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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.

Sep 26, 2023

Not Feeling Good Enough: Self-Criticism, Healing and Vulnerability

We talk about the origins of feeling not good enough, and even if you understand why you feel this way, you still may be stuck.  At the end, Jen and I have a tearful moment that is bursting with vulnerability sharing something we have never talked about before. We talk about our own rigidity, inflexibility and having high expectations for others. We explore the power of naming what is going on in the moment, even when it may not be pretty, but it can be extremely powerful.


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC


·         Importance of emotional intelligence in personal growth

·         Recognizing and managing emotions in oneself and others

·         Developing self-awareness and self-reflection skills

·         Cultivating empathy and compassion for others

·         Recognizing and challenging negative self-talk

·         Embracing imperfection and self-love

·         Benefits of self-acceptance and self-compassion

·         Navigating life's transitions with grace and humor 9. Power of vulnerability in authentic relationships

·         Importance of authenticity and vulnerability

·         Internalizing criticism and creating negative self-stories

·         Feeling unworthy and doing hurtful behaviors

·         Intellectual understanding vs. deep feeling healing

·         Integration of intellectual and emotional healing

·         Pre-verbal experiences and difficulty expressing with words

·         Benefits of unstructured play for emotional development

·         Lowering expectations and finding freedom

·         Holding oneself lightly and letting go of perfectionism

·         Finding joy in the midst of life's pressures

·         Cultivating a growth mindset and learning from mistakes


Patricia was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but is now exclusively providing coaching. 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


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.


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