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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.

Nov 28, 2019


After learning she was an HSP from her therapist, Ranielle talks about what she got from the Online HSP group that she couldn’t get from therapy






Ranielle’s therapist introduced her the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person, but it wasn’t until Ranielle took the Online HSP Course that she began to actively practice embracing the traits of being an HSP. Ranielle shares what she was able to get from the Course that she couldn’t get in therapy (yet it was very compatible with therapy).  Even though her group was late in the evening, Ranielle talks about feeling restored every week because of what she received during group. Ranielle talks about her hesitation to spend money on the Course, and that it felt scary to join when she didn’t know anyone else in the group, and how it was going to be. Ranielle’s group is continuing to meet weekly online on their own.




  • Ranielle wanted support in making a major life transition
  • The HSP Online Course helped Ranielle bridge the gap from making the decision through executing it
  • Ranielle was able to talk out things that were going on in her head
  • She had things reflected back to her
  • She realized she wasn’t being difficult or crazy; it was part of an HSP process
  • The information about her trait and the support from the group helped Ranielle feel confident in her decision
  • Group members would see their traits show up in others, and they had so much compassion for the other person, which lead to self-compassion
  • It felt nice to not feel alone due to feeling isolated since it felt like no one understood
  • It was really validating to experience others who experienced similar things
  • It eased the sense of being alone, and it felt great to find a group of others that have similar values
  • Ranielle received negative messaging about her HSP traits and it was presented as a way that it was HER problem that needed fixing, and she didn’t know how to fix it
  • Ranielle realized there was nothing to be fixed. She needed to be understood and known and she needed self-compassion
  • Ranielle says she had felt broken in the past, and realized that wasn’t the case
  • Ranielle learned how to nurture herself instead of beating herself down
  • Ranielle’s therapist told her about being a Highly Sensitive Person
  • Ranielle talks about being in therapy while taking the Online HSP Course
  • Having a larger group of HSPs sharing their experiences created a different kind of mirroring and reflection
  • Hearing about how other HSPs navigated through life provided something that Ranielle didn’t get in therapy
  • Therapy and the Online HSP Course was very complimentary
  • Being in a group of other HSPs who had no investment in making Ranielle feel better was validating. She heard what her therapist had said, but to hear it from others was very impactful
  • There was a level of connected support in this group
  • There wasn’t a common denominator (job, socioeconomic status, level of education, gender) to explain why the groups were so cohesive
  • Ranielle felt more confident setting boundaries, asking for what she needs, and being more open and honest about her feelings, and being more willing to talk about challenges in relationships
  • The Course opened up a new language for her
  • Ranielle had resistance to spending money on the Course
  • Being in a group of other HSPs created energy for Ranielle because this was a place where she felt restored
  • Ranielle felt listened to, supported in the group—it’s a new level of self-care that’s worth trying
  • If you’re on the fence about it, I’d encourage others to take the leap of faith and take it
  • There is a money-back guarantee if you take the Course (please see specifics about this)
  • Ranielle talks about how scary it was to join without knowing who would be in the group, or how it would go
  • Just being in a group of other HSPs is enough to build a base to create an amazing experience
  • After the first group, that feeling of fear about the structure and the unknown disappeared
  • The group members seemed to be in tune with turn-taking and staying on track so no one felt talked over or that they didn’t get a chance to share
  • The greatest thing about the Course was how much everyone was encouraged to take care of themselves (to miss a class, to not share, to eat, to turn off video, to observe—for the introverts)
  • Introverts may need more time to process, and there was no pressure for anyone to share if they didn’t want to
  • This Course is about figuring out what works for you, and to honor it
  • You just have to show up as you, and not as someone else
  • When we take a chance, things often work out much better than we anticipate
  • Ranielle feels like a more enlightened HSP and feels ready to go out into the world



Ranielle is a Pacific Northwest native, dedicated cat and dog guardian, and is becoming a more enlightened & empowered HSP. She and her dog, Calamity Jane, have been a Pet Partners therapy team since 2015, and participate in read-to-dog programs as well as high school, college, and workplace stress release clinics. After 20 years in the entertainment industry, Ranielle is whole-heartedly pursuing her passion for dogs by working in a doggy daycare with an eye to becoming a dog trainer and small business owner.



Patricia Young hosts the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive, and works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).




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