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Who are the 21 International Consultants on High Sensitivity? Here’s the Complete List.

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While sharing resources for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) on HSP Tools, I always encounter the term International Consultant on High Sensitivity (ICHS). 

I’ve especially noticed this title when publishing resources by Alane Freund, Dr Tracy Cooper, and Tom Falkenstein.

And I’ve always wondered who the other International Consultants on High Sensitivity are – beyond the three mentioned above.

In this post, discover what it means to be an International Consultant on High Sensitivity and the complete list of 21 people holding the title.

The list is as it appears on this page on Dr. Elaine Aron’s website.

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Who is an International Consultant on High Sensitivity?

As the name suggests, an International Consultant on High Sensitivity (ICHS) is a knowledgeable professional on the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) trait.

This person is either a researcher in the field of High Sensitivity or a coach or therapist who has received training from HSP pioneer Dr. Elaine N. Aron. 

People with the ICHS title are often up-to-date on the latest HSP research, have extensive experience discussing HSP topics, and are available to speak internationally about the trait.

Below is a list of all International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS) as they appear on Dr. Elaine N. Aron’s website. I’ll also link to their websites or social profiles to help you find them.

Who are the 21 International Consultants on High Sensitivity?

1. Bianca P. Acevedo, PhD. 

Biana P. Acevedo, PhD is a Social Neuroscientist whose research focuses on human attachment processes such as love, sexuality, and empathy.

She is also a Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) researcher, and her studies on the subject have been published widely in reputable scientific journals. 

Dr. Acevedo is also the editor of The Highly Sensitive Brain – a handbook for educators, researchers, and healthcare workers discussing the science, measurement and clinical aspects of High Sensitivity.

To learn more or contact Bianca P. Acevedo, visit her member profile on the Neuroscience Research Institute website.

2. Barbara Allen-Williams

Barbara Allen-Williams is a former therapist turned Mentor and Trainer working exclusively with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) and the professionals who serve them.

With 30+ years of experience in the Personal Development field and having received HSP training from Dr. Elaine N. Aron, Barbara is one of the founding members of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS)

She is also a regular co-host of the HSP Gathering Retreat – an annual 5-day meetup co-founded by Jacqueline Strickland and Dr. Elaine N. Aron in 2001. 

Visit this website to learn more about Barbara Allen-Williams and her upcoming book for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs).

3. Lise August

Lise August is a Clinical Psychologist working with Highly Sensitive Children (HSCs), youth, couples, and adults.

She offers help through one-on-one therapy sessions, seminars, group counselling, books, and online courses.

Lise August, alongside her husband Martin August, is also the co-founder of Sensitive Balance – an online platform and in-person practice equipping sensitive individuals with knowledge and tools to thrive as HSPs.

Visit the Sensitive Balance website to learn more. The default language is Dutch, but you can translate it to English.

4. Martin August

Martin August is a Clinical Psychotherapist helping Highly Sensitive individuals find the tools and resources they need to thrive to their fullest potential.

Alongside his life partner, Lise August, Martin co-founded Sensitive Balance – a platform providing education and training to Highly Sensitive children, youth, adults, and couples.

Martin August can speak internationally about the HSP trait in English, Danish, and Swedish as part of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS).

Visit the Sensitive Balance website to learn more.

5. Else Marie Bruhner

Unfortunately, I couldn’t translate Else Marie’s website, so I’ll share the bio information as it appears in her listing on Dr. Elaine Aron’s website.

Else Marie Bruhner is an adult educator available to speak on High Sensitivity (HS) in English, Swedish, and French.

Her work entails giving courses and conferences on the HS trait in general, sharing related research, and explaining how the HSP trait affects our private and professional lives.

Go to her Website (in Swedish).

6. Tracy Cooper, Ph.D. 

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Dr. Tracy Cooper is an Education Professor and advocate for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs), High Sensation Seekers (HSSs) and Highly Sensitive Men (HSM).

He is the author of these three HSP books:

Dr. Tracy Cooper is also the co-creator of Sensitive Men Rising – a documentary for and about Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). He also appeared in Sensitive – the Untold Story alongside other HSP researchers.

Visit Dr. Tracy Cooper’s website to follow his work and insights on High Sensitivity.

