Alane Freund, licensed marriage and family therapist, international consultant on high sensitivity (who works closely with Elaine Aaron, author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child) and equine assisted psychotherapist is back for the 2nd time, gracing the podcast waves with Montreal life coach and Intuitive consultant, Julie Cusmariu. Alane offers so much wisdom and experience and is candid and kind.
There is so much to gain from listening to Alane explain and honor the trait of high sensitivity. As she says “sensitivity is a superpower”. May you honour it in yourself and the children/teens/young adults you know and nurture and care for.
Listen to the full conversation with Alane here. In this first conversation we talked about 5 things HSPs need to do to flourish, how high sensitivity is often a misunderstood trait and often misdiagnosed and Alane even took us through a 20 second experience to lower our arousal level and help our children do the same.
Here is an excerpt from a NY Times article featuring Alane Freund’s brilliant work from August 2020.
“Alane Freund, a family therapist in San Rafael, Calif., has pioneered a form of equine assisted therapy to help highly sensitive teenagers better appreciate their own traits. Horses are highly sensitive by nature. “A horse can sense your muscle tension from the far side of the corral,” Ms. Freund said. “They know if your breathing changes, they can smell your perspiration. That extreme sensitivity is how they stay alive in the wild.”
Like horses, highly sensitive children will tend to enter new situations more slowly. “Horses model for the children that caution is healthy,” Ms. Freund said. “You don’t know these people, you’ve got to get the lay of the land first.”
Recently, she received a text message from a highly sensitive 16-year-old client saying, “I suck at making friends.” Ms. Freund wrote back: “You don’t suck at making friends. You make friends in a different way, you are actually better at it because you take time, choose the right person, forge deeper friendships in the end.”