Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Natalie Meengs, NCC, LMHC
Highly Sensitive Persons
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana and specialize in working with adults who identify as an Empath or a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I completed my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lipscomb University and knew early on that I was passionate about helping sensitive, empathic people find growth and healing. As an HSP and empath myself, I personally understand the weight of things unseen but very much felt. It can get lonely. But rest assured - you are not alone (and you’re not crazy). Your experiences are very real and are shared by many!
HSP’s have a highly sensitive central nervous system, absorbing more sensory information at a time than most people. For this reason, they often experience anxiety or depression due to over or under stimulation. They need time to process deeply, and our production-focused, fast-paced world can challenge their self-esteem and leave them feeling “fragile” or “not enough.”
Being empathic means you are sensitive to energetic information. Most empaths absorb others’ moods, while some empaths sense others’ physical pain, or are impacted deeply by the suffering of people or the planet. Essentially, empaths feel things outside of themselves as if it were happening to them. For many, it can be a very overwhelming experience not knowing where you end and another begins.
It can make it very difficult to process your own pain and do your own work when you constantly feel off-balance from the world and people around you. Sensitive individuals require an adaptive approach to therapy that prioritizes maintaining an internal balance to effectively process trauma or achieve higher insights. I specialize in Brainspotting and SomEx and use these as key interventions with my clients. Both of these practices focus on the importance of bringing the wisdom of the body into awareness and drawing on that wisdom to promote healing. For people who tend to feel energetically “hijacked,” finding centeredness and the resources they need within is a transformative experience.