7. Candy Crawford, MSW, LCSW.

Candy Crawford is an educator of High Sensitivity, supporting Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) and those around them to find acceptance and appreciation of the HSP trait.

And while most of her work is location-based, Candy also incorporates Zoom sessions to cater for international clients. 

She helps individuals through one-on-one sessions, group meetings, workshops, retreats, and conferences.

Candy is the creator of Thriving at the Riverbank – an intimate group that meets monthly to discuss topics affecting Highly Sensitive People (HSPs).

Visit Candy Crawford’s website to learn more.

8. Ilse Van den Daele

Ilse Van den Daele is the founder and managing director of HSP Vlaanderen (or HSP Flanders in English) – an organization committed to raising awareness on High Sensitivity.

The organization partners with volunteers to facilitate workshops, courses, HSP Talk Cafes, children’s camps and youth initiatives aimed at helping Highly Sensitive People learn and embrace their High Sensitivity.

Ilse Van den Daele is also the chief editor of De Cocon – a bi-monthly magazine for HSPs, and the author of two books about High Sensitivity in Children and HSPs at work. 

Visit the HSP Vlaanderen website to learn more about Ilse. The default language is Dutch, but you can translate it to English.

9. Annet van Duinen

Annet van Duinen is a certified coach helping Highly Sensitive People build confidence, set healthy boundaries, and master mental fitness.

She is the creator and host of the Sensitive and Strong podcast and co-founder of The Living Adventurers – a program supporting Highly Sensitive individuals on their journey towards emotional growth and self-realization.

Annet van Duinen also hosts in-person and online workshops, facilitates coaching programs, and speaks internationally as one of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS).  

Visit Annet’s Website to learn more.

10. Tom Falkenstein, MA

Tom Falkenstein is an author and psychotherapist offering consultations to Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) in English and German. 

With 18+ years of experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and having received training from Dr. Elaine N. Aron, Tom has been working exclusively with Highly Sensitive People since 2015. 

He is the author of The Highly Sensitive Man – a bestselling book about how mastering natural instincts, ethics, and empathy can enrich men’s lives and those who love them.

The book is available in multiple languages.

Visit Tom Falkenstein’s website to learn more.

11. Alane Freund, LMFT

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Alan Freund is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and an International Consultant on High Sensitivity (ICHS).

She works exclusively with Highly Sensitive People, parents, youth, families and the LGBTQ+ community through one-on-one sessions, self-paced courses, and group meetings.

Alane is also the creator of Are You Highly Sensitive – a private community for all HSPs, where she hosts two live masterclasses every month and audience-based sensitivity circles.

Visit Alane’s website to learn more.

12. Corina Greven, PhD.

 Dr. Corina Greven is a psychologist and professor of Environmental Sensitivity in Health at the Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

Her work in research aims to explain the underlying inter-individual differences in sensitivity to environmental stimuli. 

Specifically, she wants to understand how heightened sensitivity to negative and positive environments impacts our overall health and how best to prevent overstimulation from the environment.

Visit this page to learn more about Dr. Corina Greven.

13. Jadzia Jagiellowicz, PhD. 

Dr. Jadzia Jagiellowicz is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), researcher, and expert advisor for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). 

She uses scientific findings to help HSPs understand how their High Sensitivity affects their career, relationships, parenting styles, and other individual differences.

Dr. Jadzia is one of the few HSP experts contributing to the research field and working in an advisory capacity. Her consulting services focus on issues like anxiety, stress, emotional regulation, and depression.

Visit this website to learn more about Dr. Jadzia Jagiellowicz. It’s accessible in English and French.

14. Lian Kirksæther

Lian is a certified coach, author, and one of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS).

She has trained under Dr. Elaine N. Aron, written a book and taught a course on being Sensitive and Strong, and now works as a coach and mentor for Highly Sensitive Women.

Lian Kirksæther prides herself as one of the pioneers on the subject of High Sensitivity in Norway and continues to contribute to the field in an ongoing project aimed at helping HSPs find their ideal careers.

Visit this website to learn more about Lian. The site is accessible in Norwegian, but you can translate it into English.

15. Francesca Lionetti, PhD

Dr. Francesca Lionetti is a developmental psychologist and researcher specializing in environmental sensitivity, attachment, parenting and social-emotional development.

