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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.

Jul 4, 2023

Neurodivergent Considerations when Nurturing Authentic Relationships

Are you struggling with self-monitoring and communication? We dive into some of the challenges faced by neurodivergent folks. Discover the power of authenticity and direct communication for neurodivergents. Explore practical strategies to navigate challenges, set boundaries and forge meaningful relationships.  Learn practical tools for practicing self-care, and deeper connections. Embrace vulnerability and create genuine connections.


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC


  • Embrace authenticity to be present with resistance, anxiety, and finding your voice.
  • Recognize the vital role of consent, autonomy, and communication within relationships.
  • Understand patterns of communication when one is neurodivergent as it relates to communication, unmasking and self-monitoring.
  • Forge deeper connections through vulnerability and genuine self-expression.
  • Establish healthy boundaries and practice self-care in relationships for lasting, positive connections.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Practice being authentic and showing up even when feeling resistant.
  • Give yourself permission to lower the bar and be good enough.
  • Stay open and curious about your feelings and experiences, without attaching meaning or creating stories.
  • Find your people and seek out connections with those who understand your experiences.
  • Be direct and speak your truth, even if it's scary or uncomfortable.
  • Prioritize tending to your lived experience and attending to others in a way that honors their experiences.
  • Value directness and authenticity in your interactions with others, even if it goes against societal norms of politeness.
  • Look for ways to center yourself and be authentic, even if it goes against how you were raised. 


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC has been a psychotherapist for 20 years. She specializes in helping Highly Sensitive People thrive in love, work, and parenting Highly Sensitive Children. Jen is passionate about using mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to ameliorate human suffering.


Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Coach.  She knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, and truthteller.  Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and then learning she is neurodivergent helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a sense of self-compassion.  She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other neurodivergents know that they aren’t alone, and that having a brain that is wired differently can have some amazing gifts, and some challenges.  Patricia works online globally working individually with therapists, and others, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors us.


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