Sensory Processing Sensitivity & Highly Sensitive Persons

“The curious paradox is when I accept myself exactly as I am, then I can change.

-Carl Rogers

grayscale photography of woman with two hands on her face
a man holds his head while sitting on a sofa
woman in white collared shirt looking at the city during night time
gray wooden bench front of calm water
  • You compare yourself to others and feel like you don't add up.

  • You believe that everyone else has it all figured out, except for you.

  • Feeling worried and full of self-doubt?

  • Burntout from your job as a helping professsional?

  • You have trouble asking for what you need, always putting other people before you.

  • You put off making decisions out of fear of making the wrong one.

  • You replay interactions over and over, getting upset over what you did or didn't say.

  • You tend to overthink, often in worst case scenario.

  • You feel guilty if you take time for yourself?

  • Are you living for others’ praise or approval, or are you unsure of your identity because you’re so accustomed to trying to be whoever you. think others want you to be?

  • You feel like if you put yourself first you will be “acting selfish” or will lose relationships? Unworthy of taking up space in the world?

  • You have trouble taking care of your own needs… or do you feel guilty when you do?

  • You struggle to set boundaries, or enforce them once they’ve been stated? or are you completely lost when it comes to the idea that you could have boundaries in the first place?

Does this sound like you...?

  • You often don't feel seen or heard by the people in your life.

  • Called "too sensitive"?

  • Easily Overwhelmed?

  • Felt eager to please others?

  • You avoid confrontation/conflict at all costs even if it means you have to be uncomfortable.

  • You wish you could just shut off your brain.

  • You feel like you get “stuck” on past mistakes, even little ones?

  • In the loop saying unkind things to yourself, about yourself?

  • Your head is full of "I should be doing this" or "I should have said that."

  • You feel selfish if you are not anticipating everyone else's needs

  • You feel paralyzed by indecision, sure that you’ll make the wrong choice?

  • You feel like a bad person if you don’t constantly think of others, anticipate their needs, or help them?

  • You feel like you have to “fix” things immediately if someone expresses negative feelings toward you, even if what they’re saying or asking doesn’t feel right with you?

  • You feel drained or resentful of other people, or taken advantage by them?

  • Are you afraid to say no to others, even when it means overcommitting yourself or doing things that don’t fit with your values or self-respect?

  • Do you struggle to rest, relax, or unwind (because you “should” be doing something else for others)?

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, we will likely be a great team!

I specialize in treating Highly Sensitive People, recovering perfectionists, and people-pleasers.

These are folks who likely identify as shy, quiet, socially-awkward, introverted, highly sensitive, and/or empathic.

If this sounds like you... I aim to support you to overcome these negative beliefs so that you can start living a life not shrouded by shame, fear, stress, anxiety, and overwhelm!

Our Work Together

Desirée specializes in working with individuals with Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS). Individuals with this normal trait may identify as Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP’s), physically, energetically-sensitive, empaths, big-hearted, intuitives, healers, different, and/or gifted. Often, those who identify as Sensitives are often targeted for exploitation by those who lack empathy or insight around collaborative and caring interpersonal dynamics.

​In addition to increasing awareness, understanding, and self-compassion about our hard-wired (and experientially learned) ways of being in the world; we also focus on learning to maintain healthy boundaries and optimum levels of interaction, practicing ways to avoid overwhelm and sensory overload, learning skills for faster recovery. We best accomplish this by tapping into our kind and compassionate energy - finding our wisest and non-judgemental self; which helps us to thrive, instead of just to survive.

We’ll shift your story so you can see your sensitivity to others as a strength and superpower, not a liability. The goal is for you to be able to live in and fully embrace the present. To be a boundaries badass who feels confident and at secure with your decisions. You’ll learn to take your perfectionism head-on, and live in the world of opportunities as opposed to only consequences.

Desirée can help with anxiety, panic, depression, trauma, recovery from toxic relationships, spiritual issues, struggles with life transitions, and issues related to s*x and intimacy. Desirée 's approach to therapy is that the intersection of self-compassion and self-awareness is the vector in which change is viable...sans judgment.

Her clinical practice focuses on adult clientele.

woman in white floral dress carrying baby during daytime

Did any of the above resonate with you?

If you'd like to better understand yourself and improve your relationships,

Learn how to be kinder to yourself and set boundaries with others,

Use Mind-Body Medicine based skills to slow down the mental chatter,

I am here to help.

Schedule a "Getting to Know You" session or Request Your Initial Appointment.

You can also email me at info@yourheartsdesiretw.com
I respond to appointment requests and emails within 48 hours.