Alane Freund is a compelling, engaging, and inspiring speaker who strives to create dialogue, provide tools, and shift community awareness about the trait of high sensitivity and about honoring difference.


 Mental Health Professionals: All workshops offer continuing education credits.

May 17th at 10:30am PDT – AYHS Parenting Live Q&A – Tools for Raising Resilient Sensitive Youth — 80% of Americans are reporting increased stress and anxiety in our new world, and as many as a quarter of Americans may qualify for an actual diagnosis of generalize anxiety disorder. Is it instinct or culture that tells today’s parents to take care of things for their children? Especially with regard to those more than 20% of kids who have a more finely tuned nervous system, the highly sensitive ones. Live is so challenging for our sensitive children and teens that we want to protect and shelter them.

Are we serving our sensitive or anxious children when we are so very careful not to upset them? Where should we draw a line in the sand? One parent says “straighten up and fly right!” and the other parent protects that same child, making sure the world doesn’t overwhelm them…WHO IS RIGHT?

Current research tells us that parents underestimate their teens’ stress level as compared to youth self report, and tweens are proving themselves to be less effective at navigating the world than anytime in history. So how do we support the strengths of highly sensitive youth while also honoring their challenges? We’ll talk!

Resilient youth learn to take the lead in their lives. Parenting strategies for supporting resilience might surprise you. Move over “Gift of Failure” and make room for noticing and honoring their truth while also fostering brave space for the challenging times.

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May 30th – The Weekend University’s Neurodiversity Online Conference: Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person -The fascinating science behind the ‘high sensitivity’ trait (which has been found in up to 20% of the human population and more than 100 species), why many great creatives, thinkers and artists are HSP, and evidence-based approaches for turning your sensitivity into a superpower – Alane Freund. Get tickets on Eventbrite here.


Alane Freund offers several Sensitivity Circles each month, a smaller community with very personalized help addressing your concerns or challenges. Alane focusses on solutions—the ones that work for you—and we all might share our experience, strength, and hope with each other. Circles include: Parenting Sensitivity, HSPs in Relationships, HSPs at Work, Wise, Women & Wonder (women over 50). Please visit us on Eventbrite for more information and to register for our HSP Circles. If we are between sessions for the circle you are searching, please email us for more information: [email protected] Some circles require an intake interview before receiving a registration link. Parenting and relationship circles are open.

Parenting Highly Sensitive Children and Teens: 3rd Thursdays, 9am PST / Noon EST / 5pm GMT

Upcoming circle on May 20th.

Facilitated by parent, family therapist, and International Consultant on High Sensitivity, Alane Freund, MS, MA, this Sensitivity Coaching circle is for parents of all ages of HSCs and HSTeens. We discuss any and all parenting questions, concerns, or dilemmas for parenting any age child. You might also want to talk about your life as a parent. Each parent will have time to talk, ask questions, and get support in finding solutions to their unique story. Let’s face it, raising an “Orchid” is a BIG challenge. We need a team of experts and lots of emotional support. Alane promises to offer her experience, strength, and hope based on three decades of experience supporting families. Find out more and register here.

HSPs and Relationships: Every 4th Saturdays, 9am PST, Noon EST, 5pm GMT

The next circle is May 29th.

Do you fall in love hard, but fear intimacy? Are you sick of being told that you are “too sensitive”? Do you feel like your partner just doesn’t understand you? Are you in a couple with both members having competing sensitivities? Do you know how to get your needs understood and met? I think we can help.

Highly Sensitive People are different than those without the trait in terms of intimate relationships. We want and need to have deep intimate connections with both friends and romantic partners. Relationships with other HSPs and with 80 percenters both hold special challenges. But, we must also add in consideration of the other temperaments and personality traits, sex and gender, family of origin, introversion (70% of HSPs) and extroversion, and more, in order to understand who and how we are in a relationship.

Research shows that couples who understand personality and temperament in themselves and their partners are significantly more successful as couples. Each member of our circle will be invited to share a challenge and receive experience, strength, and hope from coach and family therapist, Alane Freund. We will focus on support and solutions shared as a community. Space is limited to 8 participants in each circle. To reserve ongoing spots, please purchase in advance.

