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6th December 2023 
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0777 312 4854

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Welcome to my mentoring practice specialising in support and development for Highly Sensitive People, Professionals, Employers and Family members. I offer information, individual mentoring support, workshops and coaching for sensitive people, plus training for professionals as individuals or within organisations. During 2023 I will be settling down to do some writing, so please be aware that my availability for media interviews, professional training events or individual mentoring will be limited to two or three days per week. You can book individual online mentoring sessions by clicking on the link above, or email me if you would like a face to face appointment. I work from two locations in the UK: Andover in Hampshire and Pendeen in Cornwall.

My work on high sensitivity is underpinned with information from the research and books of Dr Elaine Aron and I have received training directly from her on the science behind the modern understanding of sensory processing sensitivity. Coming from a background of thirty years supporting the growth and development of individuals, families and groups, I understand the unique challenges for anxious or stressed adults and children. I have insight into the relationship challenges that occur when one partner is naturally more sensitive or where work colleagues are struggling to understand each other’s needs or personal qualities.

Mentoring can be both informative and therapeutic. It offers the opportunity for periodic, supportive meetings, to draw on the life experience and knowledge of an experienced professional who has been walking the path of sensitive authenticity in relationships and in the workplace. Mentoring can help you identify areas for change and support you to reframe your stressful situation in a more positive context and secure those changes in place.

Here are some links to my work and HSP community projects:

Barbara’s HSP events in Hampshire, Cornwall and internationally on this link
Barbara’s videos and podcasts:
Career basics:
The no-nonsense HSP:
Sensitive adolescents (1):
Sensitive adolescents (2):
Highly sensitive children podcast:
HSP ‘lockdowns’ and other 21st century stressors:
Barbara Allen being interviewed by Jennifer Sneeden on setting up a therapy practice on Mentoring support for highly sensitive therapists.
Learn all about high sensitivity in this interview on ‘Real Health Radio’
Posts and videos from Growing Unlimited on Facebook: here

Go HERE for a short arts film including an interview with me about self-care for highly sensitive people.

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To find out how mentoring might help you, or to make an appointment for an initial consultation, click the link near the top of the page for an online meeting, or call or to arrange a face to face meeting, leave a message at Growing Unlimited on 0777 312 4854, or EMAIL


According to Dr Elaine Aron, at least 15% of any population are born with the trait of sensory processing sensitivity, being highly sensitive. Talking to highly sensitive adults, they often point to being misunderstood or misinterpreted by important professionals or family members, leading to failure to reach potential or even failure to thrive. At these workshops you will find out what SPS is and what it is not. Why it really matters that Highly sensitive children are understood. How to identify and support highly sensitive adults and children. Explore ways in which you could improve your practice. Above all else, you will come away with knowledge and inspiration, knowing you really can make a difference to the wellbeing, education and support of highly sensitive adults or children who have so much potential. If you would like in-house training, do contact me to discuss.

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HSP Growth and Discussion Flashcards

One in Five Hidden Treasures (c). These beautiful A6 flashcards are useful tools for HSP workshops or discussion groups. Each card has a suggested topic that will prompt discussion and self-awareness. In our culture, where highly sensitive people are a minority, there can sometimes be environmental influences that affect how HSPs grow and develop.

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These cards offer topics for discussion that lead to consideration of ways to move towards greater feelings of empowerment and purpose. The cards might also be useful in groups for anxiety, self-worth, self-help and general growth and development of personal authenticity. Each pack contains 32 cards. You can purchase these packs for 29.95 each or 55 for two. UK inland postage and packing is free, other destinations will entail postage fees (email Barbara for details).

To make an order for the cards, simply click this link and include a note to clarify what you are paying for: PAY THROUGH PAYPAL.

NEWS UPDATE: Plans are in progress for Barbara’s first book, which takes a straight forward look at the topics of these cards. It will be available for purchase later in 2024. Cost is 12.95. To pre-order the book click here. (NB: Delivery to inland UK is free, but for postage to USA please add 8). Please remember to include the address you would like the book sent to n the comment box with your payment. Thank you :)

Barbara Allen
Founder, Senior Mentor and Trainer Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002)
CPD training for counsellors and related professionals, on high sensitivity


All payments for appointments, events or other purchases are made in advance. You can PAY THROUGH PAYPAL using this link. Email Barbara if you encounter any difficulties making you payment.