Here I am, hello there!
And this is me at age three with a death grip on my beach chair and a belly full of nerves.
I was born anxious.
My mom tells me I did not leave the beach chair that day because I thought the sand was too hot, too coarse, and too grainy. This pretty much sums up most of my life growing up.
Everything felt TOO much, including me.
I sat in the back of classrooms and danced on the outskirts of social settings because that’s all I could manage without getting overwhelmed.
Author Judith Orloff describes the experience of being highly sensitive as going through the world feeling with 50 fingers as opposed to 10 and that is exactly how I felt.
Walking around in a sensitive body allowed me to accurately pick up the feelings of others and take them on as my own. I fast became focused on my friend’s problems and tended to gravitate towards those who seemed to be in the most pain and the one’s who were not socially accepted.
I could meet them there. I knew pain and identified with being alone.
By the time high school hit, I was feeling so much, a lot of which was not mine, that I could not bear being in my body any longer. So I left it. Food became my escape route. For nearly a decade, food consumed my every waking thought. It is what I woke up thinking about and how I plotted my days. Often, I found myself tip toeing around the house in the middle of the night to raid the fridge. I lead this secretive and incredibly small existence but I was safe. I did not have to feel the intensity of my own feelings and that of those around me.
I was successfully numb.
Under the whirling anxiety and bouts of depression that came with my compulsion to food, raged incredible digestive/auto-immune disorders that made it impossible to function “normally” in the world. I yearned for normalcy and longed for connection, it just felt so far away.
It was not until I stumbled on the trait of high sensitivity that I was able to really, fully heal. Living in a sensitive body and not understanding myself felt like an absolute curse but I can honestly say, after learning how to meet my needs and lead with all that I sense, I see it as an incredible blessing.
Kate Read received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Fairfield University in the spring of 2006. She went on to receive her holistic nutrition training and certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition ® earning accreditation from The American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and Purchase College, SUNY. Before founding Kate Read, LLC in January of 2011, Kate worked in digital advertising media in New York City.
Inspired by Ane Axford’s Sensitive Leadership Program which utilizes The Highly Sensitive Hierarchy of Needs™ (HSHN), Kate completed Ane’s 10-month course in order to enhance her ability to serve this sensitive niche. Kate later ventured down the path of energy healing, getting her Level II Reiki Certification (Usui Reiki Ryoho) while working closely with a private healing center in NYC. Most recently she earned pre-certification as a Universal Health Principles Practioner™ which combines scientific knowledge of the universe coupled with direct conversation with the body and it’s biofield.
Kate currently lives in the green mountains of Waterbury Vermont where she remotely runs her 1:1 coaching practice full-time. She is heavily involved in the healing arts community and continues to participate in programs that help her to better serve her own well being as well as her growing community.