There is a saying, we are all stars, bound together in a constellation. As a Vancouver counsellor specializing in supporting highly sensitive people, I’ve come to appreciate the profound truth in this saying. The essence of our work at Constellations Counselling is to help you find your place in the constellation of human connection, recognizing the profound impact it can have on mental health.

Our Innate Need for Connection

Just like the stars in the sky are bound together by gravitational pull, we, as human beings, are inherently social creatures with an innate need for connection. The feeling of belonging, of being part of a community, is as fundamental to our well-being as air and water.

Isolation is like a black hole in our constellation of life. It can suck away the light of our mental and emotional health, leaving us feeling disconnected and adrift. Study after study has shown the detrimental effects of isolation on humans, ranging from increased levels of depression and anxiety, to heightened stress and a lower sense of self-worth.


Building Meaningful Connections: A Guide for Highly Sensitive People

As a counsellor working with highly sensitive people, I know that HSPs can feel overwhelmed by the very process of social connection. The heightened sensitivity to emotional and environmental stimuli can make social interaction feel draining or even daunting. Yet, remember, you are not alone. With some simple and practical steps, you can build meaningful connections while honouring your HSP needs.

  1. Start Small: If you’re an HSP, social situations might feel overstimulating. Start by focusing on small, intimate gatherings rather than large social events. Small book clubs, art classes, or walking groups can provide quieter environments for connection. Discover the empowering walking group in Vancouver, Van City Girls Who Walk, designed to foster connection among women through walking: Van City Girls Who Walk. I have joined this walk and highly recommend it.
  2. Nurture Existing Relationships: Often, we don’t need to look far to find community. Reach out to friends or family members who understand your HSP nature. Prioritize deepening these connections, perhaps through shared activities or meaningful conversations.
  3. Set Boundaries: As an HSP, you might easily take on the emotions and energy of those around you, which can be exhausting. Learning to set emotional boundaries is key. It’s okay to take time for yourself, to say no, and to protect your own emotional space.
  4. Find Your People: Join groups or communities where being a highly sensitive person is understood and valued. Look for HSP meetups, online forums, or support groups where you can connect with others who ‘get’ what it’s like to be highly sensitive. is a good place to find local gatherings.

The Gift of Community Connection

At Constellations Counselling, we believe in the transformative power of community connection for mental health. The sense of belonging, the shared experiences, the mutual support – they’re like stars guiding us through the dark times and enhancing the brightness of the good times.

Being part of a community can be incredibly empowering. It’s in these settings that we often discover our strengths and learn how to support others with theirs, fostering a vibrant interplay of mutual growth and understanding. This symbiotic relationship creates a dynamic environment where individuals can thrive and grow, much like the life-sustaining interdependencies within an ecosystem. Just as a single star doesn’t define a constellation, an individual’s worth or progress isn’t determined in isolation, but in relation to the broader community and the strength of connections within it. At Constellations Counselling, we are passionate about helping our clients – particularly highly sensitive people – harness the power of community to promote their mental health and resilience.

Building and maintaining community connections isn’t always easy, especially for highly sensitive people. But remember, your sensitivity is not a burden. It’s a gift that can allow for deep, empathetic connections.

As your Vancouver counsellors, we are here to guide and support you on this journey. Whether you are looking for an HSP counsellor, seeking ways to navigate your sensitivity, or trying to forge meaningful connections, we are here to help. You are not alone. Together, we can find your place in the constellation of connection, where you can shine bright as you are, and enrich the lives of others in the process.

So if you find yourself on those dark, lonely nights feeling disconnected, look up and remember the stars. Each shining point of light is part of a bigger constellation, just as you are part of a larger, interconnected community. Reach out, and you’ll find your own constellation waiting to welcome you.