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Julie Bjelland is a licensed psychotherapist and author of several books, including, “Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions.” In addition to her private practice, Julie also developed and teaches innovative online global brain-training courses for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), is a consultant and supervisor to other therapists, teaches workshops, coaches HSPs globally, and consults parents regarding their highly sensitive children.  Her passion is helping people live their best lives and thrive. Julie specializes in working with anxiety and Sensory Processing Sensitivity (also known as the Highly Sensitive Person), couples communication, self-esteem, and the LGBTQQ community.  Julie is an HSP herself and mother of two highly sensitive children. 

In this episode:

  • About 50% of people in therapy are HSPs (or sensory processing sensitivity)
  • Highly Sensitive Person-about 20% of populations
  • Greater sensitivity and responsiveness to the environment and social stimuli
  • Elaine Aron’s-DOES (episode 9)
  • Not the same as introversion
  • Trait in over 100 different species
  • Signs your child might be HSP-texture of clothing, feeling overwhelmed in crowds, more meltdowns,
  • Julie shares differences in the physical category, emotional, social
  • How parents can support HSP children
  • HSPs want to “get it right the first time”-learn to accept this is real and being more self-compassion with self
  • Role modeling self-care as an adult HSP-quiet time together
  • Using your creative powers to manage self-care
  • Research showing HSP children supported by parents having less depression and anxiety
  • Top 5 Ways to Support your HSP-ness per Elaine AronPh.D.D work
  • Being in nature is “medicine for the HSPs” -Julie
  • Need 2 to 3 hours per day of quiet time
  • Recommend a day off per week
  • Sleep schedules and amount of sleep
  • Sleep impacts-mood, focusing, memory, physically, immune systems
  • Do same 5 things each night prior to bed helps your brain and system relax
  • HSPs do better with a slower morning routine
  • Taking mini-breaks throughout the day-mindfulness breaks
  • Practicing mindfulness-increases self-awareness (what do you say to yourself and how often do you judge yourself) and developing self-love
  • Are you using a perfectionistic stick to measure your life?
  • Julie shares her journey of taking off her mask and being more of herself
  • Rick Hansen’s visual he shared with Julie when dealing with an aggressive person

Nicole Burgess is a licensed psychotherapist, HSP, and empowerment mentor for women. If you are ready to embrace your sensitivities and live life on purpose then schedule your FREE discovery call today!