Statistics show that 50 percent of what determines divorce is genetic temperament. And, if you are one of the 20 percent of people who are born highly sensitive, the risk of an unhappy relationship is especially high. Your finely tuned nervous system, which picks up on subtleties and reflects deeply, would be a romantic asset if both you and your partner understood sensitivity better. But without that understanding, your sensitivity is likely to be making your close relationships painful and complicated.

Based on Elaine N. Aron’s groundbreaking research on temperament, intimacy, and leadership in relationships with Highly Sensitive People, our coaching circle offers practical help for highly sensitive people seeking happier, healthier romantic relationships. From low-stress fighting to sensitive sexuality, we will discuss practical advice for different personality combinations, including how to use the self tests to better understand oneself and each other. 

Love is Love, LGBTQ+ HSPs/HSQs are most welcome in this circle. Register here.

HSProfessionals at Work: five-weeks in a row starting April 9th on Fridays at 9am PST / Noon EST / 5pm GMT.

Our next HSProfessionals Sensitivity Coaching group starts May 28th!

Highly Sensitive People can experience the highest level of success professionally, but it takes a toll on us. How do we survive the stressors and learn to thrive in our professional lives?

One of the most important tools for thriving as HSProfessionals is community, so I hope you will join our community in this coaching circle.

Research shows HSPs experience more stress and less job satisfaction, yet receive better performance reviews than those without the trait. This can really create a Catch-22 for us unless we adapt our work life and create environments and relationships that support us and our success.

Please join us for a five-week series of developing community, sharing strategies, and receiving coaching from International Consultant on High Sensitivity and HSProfessional, Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT (Lic.#36077). (Register soon because space is limited.)

Are You Highly Sensitive Coaching Circles with Alane Freund are using a sustainable or “green” economy price structure. The idea is that those who can, will pay at the higher level, thereby creating a level of sustainability that supports others in the community who need to pay at a lower level.

We expect this five-week series to be repeated, so please reach out to [email protected] be placed on the waiting list for the next session.

Wise Women & Wonder/WWW: 1st Sundays, 9am PST / Noon EST / 5pm GMT 

The next circle is June 6th.

Highly Sensitive Women (HSW) 50+ are invited to join in a monthly sensitivity coaching circle offering the community with support and solutions guided by coach and therapist, Alane Freund, LMFT. Wise Women in our past circles have Wondered about friendship, connection, loneliness, life changes, relationships, adult children, dating, divorcing, loss, creativity, finding purpose, changing bodies, spirituality, meditation, mindful living, well, you get the picture.

Bring your wisdom and wonder to share with us. When the pandemic is controlled, we will plan a retreat for the Wise Women so we can all gather together in person for a full day or weekend retreat.

Are You Highly Sensitive Coaching Circles with Alane Freund are using a sustainable or “green” economy price structure. The idea is that those who can, will pay at the higher level, thereby creating a level of sustainability that supports others in the community who need to pay at a lower level.

Workshops Taught by Alane Freund

  • School-based Competencies for Supporting Highly Sensitive Children and Teens.
  • Parent Education on the Trait of High Sensitivity
  • Highly Sensitive Therapists Retreat, Menla Retreat Center
  • Weekend for Highly Sensitive People: Appreciate Your Hidden Advantage
  • HSP Self-Care Immersion: A Deeper Exploration of Your Sensitive Advantage
  • Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child and Teen
  • Queer ≠ Strange: A Diversity and Competency Workshop on the LGBT Communities for Health, Education, and Business Professionals
  • Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association Annual Conference: Understanding Eagala-Model work with Highly Sensitive People

Equine-assisted Workshops in Collaboration with Heart and Mind Equine

  • HSPs & Horses: Intro Weekend Retreat
  • HSPs & Horses: Deepening into Ourselves (advanced retreat)
  • HSPs & Horses Weeklong Retreat (Intro and Deepening in one week)
  • Clinicians’ CE Credit and Training is offered at all HSPs & Horses
  • Countertransference and Therapeutic Alignment: An Equine-assisted Experiential Workshop for Mental Health Professionals
  • Graceful Boundaries: Ranking and Linking in Work and Personal Relationships
  • Referral Marketing & Networking: Attracting, Developing, & Prospering: Half-day and full-day workshops.
  • Youth Leadership Program: Weekly Ecotherapy and Leadership groups and daylong retreats for tweens and teens (middle school and high school)
  • HSP Empowerment Program

For additional information about Alane Freund’s programs and availability, please fill out the Lecture Request Form so that we can be in touch.

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