Course Information

Self-paced video
American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Health Coach Alliance (HCA)
Canadian Association of Integrative Nutrition (CAIN)
Eligible for NBCC Home Study Credits
Dr. Wendy Nickerson
Jeannette Folan, RHC


Join the international psychologists, therapists, coaches and health professionals who completed this certification and obtain better results with their highly sensitive clients

In the late 1990’s the Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) trait (also known as Highly Sensitive Person or HSP) was identified by Dr. Elaine Aron and colleagues. Affecting 15-20% of the population — yet accounting for 30-50% of clients seeking mental health support — this trait has a strong influence on the ability to interact and thrive in the everyday world as common stimuli from the environment produce uncommon reactivity in the nervous system of HSPs, resulting in biological and psychological challenges.

Many clients are being treated for depression and anxiety without acknowledgement or treatment of their underlying SPS/HSP trait. This is crucial to their overall psychological health and recovery.

A clear understanding of this temperament / trait and the acquisition of appropriate therapeutic tools for HSPs will help you build a relationship of trust and positive changes in your client.

Expand your knowledge, skills and business

Who should take this course?
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  • Mental health professionals including psychologists, counselors, therapists, licensed clinical social workers and coaches.
  • Healthcare professionals such as general practitioner doctors, nurses/nurse practitioners, nutritionists, long-term caregivers, and massage therapists will benefit from much of the course content.
  • Non-healthcare professionals such as teachers and school guidance counselors will benefit from much of the course content and supplemental materials.
  • This course is NOT intended for non-professionals or parents of highly sensitive children.
Why become HSP Certified?

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  • 30-50% of clients seeking mental health / wellness support are HSPs struggling with depression, anxiety and other life challenges.
  • Identifying as an HSP relieves many psychosomatic issues.
  • The methods & support for HSPs are different and far more effective than what is appropriate for other clients.
  • More people are learning about and identifying as Highly Sensitive, and are seeking support from specialized professionals.
  • Getting certified with the Nickerson Institute provides an opportunities to grow your HSP clientele via two online directories and marketing support.

"Excellent course. Informative, engaging and creatively made. I didn't expect it would cover so much and open me up for new methods of helping HSPs (and also non HSP)!

I am so happy that I took this course and I would recommend it to all - both for those who are new to the HSP trait and those who already have some knowledge about the topic."

Daria Turowska, Stress Coach - Poland

What you'll learn...

Training topics included in the 10 hour certification program

Overview of Sensory Processing Sensitivity
The history, assessments and mistaken conditions
The Neurological Process & Physiological Challenges of HSPs
How does an HSP's brain work and why does it affect their physical health?
The Psychology of HSPs
and how the trait impacts childhood development and adult socialization
The Social-Emotional Challenges of HSPs
Why identity, boundaries and relationships are difficult and tools to help your clients
HSP Self-Care: Motivating your Client and Avoiding Pitfalls
Common triggers, behavioral habits and self-care tools
In-Session Practices & Traditional Therapy Methods
Practical steps to a productive session, learning the HSP cues and what they mean, and using vocabulary
Alternative Therapy Methods and Spirituality
Eastern mind-body practices, energy psychology techniques and spiritual development
Course Review
8 Key take-aways including downloadable summary guide

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"Highly professional, engaging, deep, amazingly well done and with so much valuable material that the course turns out to be an ongoing lifetime instrument to learn about ourselves and our clients.  One of the best courses I have ever had in my entire life."

Dr. Leonardo Mazzei - Austria

Course Features

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive:

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Digital certificate accredited by the AADP, CCPA, CAIN/CHA
Or order a hardcopy for framing
Seal from the Nickerson Institute
This confirms course completion and can be displayed on your website/marketing material
100+ page digital Energy Skills workbook for HSP adults
Teen version is also available
Digital copy of  “Discovering the Power of Sensitivity"
A guidebook for parents and activity book for children
Personalized listing in online directory
specifically for HSP certified professionals
Marketing guide
offering tips for how to market yourself as an HSP trained professional on your website and social media (includes content for your website)
A quarterly professional bulletin
providing continued knowledge and resources for you and your HSP clients

Course Objectives


Guest presenters for this program include:

"I just completed the HSP Certification and can't say enough good things about it! What a wonderful resource! I feel so happy to have found your organization. The course is a great value while offering detailed education and practical tools to take into my practice with sensitive clients. I will highly recommend it!"

