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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

May 21, 2019


Maureen talks about the emotional brain and allowing our feelings to just be feelings.  We discuss discipline for Highly Sensitive Children (HSCs), and the importance of creating connections with our kids. Maureen shares tips and tools for bringing calmness and grounding to emotionally reactive situations.



  • Maureen shares her thoughts about the term Highly Sensitive Person
  • Maureen discusses the work she does with children in her private practice and how the term HSP can sometimes be used as an excuse (in her estimation)
  • She explains her belief that everyone falls somewhere on the spectrum of sensitivity and the benefits as well as downsides to labeling
  • I share the freedom that I experienced when I was able to give my emotions a name and know that it’s a researched trait, and it’s how I’m wired; there’s nothing wrong with me.
  • Maureen discusses what is an emotionally healthy child
  • We talk about The Emotional Brain
  • Wholeness is more important than happiness
  • We discuss how parents have the opportunity to model how we manage big feelings and how we calm ourselves in order to demonstrate this for our children
  • Maureen gives the 3 steps to raising an emotionally healthy child
  • The importance of authenticity in your relationship with a Highly Sensitive Child (HSC)
  • Maureen answers questions from members of the Unapologetically Sensitive Facebook group (Amber Landsford and Kevin Thibault)
  • Maureen talks about the importance of slowing down, getting emotions out, and bringing logic and calming to challenging situations
  • The importance of giving your child a safe space to feel their feelings and for them to know that all feelings are acceptable
  • Letting kids know that they are bigger than their feelings
  • The importance of forgiveness and knowing how to forgive
  • Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) have some gifts that non-sensitives do not have, and when we are able to gain mastery over our capacity to react emotionally, we can be powerhouses
  • Surround yourself with people who really have the capacity to embrace who you are
  • The more we expand on our capacity to feel uncomfortable things, the more that space opens up for more good things like joy and happiness and bliss



Maureen Healy is the author of The Emotionally Healthy Child and also Growing Happy Kids, which won Nautilus and Readers’ Favorite book awards in 2014. A popular Psychology Today blogger and sought-after public speaker, Maureen runs a global mentoring program for elementary-aged children and works with parents and their children in her busy private practice. Her expertise in social and emotional learning has taken her all over the world, including working with Tibetan refugee children at the base of the Himalayas in Northern India to classrooms in Northern California.  Visit her online at




Patricia Young is a Life Coach in California. Patricia works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them understand their HSPness, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate all the gifts we have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPS providing coaching. We meet over a private platform (similar to Skype), and you can have coaching from the privacy of your own home—when the kids are at school or are napping; from work; in your pajamas, or when you just can’t face sitting in traffic or going out. Patricia also facilitates online specialty groups for HSPs.



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