Thriving at the Riverbank is an educational support group for highly sensitive people.
Doesn’t that sound awful?
Let’s try this again. Imagine a grove of stately oaks backed up to a deep, flowing river. All around are millions of creatures – large and small – who flourish under the protection of the trees and water. Small beneath the canopy of leaves, a group of human guests enjoy the company of geese and squirrels, the deep rush of the river, and a scented breeze. These humans are keenly attuned to their natural hosts and to each other. Their conversation ebbs as flows like the river, is infused with laughter and tears, and is without shame. A kind, committed sage offers insight, empathy, and guidance as the group explores new territory and relearns old truths. The time they have together is both a minute and an eternity; each member traversing their own galaxy within the safety of the others. As the journey closes, the small community disbands – exhausted, renewed, and profoundly grateful for the kinship of their peers and the wisdom of their guide.
In less mystic terms, Thriving at the Riverbank is designed to bring highly sensitive people together for HSP-specific learning in a space that is safe and encouraging of personal exploration. The group nature of the Thriving sessions offers mutual support, encouragement, and challenge.
Though Thriving carries the somewhat intimidating label of “psychoeducation”, each lesson on the trait of High Sensitivity is insightful, encouraging, and enjoyable. The monthly sessions and individual meetings have their own focus, and the enriching conversation flows with the needs of the group. The Thriving topics include foundational HSP principles, the nuances of relationship for HSPs, and even holiday survival techniques.
Thriving’s founder, HSP expert Candy Crawford, is a skilled educator. Her intuitive style supports group members’ inquiry and application of presented material in a gentle, personal manner. Hosted both in-person and online, Thriving participants will find themselves warmly welcomed, fully accepted, and insightfully challenged.
Though the process of self-discovery may feel like an epic quest, Thriving offers sojourners a clear map, the fellowship of equally brave companions, and the support of an experienced guide.
Candy Crawford, MSW, LCSW, is a therapist, educator, and advocate for highly sensitive people. She maintains a private practice in the Chicagoland area, where she specializes in Sensory Processing Sensitivity and facilitates workshops and retreats.
I am passionate in using the therapeutic relationship as a powerful tool for personal transformation. For those willing to engage in the work that therapy invites, I am confident individuals can experience increased levels of personal fulfillment, purpose, and internal freedom.
My goal is to facilitate the healing process and help clients access their own strength and courage. I enjoy working with individuals who desire more for themselves and consequently, their lives.
“Individuation involves two movements, inward to discover the one who is, and outward to learn about one’s place in the function of the world.” (June Singer from The Power of Love)
Thriving at the Riverbank is at the heart of Candy’s work as an HSP advocate. These intimate groups meet monthly on topics tailored to support the flourishing of highly sensitive individuals in an overwhelming world.
Learn about trait in general. Can be in person or on Zoom. I consult with individuals and/or groups. Clients do not have to be residents of Illinois.
I teach half day, full day and weekend
workshops on various facets of the trait.
*See list of examples on Events page
Rates: Inquire within.
“Candy is a true authority on high sensitivity, both research and self-care methods, which I have seen first hand. Even with this intellectual understanding, she combines heart and mind in a way people love, especially we sensitive ones.”
Elaine Aron Ph.D