Sensitive people

Reading Emma Cammeron’s blog I was fascinated to discover a section about Highly Sensitive People. (HSP’s) 

“I have noticed that many of the young people whom I work with tell me of their sensitivities and how school can be overwhelming, or the noises that their younger brother make are unbearable, these people also tell me about other sensitivities such as tummy aches when they have to go to school and skin rashes from certain laundry detergent.  These same people find it very hard to manage when a friend is perceived as disloyal and seem to suffer from environmental stress and are affected by other people’s words and moods.” I am finding in my practice that expressive art therapy is a valuable way to gain understanding into our sensitivities and provides a way to understand our triggers and to gain personal strategies and ways of keeping ourselves safe.

Sometimes if you talk about something you can feel quite detached from it. And emotional detachment does not lead to much real change. Using images in therapy can help you to get a deeper, more ‘felt’ and emotionally connected quality. This can help you to move on so that you can really allow change to happen.

Do you think that you might be a Highly Sensitive Person?

Here is a link to a free test to see if it fits with you.

By Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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