Sensitive people have a wealth of books and expertise available to them thanks to the work of the following experts and coaches. In 1999, Elaine Aron, Ph.D. released her first book on the highly sensitive trait and has been a prolific author of various aspects of sensitivity ever since. She and many others are thankfully bringing the significant and valuable HSP qualities to public awareness at a time when we need more sensitivity in the world.

Sensitivity Research

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D is the pioneer of HSP awareness. Her numerous books include: The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Person Handbook, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, The Highly Sensitive Child and The Undervalued Self.Elaine’s work is the starting point for anyone seeking to understand the highly sensitive trait.  Elaine Aron’s website

The Sensitive Trait

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D is the pioneer of HSP awareness. Her numerous books include: The Highly Sensitive Person, The Highly Sensitive Person Handbook, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, The Highly Sensitive Child and The Undervalued Self.Elaine’s work is the starting point for anyone seeking to understand the highly sensitive trait.  Elaine Aron’s website

Dr. Ted Zeff, Ph.D has written some important books for sensitive people. They are The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World, Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion: Daily Exercises for Calming Your Senses in an Overstimulating World, and
The Strong, Sensitive Boy: Help Your Son Become a Happy, Confident Man.  He is an expert on stress reduction and insomnia for HSPs.  Ted Zeff’s website 

Jacquelyn Strickland is “…a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and workshop leader based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been a certified trainer in the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory since 1991.” Jacquelyn offers a lot of information about the HSP trait and has classes online to help highly sensitive people to know themselves better. She is well-known for her HSP Gatherings, which are annual tribal meetings for highly sensitive people to meet each other and learn more about the trait. Lifeworks

Cliff Harwin is an author and life coach working with highly sensitive people. He wrote Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity: Discover, Develop, and Maximize Your Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Traits and has an informational website, The Highly Sensitive Person Publishing Company. Cliff Harwin’s website

Dr. Tracy Cooper is a psychologist whose focus is the highly sensitive trait. He provides consulting services to highly sensitive people in transition and has written the book, Thrive! The Highly Sensitive Person And Career. Dr. Cooper’s website

Ane Axford, M.S. LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and highly sensitive person who specializes in working with sensitivity directly. She offers a holistic practice on sensations and how to respond to them. She has been working in the very uncharted field of sensitivity for over 10 years with clients, developing the Sensitive Leadership system, practices, retreats, writing, online community, live show, in-person community, local community, resources, and other services to serve all in leading with sensitivity and therefore changing the way we use sensitivity. Sensitive Leadership website

Empaths

Dr. Judith Orloff Judith Orloff, author of Emotional Freedom, is a psychiatrist who specializes in emotional healing with an emphasis on mind-body integration and relationship management for intuitives. Dr. Orloff offers numerous articles and videos, has her own blog and contributes blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She lectures frequently and provides many resources on her website. Dr. Orloff’s website

Penney Peirce is “a respected and gifted intuitive empath with deep psychological understanding, visionary ability, and business sense. She is one of the early pioneers in the intuition development movement, having worked since 1977 with organizations like the San Francisco-based Center for Applied Intuition, The Institute for the Study of Conscious Evolution, and The Intuition Network.” excerpt from website.  Penney Peirce’s website

David Ritchey wrote The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P. Understanding the Anomalously Sensitive Person.  The book is based on his research and findings, and provides some scientific insight into sensitivity, has very useful data and insights into the range of HSP capabilities, as well as HSPs and Myers Briggs information. David Ritchey’s website

Dr. Michael Smith is “the author of three popular books, including ‘The Complete Empath Toolkit,’ Dr. Smith works to help empaths and highly sensitive people recognize and embrace their gifts. As a doctoral trained counselor and energy medicine practitioner, his work on empathic sensitivity has been … featured in documentary films. Dr. Smith has given workshops worldwide, including at New York’s Omega Institute, and … has personally coached several thousand individuals to make stronger connections between mind, body, and Spirit.” excerpt from website. Dr. Smith’s website

Work And Creativity

Doug Eby is a prolific writer, researcher and online publisher on the psychology of creative expression and personal growth. He also has websites on the creative mind and the highly sensitive trait. He can be found at his main website Talent Develop

Barrie Jaeger, Ph.D. is another HSP whose challenges have led her to investigate the world of work for HSPs. Her insights are fresh and very helpful for HSPs because she helps HSPs to categorize work in a way that helps them navigate the world of work with a different eye. Her book is Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person.  Barrie Jaeger’s website

Sheep Dressed Like Wolves Andy Mort is a musician, songwriter and podcaster who has established a community for highly sensitive creatives to support their success. Andy Mort’s website

