About Jacquelyn

LifeWorks for Highly Sensitive People (Since 1999)
Jacquelyn Strickland, a Licensed Professional Counselor (Since 1993)
is now working with HSPs as a mentor and coach.

You can contact her at  jacquelyn@hspgatheringretreats.com  
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Jacquelyn and Elaine at the 7th HSP Gathering Retreat, june 2007 Walker Creek Ranch, 60 miles NW of San Francisco

Jacquelyn and Elaine at the 7th HSP Gathering Retreat, june 2007 Walker Creek Ranch, 60 miles NW of San Francisco

Jacquelyn has often been referred to as the “pioneer” of the national and international HSP Movement since co-founding the HSP Gathering Retreats in 2001 with Dr. Elaine Aron.  In reality, it is the highly revered, Dr. Elaine Aron, who is the true pioneer in this movement. Her groundbreaking work has truly changed the lives of millions of HSPs through the publication of her six books, which have been printed in 14 different languages.  I will, like many others, be eternally grateful to her.

Jacquelyn became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1993 and has now transitioned her psychotherapy practice to coaching and mentoring, which is not therapy but is definitely therapeutic.    Her background in Social Work, Women’s Studies & Cultural Diversity and a graduate degree in Counseling have informed her work with highly sensitive people.  She is a member of ICHS – International Consultants High Sensitivity, a professional, national, and international group of HPSs who were trained by Elaine Aron in March of 2018.   She makes a cameo appearance in the first film about HSPs:  Sensitive: The Untold Story.  Many libraries now offer this film free of charge through a service called Kanopy.  You can also purchase or rent the film at www.sensitivethemovie.com  

Jacquelyn is an HSP , first finding out about the HSP trait while waiting for a bus in Marin County in May 1996.  There was a flyer posted there from Elaine Aron when she was looking for research participants for her Ph.D. work, which would later become her first book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You.

She is a sensitive extrovert, and mildly high sensation seeking. Her childhood wounds were related to growing up in a financially impoverished environment and witnessing her single-parent mother, a non-HSP, working two jobs for many years to support her family.  Despite her own struggles as a woman and mother during the ’50s and ’60’s,  Jacquelyn remembers her mother as an incredibly strong, kind, caring, spiritual, and loving person, and she realizes the gifts she was given:  unconditional love, always being seen, and heard, and appreciated and loved for being sensitive.   These gifts provided Jacquelyn with a strong spiritual life and allowed her to honor, though not always manifest, the many visions she often received growing up.

Jacquelyn’s life took a major change in 1973 when she was fortunate to have a synchronistic encounter which led her to San Francisco, California. It was there she first heard the words, sexism, classism, and racism in her first Women’s Studies class in January 1973 at City College of San Francisco.   Her involvement with the Women’s Movement during the ’70s empowered her as a woman, and subsequently, unbeknownst and much to her grateful surprise, this involvement provided her with tools, education, and confidence to become empowered as an HSP as well.

As a child, Jacquelyn was always aware of those who were struggling or marginalized., and as a result, she has changed the lives of hundreds of people.    As an adult, one of her life purposes was revealed:  that of Social Justice Activist.  This role first manifested in 1983 when she founded a Mother’s Center in Durango, Colorado, which focused on research, service & advocacy around the needs of the primary caregiver.    This Mother’s Center is now the LaPlata County Family Resource Center.

The HSP Gathering Retreats came to her in a vision while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, and they were later co-created by her and Dr. Elaine Aron in 2000.  The first HSP Gathering was held in May 2001 and have since reached hundreds of HSPs   HSP Gatherings have been held in the United Kingdom (2006, 2009, 2011, 2018); British Columbia, Canada (2005, 2010); North Carolina (2009, 2012); Colorado (2007, 2009 and 2013, 2016); and numerous retreats on both the East and West Coasts of the U.S.   See the history here:  http://lifeworkshelp.com/Retreat_History.pdf  

Jacquelyn and Lifeworks for Highly Sensitive People are committed to harmonious personal and social transformation aimed at creating inclusive environments of individuality, belonging and mutual respect; self-discovery and healing; positive regard, and goodwill.

She is has been certified in Myers Briggs Personality Inventory, since 1991;  holds an EMDR, Level II certification, and is trained in Hypnotherapy.

She delights in offering the annual HSP Gathering Retreats, nationally and internationally.  She offers smaller Colorado HSP Weekend Retreats and has started offering smaller Nature as Teacher & Healer retreats in the mountains of Colorado where she lives.

Due to Covid, these in-person retreats have been on hold…but will be scheduled once it is safe to gather in groups again.

Finally, Jacquelyn has been married to a non-HSP introvert since 1978 and is the mother of two grown sons, one an HSP and one a very kind person.  She has three grandchildren born in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Connect with Jacquelyn at her  website: www.lifeworkshelp.com  or on Facebook page at:   https://www.facebook.com/HSPGatheringRetreats.    You can sign up for her newsletter,
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