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 additionally burdened with 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 unreciprocated 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 soulful, creative, and complex ways. These gifts require unique care and support to flourish. Care that you must learn to offer yourself first, 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 unintentionally give these gifts away, thus depleting yourself in the process. From there, you can claim those empathic gifts for yourself first, then skillfully and intentionally choose when you offer them to others. To give from a boundaried, resourced, intentional place.
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, wise intentionality, and fierce self-love. The healing path of the empath requires you to learn to love yourself first. This means honoring, caring for, and uplifting your unique needs and ways of being in this world. Self-love is not about abandoning yourself, others, or the world. It is learning to center your own needs, boundaries, and desires first – before you give. It is giving with skillful, boundaried intention. It is witnessing the world clearly, and choosing your response from fierce love for yourself and the world.
This is sacred, courageous, radical work. And I am here for it.