Coaches for the Highly Sensitive Person

Ane Axford, M.S. LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and highly sensitive person who specializes in working with sensitivity directly. She offers a holistic practice on sensations and how to respond to them. She has been working in the very uncharted field of sensitivity for over 10 years with clients, developing the Sensitive Leadership system, practices, retreats, writing, online community, live show, in-person community, local community, resources, and other services to serve all in leading with sensitivity and therefore changing the way we use sensitivity. Sensitive Leadership website

Jenna Avery is an experienced, trained coach for highly sensitive people. She is one herself. She has a website that offers many tools for the personal development of HSPs, a network of professionals who provides many types of assistance for HSPs, great resources as well as excellent courses that help HSPs better handle their issues with the energy of others as well as the boundary issues that create social and life challenges for sensitives.  Jenna Avery’s website

Jim Hallowes is a coach, who works with Dr. Pat Allen, a communications expert. He has an extensive website with many links to important websites for HSPs. His website is: Jim Hallowes’ Highly Sensitive People

Cliff Harwin is an author and life coach working with highly sensitive people. He wrote Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity: Discover, Develop, and Maximize Your Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Traits and has an informational website, The Highly Sensitive Person Publishing Company. Cliff Harwin’s website.

Lisa McLoughlin is a coach for quiet professionals and leaders—providing a roadmap to navigate the terrain of work. She is a Licensed Physiotherapist, director of a community supported agricultural program, and a degree candidate for a masters in coaching Psychology. In addition Lisa is an artist. Connect with Lisa through her website: Green Alder Coaching

Mary Kay Parkinson is an energy healer and life coach based in Maryland. Her website offers information about the HSP trait, and many articles about living well as an HSP.  Mary Kay is an energy healer and coach in spiritual development. She has a BA in Psychology, and has studied at the  Center for Intentional Living, Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Mentor Coach, Bert Hellinger Institute USA, and the Potomac Massage Training Institute.
Connect with Mary Kay at her website.

Janine Ramsey is the creator or sensitivity style ™ “a model that helps people with differing levels of sensitivity live and work together harmoniously. Janine Ramsey’s Website

Roxanne Elaine Smith is a coach for highly sensitive people who are suffering from the effects of narcissistic parents or other forms of childhood abuse. Elaine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Community Services. –with emphasis on humanistic counseling psychology, sociology, family dynamics, and child development. Her website is HSP Survivors

Health And Sensitivity

Mari J. Dionne is an HSP and Holistic Health Practitioner, board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, specializing in nutrition, supplements, and alternative remedies. She holds a degree in Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counseling from Pierce College in Washington. In addition to her formal education she has studied various forms of energy balancing. Mari combines her HSP empathy with her education, knowledge, and expertise to help other highly sensitive people relieve stress syndromes doctors have a hard time treating. She offers lifestyle management solutions and all-natural, body-based remedies to relieve the pain of being highly sensitive. Mari Dionne’s website 

Kathryn Nulf is a certified health coach and registered yoga teacher, who supports HSPs in her private and group coaching programs to step out of overwhelm and finally feel free and at peace around food. Her passion is to help HSPs discover what it’s like to have an inner flame so strong that it’s not swayed by every stressful event in life. Kathryn helps her clients embrace their unique trait so that their whole self can embrace life. If you’d like to find out what working together might look like, set up a {free} discovery session at her website

Kate Stefans understands how easy it is to get completely lost in the depth of all that we feel. She gets how remarkably simple it is to fall into addictions to cope with this depth. Having known numb really well, she empathizes with living partly between the worlds of the living and the dead. But most of all, she wholeheartedly grasps what sensitive souls are capable of when they are not struggling with addiction to food, thoughts, and control. Knowing this, she works to guide HSPs to a place of healing; a place of perceiving the vastness of all they are so that they may contribute to the world with their incredible complexity. The world needs this. You can find her at KateStefans.com

Children And Families

Sally Gage has created a website in honor of her highly sensitive son, Ben, who died of a rare illness. She is dedicating her time to helping highly sensitive children. She can be found at Highly Sensitive Kids

The Highly Sensitive Family is a comprehensive website about and for the highly sensitive family rich in resources related to the highly sensitive trait, stress and health and the needs of highly sensitive children. It can be reached at The Highly Sensitive Family

Writers

Peter Messerschmidt is a writer, beachcomber, rare stamp dealer and eternal seeker. When he’s not wandering the beach or the Internet, he facilitates groups & retreats for HSPs, and shares his musings at “HSP Notes,” the web’s oldest HSP-specific blog, at HSP Notes. He lives in Port Townsend, WA with the great love of his life (also an HSP) and several furry “kids.” To read some of his more in-depth articles about the HSP trait please visit: Hub Pages – Denmarkguy and Squidoo – Denmarkguy.