About SenseWell ~ Founded 2015
SenseWell Cares for deeply feeling people and their families.
The focus of this practice is on the deeply feeling individual who has a personality disorder, an anxiety disorder, unprocessed trauma or who identifies as being highly sensitive or rejection sensitive and their experience of life has become highly distressing. These individuals are often impacted by constant uncomfortable anxiety and depression, emotional dysregulation, bodily discomfort and fears of abandonment or of being negatively evaluated and rejected. SenseWell Psychology targets these areas in treatment offering therapies that have a strong evidence base for assisting people to find relief from these kinds of emotional difficulties.
Deeply feeling people may also have difficulties with a traumatic past, relationships, raising children who may also be sensitive, social avoidance, perfectionism, workplace capacity and conflict issues, comfort-seeking addictions, impulsive behaviours, anger and resentment, people pleasing, eating disorders, low self-worth, panic attacks, extreme introversion or shyness, social isolation, loneliness, co-dependency/enmeshment, self-harm, separation anxiety, powerful grief and loss, substance misuse and bodily issues such as chronic pain or sleep problems.
SenseWell Psychology considers that at times for some individuals these difficulties might be best viewed through the lense of understanding that approximately 20% of the population, as reported by Dr Elaine Aron, have a more sensitive neural system and therefore respond to life's difficulties with greater intensity. Being highly sensitive is not a disorder, it is a biological trait that generates intuitiveness, empathy, strong sensory experiences and an appreciation for nature, the arts and the environment. If childhood has been difficult or there has been trauma in the past, the deeply sensitive person becomes totally overwhelmed by their emotions, feeling them intensely in their bodies and often lacking the resources to manage them. A person does not have to identify as highly sensitive to be impacted by their experiences and it is important to understand there is a difference between high sensitivitity, mental illness and trauma responses. A practitioner who understands the difference and provides targeted therapeutic interventions to assist the client whether they identify as highly sensitive, rejection sensitive, have a personality, anxiety or trauma disorder, is beneficial for the client.
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