Hi and welcome!

My name is Louisa Lombard and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Founder of Strong and Sensitive, counseling for the sensitive, creative, and empathic.

I specialize in working with the 20% of people who have the genetic temperament of high sensitivity. We’re just wired a little more sensitive, and that’s really okay. I love helping sensitive people embrace their personality, and work toward a place in life that they always knew they could reach. You may have questioned yourself along the way. You are capable. You can get there. It will take hard work. And it’s worth it.

I help people, as most mental health therapists do, with anxiety, depression, relationship and communication issues, building self-esteem and self-compassion, parenting issues, working to recover from a difficult childhood, or to maintain sobriety; it’s just that I do it geared toward and specialized in helping sensitive people, often referred to as the Highly Sensitive Person or Sensory Processing Sensitivity (same thing).

Please feel free to contact me with your questions. I look forward to talking with you. I’m also Highly Sensitive, and happily so. And I’m a mom to two Highly Sensitive kids.

 
 
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HSPs have often shared the following kinds of examples-

Watching or reading the news can make you feel really sad, and worried. Not just briefly. A sad or scary news story can affect your mood for longer than it seems to for other people you know.

You notice how people around you are feeling throughout your day. Sometimes you wish you didn’t but you do, and as much as you wish it didn’t, how they’re feeling has some impact on you.

After being in a loud chaotic environment for a while surrounded by lots of people, all you really want is to be alone, curled up in peace and quiet.

You may have been the kid (or grown up) who stood on the sidelines and watched other people doing a new activity for quite a while before you decided to participate. If it didn’t look enjoyable, maybe you didn’t join in at all.

You are known for being kind, saying yes, and lending a helping hand. You would like to say no more often though because you tend to take on a lot.

You still think about that thing that your boss, kid, partner, or even a stranger said to you. You take a while to recover from confrontation and it’s not a stretch to say that it can ruin your day, if you let it. Words can stay with you for a long time.

You’re always noticing lots of little details, like who is sitting behind you in a dark movie theater, what they’re eating, what they look like, and maybe even whether or not they’re enjoying the movie. Sometimes you’d like to be able to turn off your skills for noticing all of the little details, it can be exhausting…and it’s also an incredible gift.

 

“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

-Maya Angelou