish a deep connection with their clients.

Our counselling service might be a better fit for you if:

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    You have discovered that you are highly sensitive and need help with your emotional well-being.

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    You want to work with counsellors who are subject to continuous supervision and are highly qualified for professional work with HSPs.

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    You wish to understand yourself and the world truly, precisely, and clearly.

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    You wish to develop your individuality instead of becoming “normal.”

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    You wish to treat crises as an opportunity to grow and gain understanding, instead of trying to “fix” yourself.

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    You are interested in developing and realizing your potential, as a sensitive person.

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    You have had negative experiences with psychotherapy. You found it obscure; your therapists lacked understanding or human warmth, or even blamed or stigmatized you for your nature.

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    You want to establish an authentic, human connection with your counsellor.

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    You wish to work with counsellors who are both highly sensitive themselves and professionally trained.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this psychotherapy?

Therapeutic self-development is not a form of psychotherapy. A patient can only begin psychotherapy once a mental illness has been diagnosed. That places the illness factor — i.e. "what is wrong" — front and centre. The therapist often tries to help the patient become mentally healthy — that is, "normal."

Therapeutic self-development, by contrast, focuses on the person’s individual potential for self-development. Mental and emotional pain is therefore not seen as a problem, but as a challenge or an opportunity to realize one's own potential and rise above the problem. The person is not relegated to the status of an invalid and his or her development is not seen as a matter of conforming to the status quo.

What is therapeutic self-development based on?

Therapeutic self-development, which is how we call our counselling service, is a unique therapeutic method developed for work with highly sensitive people in both psychological counselling and coaching.

It provides highly sensitive people with tools that help them more clearly recognise and communicate issues related to emotions, thoughts, work, social connections and their own needs, allowing them to have more satisfactory experiences.

In order to harness global benefits from this work, the sessions don’t just focus on your sensitivity, but tackle any important element of your life that you wish to address, such as the meaning of your social relationships, love, physical health, and career.

Who will I be working with?

Our counselling service is facilitated by HSP counsellors, using the Zensitively method. The counsellors, who are psychologists, doctors and coaches, complete at least three years of in-depth training at our institute, specialising in high sensitivity, consciousness studies, and emotions. This well-grounded training in high sensitivity work was developed at our institute, which is the only place to offer this course. An appropriate HSP counsellor is allocated to each client, on the basis of availability, location and individual need.

Where do the sessions take place?

The sessions take place worldwide, via encrypted video link. You may be concerned that a real connection cannot be established using video or audio alone (especially if you are not technology savvy) — don’t be. Most of our clients have this fear, but they quickly realize that this method not only works perfectly well but is actually quite convenient.

How much does therapeutic self-development cost?

We offer two (three, if necessary) preliminary sessions free of charge, with no commitment necessary, so you can assess whether you and your HSP counsellor have good chemistry.

Since high sensitivity is not an illness, we don't work with any health insurance companies. You will need to cover the cost of the counseling service (with the exception of the first two trial sessions) yourself:

Every-two-weeks sessions cost £220 per month

Once-weekly sessions cost £440 per month

Twice-a-week sessions cost £880 per month

What happens in the initial sessions?

The initial sessions are designed for getting to know each other. Here’s how that works:

  1. Application form
    Fill out the application form, with the help of the video below. You can choose whether to contact us by video, audio or text.
  2. Initial session (30 minutes)
    We will contact you by email to arrange a free initial session (of around 30 minutes), to find out whether you and your counsellor have the right chemistry. To be able to work with each other successfully over the longer term, you both need to feel comfortable around each other.
  3. 1–2 further initial sessions (of around 50 minutes)
    This is followed by 1-2 further initial sessions, primarily designed to construct a detailed case history of your situation and understand your needs, wishes and goals. We need to establish a clear sense of your goals before we can begin to work together.
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    Sessions usually take place once a week for 50 minutes. Each session incorporates in-depth empathy-based, experience-focused emotional work, designed to give you the best possible support on your personal journey. You can terminate the sessions at any time, effective from the end of the current month.

Application Form

Please use this video-based application form to apply for our HSP counselling service: