Therapy for Empaths, Highly Sensitive People, and Magic Makers
You may be an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person if:
1. People always turn to you and expect emotional support without offering it in return
2. The world feels too overwhelming at times
3. Seemingly normal things, like a dinner party or day trip with friends, exhaust you
4. You feel and perceive things much more deeply than others, observing details and emotional nuances others fail to see
Healing as an Sensitive Person
As an empath, intuitive, or highly sensitive person you are burdened with enormous double binds and conflicting expectations from others and the world at large. Others rely on you for emotional support and expect you to have unlimited emotional capacity and availability.
At the same time, they berate you and tell you to “stop being so sensitive”. So, you’re expected to assimilate into the dominant cultural expectations — and only show your sensitivity when it’s convenient or appreciated.
The healing path of the empath means learning how to honor, care for, and uplift your unique empath needs and the ways you show up in this world.
Being an empath is a valid, necessary, and soulful way to experience the world.
There is nothing wrong with you. You do not have to sacrifice yourself to provide endless support to others, or change who you are to meet their conflicting expectations. You do not have to isolate yourself or push past your needs to find your way in the world as an empath.
Feeling deeply, expansively, and intuitively, does not mean you have to suffer. In fact, you have tremendous capacity for love, creativity, joy, and pleasure!
Welcome! I’m Phoenix (they/them).
I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist in Berkeley, CA. I offer virtual services throughout California and Oregon. Additionally, I offer adjunct in person ecotherapy sessions to regular clients. I am an empath, intuitive, and highly sensitive person (HSP) who centers embodied, liberartory joy.
I know two things to be true about the healing path of the empath:
1. You have everything you need within you to heal.
You’re giving away your ability to heal to others rather than to your own self, without even knowing it!
It is your very gifts of sensitivity that allow you to perceive the world in unique, creative, and subtle ways. These gifts require unique care and support to flourish. Care that you must learn to offer yourself, as you had to turn away from your needs in order to survive.
I can help you understand the true gifts of being an empath, intuitive, and highly sensitive person and notice when you unknowingly offer these gifts to others, thus depleting yourself in the process. From there, you can claim those empathic gifts for yourself, and skillfully choose when you offer them to others – as opposed to others taking them without your consent.
2. Self-love is the healing journey of the empath.
We will partner together to support you in moving from a path of suffering and sacrifice to one of embodied joy, abundance, and self-love. The healing path of the empath requires us to learn to love ourselves. This means honoring, caring for, and uplifting our unique needs and ways of being in this world. Learning to center our own selves, needs, boundaries, and desires is true self-love.
This is sacred, courageous, radical work. And I am here for it.