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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 6, 2022

Managing Emotional and Physical Dysregulation

Jen and I both got triggered, and Jen talks about what it felt like physically to be dysregulated.  She talks about the wound of “Is it safe to be me? Will I be rejected?” and how she worked with those parts.  Jen shares 13 things she did to be present for herself and help calm her nervous system. Jen also has a beautiful reframe of “Why is this happening FOR me?” instead of “Why is this happening TO me?” Great episode for when you feel like you’re too much, too needy and you’re struggling.


Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC


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), 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 HSPs know that they aren’t alone, and that being an HSP has 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 us


  • Why is this happening FOR me vs. Why is this happening TO me?
  • Anxiety was dread of my own daring
  • Is it safe to be me? Will I be rejected?

Tools to use when you’re feeling dysregulated:

  • Legs up the wall
  • Self-compassion
  • Put your hand on your heart
  • Hold the wounded part
  • Howl
  • Shake
  • Cry
  • Emotions are meant to move
  • Light a candle
  • Pet an animal
  • Set an intention
  • Know that you’re having growing pains


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