Resources: Understanding and Supporting Highly Sensitive Clients

Link to the recording of the webinar

Link to the slide deck

Speaker Michelle Agopsowicz

Link to the CE credit quiz


The Highly Sensitive Person Questionnaire  (Also available on Jane in the Template Library)

Research on the HSPQ

A letter HSP’s can use to initiate a conversation with various medical professionals


  1. Belsky, J., & Pluess, M. (2009). Beyond diathesis stress: Differential susceptibility to environmental influences. Psychological Bulletin, 135(6), 885–908. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0017376
  2. Benham, G. (2006). The highly sensitive person: Stress and physical symptom reports. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 1433-1440.
  3. Craig, A. D. (2009). How do you feel—Now? The anterior insula and human awareness. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 10, 59-70.
  4. Ellis, B. J., et al. (2023). Differential susceptibility to the environment: an evolutionary–neurodevelopmental theory. Development and Psychopathology, 1(1), 7-28. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579410000611
  5. Ellis, B. J., & Boyce, W. T. (2008). Biological Sensitivity to Context. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(3), 183-187. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00571.x
  6. Evans, D. E., & Rothbart, M. K. (2008). Temperamental sensitivity: Two constructs or one? Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 108-118.
  7. Falkenstein, T. (2019). The highly sensitive man. New York: Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing.
  8. Graneman, J., & Solo, A. (2023). Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World. Harmony Books: New York.
  9. Grimen, H. (2016). Sensory processing sensitivity factors of the highly sensitive person scale and the relationships to personality and subjective health complaints. Comprehensive Psychology.
  10. Kagan, J., Reznick, S., & Snidman, N. (1988). Biological basis of childhood shyness. Science, 240, 167-171.
  11. Liss, M., Timmel, L., Baxley, K., & Killingsworth, P. (2005). Sensory processing sensitivity and its relation to parental bonding, anxiety, and depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 1429-1439.
  12. Li, Z. (2022). Sensory processing sensitivity behavior moderates the association between environmental harshness unpredictability and child socioemotional functioning. Development and Psychopathology, 1-14.
  13. Lionetti, F., Aron, A., Aron, E. N., et al. (2018). Dandelions, tulips and orchids: evidence for the existence of low-sensitive, medium-sensitive and high-sensitive individuals. Translational Psychiatry, 8, 24. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-017-0090-6
  14. Lionetti, F., Aron, E. N., Aron, A., Klein, D. N., & Pluess, M. (2019). Observer-rated environmental sensitivity moderates children’s response to parenting quality in early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 55(11), 2389-2402. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000795
  15. Pluess, M. (2018). Environmental sensitivity in children development of highly sensitive childcare and identification of sensitivity groups. Developmental Psychology, 54(1), 51-70.
  16. Pluess, M. (2020). Individual differences in sensitivity to the early environment as a function of amygdala and hippocampus and exploratory analysis in 12 year old boys. Development and Psychopathology, 1-10.
  17. Pluess, M. (2015). Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity. Child Development Perspectives, 9(3), 138-143. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdep.12120


  1. Moorjani, A. (2021). Sensitive is the New Strong. HarperOne1.
  2. Orloff, J. (2017). The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Sounds True2.
  3. Brach, T. (2019). Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN. Viking3.
  4. Maté, G. (2003). When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress. Alfred A. Knopf Canada4.
  5. De Rosa, W. (2021). Becoming an Empowered Empath: How to Clear Energy, Set Boundaries & Embody Your Intuition. New World Library5.
  6. Neff, K. (2021). Fierce Self Compassion. Harper Wave6.
  7. Schwartz, R. (2022). No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness. TarcherPerigee7.
  8. Turner, T.-P. (2018). Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home. Her Own Room Press8.
  9. Judith, A. (2004). Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. Celestial Arts9.
  10. Brown, B. (2010). The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Hazelden Information & Educational Services10.
  11. Brown, B. (2007). I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”. Gotham Books.
  12. Cheng-Tozun, D. (2022). Social Justice for Sensitive Souls: How to Balance Empathy and Activism Without Burning Out. Northfield Publishing.
  13. Phillips, A. (2022). The Garden Within: The Art of Intuitive Living. HarperOne.
  14. Jeffrey. (2022). The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Stop People Pleasing. Publisher.
  15. Arabi, S. (2022). The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Dealing with Toxic People: How to Reclaim Your Power from Narcissists and Other Manipulators. Da Capo Lifelong Books.
  16. Aron, E. (2010). Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person: Improving Outcomes for That Minority of People Who Are the Majority of Clients. Routledge.