Lauren Hunter, Coach
"This is course has really helped me to better understand the high sensitivity trait and what it means to be an HSP. It finally helped me to put words to my own experiences and I know will help my clients better navigate their own internal world. So many "aha" moments! I truly believe all HSP and non-HSP clinicians should learn more about high sensitivity given that such a high percentage of therapy clients identify as a HSP. It will really support clients in feeling that their whole self is seen, understood, and accepted."

Alexandra Tan | BSW, MSW, RSW
"I loved this course. It was highly informative and I am excited to put the information into practice with my clients!"

Megan Phillis
"Highly professional, engaging, deep, amazingly well done and with so much valuable material that the course turns out to be an ongoing lifetime instrument to learn about ourselves and our clients.  One of the best courses I have ever had in my entire life."

Dr. Leonardo Mazzei | Austria
"I have been working with clients for the past few years that are highly sensitive.  This course taught me valuable information and confirmed especially the therapies I practice.   I did not know so much was related to infancy, trauma and attunement."

Barbara Gilmore | Registered Counsellor, British Columbia
"What a wealth of information! This course has exceeded my expectations by a lot. Not only have I personally learnt a lot of new things related to the subject of High Sensitivity, but it also provides extremely valuable materials in working with HSP clients. Thank you for this wonderful course!"

Lena Mutschler | Health Coach student, Greece
"The information presented in the course was fascinating, especially that related to a clinical perspective, which is hard to find anywhere else. I appreciate the time you took to compile this information and connect it to the current research and studies that exist. This saved me a lot of time and effort, and also helped me to feel more confident as an HSP in a helping role for HSP clients."

Lisa Morrison | Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT) and Life Coach Practitioner
"I recommend the course to anyone who wants to learn and professionalize for HSPs. It was both an informative and a fun course!"

Figen Sekmen Süzük | Certified NLP & Life Coach
"Excellent course. Very informative. The course format makes further exploring a topic discussed in session easy.  Very glad to have completed this training!"

Victoria Cop | Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
"As we are learning how common the HSP trait is both in humans in general, but more specifically, in the therapy room, it is becoming increasingly vital that therapeutic helpers understand, appreciate, and feel confident in working with this population.  This course is a great fit for helpers new to the concept of the highly sensitive personality, as well as to those who are HSP's themselves and have understood and worked with the trait for years. "

Tricia Klassen | Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
"I learned a lot about Energy Psychology and have already been able to pass this information along to my HSP clients.  The overview and suggestions provided with this section will help me guide my HSP clients in finding the right tools for themselves. "

Lisa Franklin MSW, LCSW, CSAYC | Peace Family Counseling
"This course was a fantastic experience of self-reflection and educational material that supports the practitioner and teaches skills to help the client. I plan on referring back to this course for a long time in the future as what I have learned is incredible information. I am so glad I took this course!"

Irish Dhindsa | Registered Psychotherapist
"Very useful and a lot of great and informative references! A great value!"

Raffaello Saracini | MND Coaching
"It was so resourceful! Everything was presented in such a detailed and professional manner, that I was never bored or wanting more.  I especially liked the video materials to explain how the HSP's perceive the world. Thank you so much. I really enjoyed this course! And will be sharing all the wisdom with all my clients in Estonia!"

Hanna-Leana Kuus | Executive Coach
"I knew quite a bit about HSPs, but I still found this course very interesting and learned a lot.  I highly recommend the course to other mental health professionals."

Lian Kirksæther | Certified Coach & NLP Master Therapist
"I loved it! It empowered me in a fluid way to better understand what it is to be a HSP, get acquainted  with tools to act on my  daily life, know therapeutic tools that I can use with my clients. It's an enlightenment."

Sofia Loureiro |
Certified Natural Practitioner, BSc, MNat, PhD
"The course shows in-depth knowledge about how to relate to HSPs and how to help them in therapy."

Susana Gonzalez
"I found the program easy to follow. It kept me engaged. I encourage everyone to participate in the course, it is an extremely valuable experience."

Aleksandra Kubala -Kulpińska
 | School educator, pedagogical therapist, special educator and coach
"I enjoyed participating in this course. I found it useful and rich in extra material and information."

Maura Cavalcanti | Italy
professional certification course

This course includes:

  • Engaging video lectures
  • Course slides
  • 100+ citations
  • Illustrated handouts
  • Module quizzes
  • Digital certificate
  • Nickerson Institute seal
  • Marketing guide
  • Listing in HSP directory
  • HSP client workbooks
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