Resources for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and the Highly Sensitive Child (HSC)

Mary Kay Parkinson and Elaine Aron "linking" at a workshop Elaine presented in San Francisco on working with highly sensitive people. Our greatest resource is each other!

Mary Kay Parkinson and Elaine Aron "linking" at a workshop Elaine presented in San Francisco on working with highly sensitive people. Our greatest resource is each other!

Founding Mother: Elaine Aron did the original research to coin the term Highly Sensitive Person and to establish high sensitivity as a positive and accurate name for a trait that runs across various species and previously was labeled less accurately and more negatively. Her website,, and writings are a wealth of excellent information. She also produces a free quarterly e-newsletter called ComfortZone.

Here's a 3 minute video of Elaine talking about HSP's:

Here's a full lecture about HSP that Elaine gave in New Zealand:

And here is the first documentary movie about our trait: Sensitive: The Untold Story ($4.99 to rent and $9.99 to purchase):


Connecting With Other HSP's

HSP's of Maryland and Virginia

The focus of this meet-up group is on those learning about the HSP trait and exploring this newly discovered (to the person) trait.  Not sure if you are an HSP, have questions about the HSP trait, or presently hating your sensitivity and wanting to get rid of it (or ambiguous and confused about the trait)?  This meet-up group is for you.  A place to gain a deeper understanding of the HSP trait.  A great place to start if the HSP trait is all new for you, or if you are deeply conflicted about having the trait.  Join here.

Sensitive One DC: This meet-up group is for Sensitive Leaders in the DC metropolitan area: those of you who are trying to lead your lives with sensitivity and engage your sensitivity in a strong and empowered way.  We want to form a local community, so you can connect with other HSPs doing the same.  This group is by invitation only.  Find more information here.  If you are interested in this group, first join the open group listed above!

Sensitive One: Interested in forming a community with sensitive leaders and don't live in the DC Metro area, see if there is a Sensitive One near you (or start a new group): Check here.

Discussion group for HSP's (online): A free, independently-run email discussion list for HSPs can be found at Yahoo groups. The purpose of the email list is to explore who we are as HSPs and to support each other. To subscribe, go to

Group Gatherings for HSP's:  Jacquelyn Strickland organizes HSP gathering retreats. She also has done some great work with identifying HSP subcultures and describing Empowered HSPs. 

Details of the 2017 HSP Gathering Retreats:

the 33rd in Santa Barbara, California June 1-5, 2017

and the 34th in the Netherlands, August 17-21, 2017

Here's the link for retreats.

Facebook Groups for HSP's: (these are open Facebook groups that you can request to join)

Magazine for HSP's: Tribe, a magazine and e-zine for HSP's, plus an online forum to help build our "tribe".  One of the Tribe's goals is to showcase our creativity, so contributions and comments are welcome. There are two beautiful printed issues you can purchase and an online forum you can sign up for that's free, to connect with other HSP's. No new issues have come out as the creator is recovering from some health issues. Go look:

Information About HSP's on the Web

Dr. Ted Zeff's new video: Highly Sensitive Men and Boys,

Dr Ted Zeff focuses on researching, writing and working with highly sensitive men. He also offers a free quarterly e-newsletter.

Janine Ramsey has created Sensitivity Styles to help create understanding in the work place and in educational settings about the power of our differences. "The sensitivitystyle™ model gives people an understanding of the four different sensitivity styles, along with skills and tools for living and working with other styles more respectfully and successfully. There are two HSP styles and two non-HSP styles."  You can learn more here.


The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook, by Elaine Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, by Elaine Aron

The Undervalued Self, by Elaine Aron

Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron

This is Where I Stand: The Power and the Gift of Being Highly Sensitive, by Rue Hass

EFT for the Highly Sensitive Temperament, by Rue Hass

Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person, by Barrie Jaeger

Thrive: The Highly Sensitive Person and Career, by Tracy M. Cooper

Thrill: The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person, by Tracy Cooper

The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide, by Ted Zeff

Highly Sensitive Person's Companion: Daily Exercises for Calming Your Senses in an Overstimulating World, by Ted Zeff

The Strong Sensitive Boy, by Ted Zeff

Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy, by Ted Zeff

The Power Of Sensitivity: Success Stories of HSPs Thriving in a Non-sensitive World, by Ted Zeff

The Language of Emotions, by Karla McLaren

Parents of Highly Sensitive Children

Discussion Group (online): A free, independently-run email discussion group for parents of Highly Sensitive Children (HSC) can be found at Yahoo groups. The purpose of this group is to explore what it is to be a sensitive parent of an HSC and to support one another as parents. To subscribe, go to

The Highly Sensitive Child, by Elaine Aron
The Temperament Perspective, by Jan Kristal

Washington DC Area Professionals who work well with HSP's

Beth Burkhardt (301) 369-1526

Zahra Yousefi (202) 452-1888
Uses non-direct force technique, a very sensitive and effective form of chiropractic for HSP's

Essential Oils:
Young Living essential oils is my top pick for therapeutic grade essential oils and high quality health products that incorporate essential oils. My member number is 173551. 

Rob Sherrod (301) 613-4420

Harold Goodman (301) 565-2494

Physical Therapy:
Julie Reybold (301) 497-6158
Amazing subtle and effective techniques.