Tiana Leeds, LMFT, offers counseling in downtown Santa Barbara for individuals, couples, and families. While she focuses primarily on working with young women and highly sensitive people, she welcomes clients of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.
One of my focus areas in my work is highly sensitive people (HSP). HSP is a personality trait found in approximately 20% of people characterized by a finely attuned nervous system. It is hereditary and it is neither a negative quality nor a disorder. High sensitivity creates a greater capacity for empathy, a heightened awareness of one's surroundings and environment (such as sounds, light, and scents), and a propensity for processing information on a deeper level. In short, if you are highly sensitive you likely find that you feel things more intensely than others do. Being highly sensitive does carry with it inherent challenges, especially in an increasingly overwhelming and fast-paced world. Working with an HSP-trained therapist to learn tools to cope can be a powerful step in harnessing the gifts of your sensitivity. To find out if you may be a highly sensitive person, please take Elaine Aron's self-test.
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In addition to working with highly sensitive people individually, I also offer a weekly therapy group for highly sensitive women in their 20s who would like to learn to manage and utilize their sensitivity in a more productive, easeful, and enriching way.
About the Group: The HSP group for young women is designed to give members the experience of connecting and being supported by others who share their depth, sensitivity, and empathy. This environment provides a wonderful setting for personal growth and authentic connection with others who relate to their experience. Additionally, the group aims to provide tools to help members understand and cope with their sensitivity and reframe it as the gift that it is.
When/Where/Fee/Group Size: Group sessions are 90 minutes and costs $40. The group meets in my office at 800 Garden Street at the corner of De La Guerra and is capped at 8 members. The next group will begin in Spring 2019.
How Do I Join? Joining the group is a two-part process. The first step is a short call where I explain more about the group and answer any questions. Second, we set up a 15-20 minute in-person meeting to get a sense of some of your personal goals for the group and make sure that the group continues to feel like a fit. The call and initial one-on-one meeting are both free. If you'd like to set up an initial call, please fill out the contact me form, call me at (805) 364-2973, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.