She works with other Sensitivity researchers, including Prof. Michael Pluess, Dr. Elaine Aron, and Dr. Arthur Aron, to identify and validate assessment measures and investigate how Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) interacts with the environment to promote development.

Dr. Francesca Lionnetti’s research work is available in numerous scientific journals.

Visit this page on the Sensitivity Research website for contact information. 

16. Elena Lupo, PhD

Dr. Elena Lupo is a psychotherapist, author, and one of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS).

Highly Sensitive herself, Dr. Elena has been working in the HSP field since 2013 and uses a holistic approach to help Highly Sensitive men, women, and children.

She is also the founder and president of the Association of Highly Sensitive People – HSP Italia, a project committed to sharing research studies and educational information about High Sensitivity in Italy.

Dr. Elena is one of the graduates of the inaugural training by Dr. Elaine N. Aron, which led to the creation of the ICHS.

Visit this website to learn more. The default language is Italian, but you can translate it to English.

17. Alice E. Shannon, LMFT

Alice Shannon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) providing support to parents and adults with extreme temperaments such as low adaptability, High Sensitivity and high intensity.

She offers assessments and consulting services to help individuals make sense of their inner temperaments and how this difference impacts their everyday lives.

Alice appears on Dr. Elaine Aron’s website as one of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS). 

Visit Alice Shannon’s website to learn more.

18. Jacquelyn Strickland

Jacquelyn Strickland is a former psychotherapist now working as a coach and mentor for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) through one-on-one sessions, online workshops and retreats.

She is the co-creator of the HSP Gathering Retreat with Dr. Elaine N. Aron, an annual 5-day meetup welcoming an intimate number of HSPs worldwide.

Jacquelyn incorporates her qualifications and expertise in therapy, the enneagram, the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and High Sensitivity to develop effective coaching strategies for Highly Sensitive individuals.

Visit Jacquelyn Strickland’s website to learn more.

19. Aki Takahashi

I couldn’t find a website, LinkedIn page or other platform with up-to-date details about Aki Takahashi. 

The only information I could find is a mention in research papers and the list of International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS).

So, below, find a quick and edited bio summary of Aki Takahashi as it appears on Dr. Aron’s website.

Aki Takahashi is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist providing therapy and counselling services to adults and adolescents in English and Japanese.

She teaches Psychology at universities, and with her experience in academic research, Aki is responsible for creating the 10-item Japanese version of the original HSP scale by Dr. Elaine N. Aron.

20. Teresa Tillmann, PhD

Dr. Teresa Tillman is a psychologist, researcher, and psychotherapist for Highly Sensitive Children (HSCs) and adolescents.

Her research expertise is on how Environmental Sensitivity impacts individuals at school and work, and her focus has morphed into the clinical, therapeutic and counselling settings.

Dr. Teresa is also passionate about sharing the latest research studies on High Sensitivity with the public through workshops, presentations, media outlets, and a website dedicated to the trait.

Visit this website to learn more about Dr. Teresa Tillmann’s work. The site is accessible in German, but you can translate it to English.

21. Karina Zegers de Beijl

Karina Zegers de Beijl is a certified coach, conflict mediator, author, and International Consultant on High Sensitivity (ICHS).

She has 16+ years of coaching experience, a High Sensitivity training certification from Dr. Elaine N. Aron in 2015, and specializes in coaching Highly Sensitive People (HSPs).

Karina is also the founder of APASE – an association of people with High Sensitivity in Spain whose mission is to share information about the HSP trait with the public and promote research.

Visit this website to learn more about Karina Zegers de Beijl. The site is in Spanish, but you can translate it into English.

Final Word on the International Consultants on High Sensitivity

As promised, above is the complete list of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity (ICHS) as they appear on the Interviewers and Speakers page on Dr. Elaine N. Aron’s website.

These individuals work in different professional positions as HSP coaches, therapists, mentors, healers, educators, and researchers. 

While you may not get access to all the people in this list due to the nature of their work, practitioners like Alane Freund, Jacquelyn Strickland, Dr. Tracy Cooper, Barbara Allen-Williams, Tom Falkenstein, Candy Crawford and Dr. Jadzia Jagillowicz are an email or direct message away.

I hope you found this list of International Consultants on High Sensitivity useful.

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