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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 18, 2023

The Art of Boundary-Setting: Nurturing Authentic Relationships

Establishing boundaries can foster deeper connections by allowing us to remain authentic and present. You might feel dysregulated, and/or guilty when you set a boundary. Not all relationships will be close, and not all relationships are meant to last for years. There are also seasons in relationships. When we're genuine in our interactions, we create a space for trust and openness to grow. However, it's essential to remember that creating these connections requires vulnerability.


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC


In this episode, you will be able to:

·         Unravel the essence of implementing boundaries for nurtuing connections.

·         Learn the delicate act of intertwining relational bonds with necessary self-preservation.

·         Discern the fine line separating deep relationships from passing acquaintances.

·         Reap the rewards of asserting oneself while setting and upholding personal boundaries.

·         Understand that some relationships are transient and that’s ok.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

·         Consider exploring boundary work to learn how to set healthy boundaries in all areas of your life.

·         If you are neurodivergent, seek out therapists who specialize in working with HSPs and other neurodivergent folks.

·         Reflect on the different circles in your life and how to differentiate who belongs in each one to better manage expectations.

·         Remember that setting boundaries is natural and can create safety and intimacy in relationships, since you most likely seek to honor and respect others' boundaries as well.

·         Practice checking in with yourself to identify your limitations and needs in order to show up fully in your relationships and with yourself.

·         If you are feeling lonely or disconnected, consider reaching out to connect with others through Marco Polo, texting, or other forms of communication.

·         Explore the concept of contemplating death as a way to live more fully in the present moment.

·         Reflect on your attachment wounds and how they may be impacting your relationships, seeking support and resources as needed.

·         Consider the importance of nurturing yourself through alone time while also avoiding understimulation.


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), 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 neurodivergent folks know that they aren’t alone, and that having a brain that is wired differently comes with amazing gifts, and some challenges.  Patricia works online globally working individually with people, 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 you


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