Are You a “Highly Sensitive Person” or an Empath?

An area of special interest in our practice is working with individuals who identify as “highly sensitive.” This is a normal trait and between 15-20% of people could be considered highly sensitive. The trait may also be referred to as Sensory Processing Sensitivity.

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) experience the world somewhat differently than non-HSPs. They may be more attuned to subtleties around them, be extra observant, feel easily overwhelmed, and sometimes may be mistaken for shy.  They may feel drained when around a lot of people, noises, lights, etc. HSPs typically recharge best with a bit of solitude. It is not a mental disorder or a diagnosis.

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? You can take the free test at, a website offering the latest news and support for HSPs. Dr. Elaine Aron is a psychologist and an HSP herself, and her site offers a wealth of information. Tammy Fletcher, LMFT, has completed specialized training in this area, and is listed on Dr. Aron’s site as an HSP-Knowledgeable Therapist. Take the free test by clicking here.

Dr. Fletcher discusses the HSP trait here: