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5 Types of Overwhelm You May Experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person” or “HSP” it refers to about 20% of the population which possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity. Learn more here

Whether you have recently discovered you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), or you have known it for years, chances are that managing overwhelming situations is a key component of your wellness and–let’s face it–your survival as a sensitive person.

You get overwhelmed and overstimulated more easily than others.  It’s just a fact about your nervous system.  Planning for, setting boundaries around, or responding to overwhelming situations may be a focal part of your life.  If you are a sensation-seeking HSP, life is often about balancing your desire for exciting or novel experiences, but not letting them completely wreck your delicate nerves. Continue reading “5 Types of Overwhelm You May Experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”

Have A Better Winter: Therapy Group for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

Are you ready to dive deep?

HSP Therapy Group

How do you handle winter?

Winter can be especially hard for highly sensitive people (HSPs).  It’s colder, darker, and the holidays and associated travel can add stress, no matter how well you get along with your family. Continue reading “Have A Better Winter: Therapy Group for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)”

Finding and Refining Your Values: Taking Recovery to the Next Level

This is a guest post by Olivia Knieff, sharing her real-life experience navigating recovery from an eating disorder.


Do you know what in life is important to you?  The things that initially come to mind probably include family and friends, pets (or in my case, furbabies), maybe even a prized possession or social cause.  But why are those things important?  Are they meeting a need that lines up with your values?  Maybe you value justice, and volunteer with a group that promotes equality in your community.  Perhaps taking risks is important to you, so you continually push the bounds of your comfort zone.  Our values serve us by acting as a compass for our behavior. It is important to know what our core values are in order live the lives we want. Continue reading “Finding and Refining Your Values: Taking Recovery to the Next Level”

9 Tips To Pack Like A Minimalist

Downsize. Pack. Repeat.

As you may know from previous posts, I’m in the process of moving.  There is nothing like moving to make me feel like a minimalist fraud.  When I consider the amount of time, resources, and energy needed to get my belongings from Point A to Point B, it’s enough to make me want to give everything away and live out of my backpack.

Then I have to remind myself: minimalism is not (necessarily) measured by the number of things I own, it is both a process and a mindset.  Additionally, minimalism looks different for everyone.  There is no ‘right way’ to do it. Continue reading “9 Tips To Pack Like A Minimalist”

Why Quiet Moon?

Introducing my new practice name and logo.

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You may have noticed some changes in this corner of the web as I’ve started to update my website with my new practice name (Quiet Moon Counseling) and getting my new logo onto the site.  I’m grateful to have worked with graphic artist Jordan Gray, who seemed to pluck my vision right out of my head and create a simple logo which captures the nurturing and grounding presence I hope that my clients experience when working with me.

Continue reading “Why Quiet Moon?”

7 Tips To Survive Moving As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

Moving doesn’t have to be a four letter word.

If you were to take a look around me at this very moment, you would see two crates of books, a pile of flattened cardboard boxes, a half-filled tote of towels and exercise gear, three empty suitcases, random toiletries strewn across the floor, and two paper bags of clothes patiently waiting to go to the thrift store.

In case you couldn’t deduce the obvious, I’m in the process of moving. Continue reading “7 Tips To Survive Moving As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”

So You Have an Eating Disorder, Now What? A Practical Guide to Finding an ED-Savvy Dietician

This is a guest post by Olivia Knieff, sharing her real-life experience navigating recovery from an eating disorder.  

When I was diagnosed with an eating disorder in the spring of 2014, my medical practitioner gave me two recommendations:

  1. Find a psychologist who specializes in eating disorder treatment.
  2. Find a dietician who specializes in intuitive eating.  (If you’re thinking, “intuitive what?!” you can find more information here).  

My head was spinning, but I kept these suggestions in mind and began my search with the help of my dear friend, Google.

Starting the Search

Finding a psychologist whose areas of expertise fit my needs was relatively easy because of reputable sites like Psychology Today.  However, I quickly got lost in a sea of self-proclaimed “health coaches” and “wellness experts” when I searched for a dietician. From the work I’d already begun doing with my psychologist, I was learning that “diet mentality” (those big promises of a better life with just a few less pounds and inches) was something I needed to avoid in order to progress in recovery. Continue reading “So You Have an Eating Disorder, Now What? A Practical Guide to Finding an ED-Savvy Dietician”