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Vibrant Days….

Flourishing with Sensory Processing Sensitivity

March 2017




HSP Connect
When: March 11, 2017
Time: 9-10:30 am
Where: Panera on Biesterfield in Elk Grove Village

HSP Workshop in Boca Raton, Florida

HSP’s in Relationships: the Arduous, the Agonizing, and the Amazing

When: April 8, 2017

Where: Connected Life Christian Church*
2500 NW 5th Ave.
Boca Raton, Florida
*this is not a faith based event. All backgrounds welcome

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)

Cost: $149.00

Snacks, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Candy Crawford, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. has a private practice in the western suburbs of Chicago and specializes in high sensitivity. Candy has co led workshops with Elaine Aron and Ted Zeff, both pioneers in the field of high sensitivity. She is a passionate, wise and compelling speaker who cherishes her roles as clinician, advocate, and educator for the highly sensitive population.

At the close of this workshop you will:

– Have gained a deeper knowledge base of high sensitivity (sensory processing sensitivity)
– Learned specific tasks you can apply to your personal journey of integrating your sensitivity
– Discovered concrete ways to enrich your relationships

Please enclose your name, home address, and email when you register. Click the button below to pay.  Once payment is received you will be notified and your registration will be complete. Unfortunately, there will be no refunds if you need to cancel due to the limited number of spaces.


I think it’s ok to assume most of us were raised in homes where the display of feeling states were limited. The state of being happy or silly were the main ones allowed in my family of origin. No wonder I’d spend hours in my room listening to music and reading authors who mirrored a fuller expression of affect like sadness, fear, unmet longings and deep wonder. As a parent of two teens I know the acute difference of being with a teen in a “happy state” vs. well ok having one in just about any other state (now that requires something from within to allow the other to be where they are at).  No wonder my parents wanted me happy!  With our sensitive wiring programming us to feel more intensely and proclivity to notice subtleties in our environment WITHIN a subculture that does not commonly exhibit a wide range of emotion we can find ourselves in states of cutural dissonance! I find as I age and experience foundational losses while living in a nation that is in turmoil I feel incapable of denying, I require more skills and permission to express a deeper tier of “unpopular” emotions. How critical we find places like forests, journals, the arts and safe bonds to make space for our grasps at tending to these emotions.

To give an example I left my office yesterday holding remnants of pain spilled over from some of my clients. I noticed I hit the gas rather quickly to rush home and change clothes so I could tend to what I was holding. I raced to the Arboretum and jumped out of my car and onto the trail as the rain drops arrived. My gait quickened as I screamed out  “Come…on…God” in an urgent tone. Was it a command or surrender I don’t know but within five more minutes of walking I noticed movement to my right.  I looked to discover a huge buck and two doe standing and staring at me. My entire body froze under the pelting rain and although nothing had been fixed and no words of wisdom had arrived seeing those deer soothed me. I bowed to them like any wise highly sensitive person would then watched their bushy white tails follow their prancing bodies deeper into the forest. I continued my walk under the chilly rain and felt as if I had shed the extra emotional weight I had brought to the hike and noticed my interior had returned to a functional level of homeostasis.



You either walk
inside your story
and own it
you stand outside
your story
and hustle
for your worthiness.

-Brene Brown

In this together,