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Empath and Sensitive Feelers Group

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APISA Empath and Sensitive Feelers Group

A compassionate space for all Asian Pacific Islander South Asian adults (21+) to share their Empath and Sensitivity experiences, receive support, and learn skills.

WHO

Open to all Asian Pacific Islander South Asian adults (21+) anywhere in the US

COST

$300 for all 8 sessions; sliding scale & payment plans available

WHAT

Support group, self-exploration tools and skills development and building/sharing of resources

TIME

75-minute evening sessions on Mondays from 5:30PM - 6:45PM PT | 8:30PM - 9:45PM ET | 7:30PM - 8:45PM CT

WHERE

Zoom link to be sent upon signup

WHEN

This group will begin on January 23rd, 2023. Register to join this cohort.

GROUP GOALS

Group members will have a deeper understanding of their sensitivity, uncover their unique strengths, gain new tools to care for themselves, and start developing a community with other Empaths & Sensitive Feelers

WEEK 1

Being Sensitive within the APISA Community

  • What does it mean to be sensitive?
  • How do others view sensitivity?
  • What were some cultural messages around being sensitive?

WEEK 2

Getting to know your sensitivity

  • Self-Assessment
  • Tuning in to the body: Physical sensations and emotions
  • Introduction to WOT

WEEK 3

Care of your sensitive self in a cultural context

  • Follow up on reactions/reflections
  • Sharing ways to cope with overarousal
  • Learn Shielding against energies / Umbrella Walk

WEEK 4

Discover your strengths & weaknesses/struggles

  • Different Flavors of Sensitivity
  • How has culture shaped how we see these/our flavor of HSP
  • Inventory of assets and weaknesses for sensitive feelers

WEEK 5

Reframe your past experiences & Self-compassion

  • Explore past experiences
  • Self-confidence and how we understand this event in light of our sensitivity
  • 'Perfect Ally'

WEEK 6

Sensitivity & Relationships

  • What are the impacts of being highly sensitive on your close relationships?
  • Communication of needs and getting people to understand within the APISA cultural lens
  • Mindful Communication Exercise

WEEK 7

Empaths and Sensitive Feelers in the Social World

  • Exploring shyness & the cultural notions around it
  • Analyzing our flops
  • Philosophy to share

WEEK 8

Celebrating your sensitivity

  • Celebrating our sensitive perception
  • Personal Reactions/Experiences of the Group
  • Resources and closure

This support group was formerly called “The Highly Sensitive Person” Group. It has been one of our most popular and successful groups, offering group members a space to share their experiences and learn to navigate their sensitivity, including how their sensitivity intersects with their Asian/Asian American identities. However, it has come to our attention that the term “Highly Sensitive Person” (or HSP) that was first coined by Psychologist Elaine Aron has been used by some professionals to foster stigma against the autistic community, associating the term with an ableist sentiment. Here at YCC, inclusivity and diversity are our core values, and we have relied on individual participants’ self-identification of HSP regardless of having other identities/diagnoses or no diagnosis. After much consideration, we have decided to step away from using the term HSP while still upholding a space where empathic and sensitive experiences can still be discussed. We will continue to provide a welcoming space for all those who identify as an empath or sensitive feeler or simply want to process their experiences of sensitivity.

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