Social Worker, Coach & Mediator
Supporting Couples & Families with Giftedness and other Challenges
Coaching for Kids & Adults with Giftedness and other Challenges
Mediation for Families in Transition, such as Separation and Divorce
WHAT IS GIFTEDNESS?
Giftedness is a mind construction – a way we take in the world, perceive and organize it. That construction is statistically uncommon, in terms of speed, complexity and intensity, and many gifted people don’t recognize they are gifted because they think everyone else is like them. The way a gifted person expresses their giftedness depends on many factors, such as type (intellectual only, or intellectual plus emotional, creative, and so on), level (mild, moderate, high, exceptional or profound), presence of other challenges (such as learning disabilities or neurological abnormalities), and the amount of support, recognition, appreciation and mirroring they’ve had in their lives. In other words, giftedness does not always look the same and is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Each gifted person’s mind comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities, and that’s what we help our gifted clients to embrace and constructively co-create with in their lives!
ABOUT OUR WORK
“I don’t get scared easily, but before my first session with Jennifer I was scared – scared that leaving my job to launch my “side” business full time would be “boring” because I would be doing the same thing day after day. In that first hour with Jennifer, she challenged me to look at the problem differently and made me realize that I was a lot more suited to working in “bursts”, implementing project after project rather than having a daily routine. She changed my whole perspective that day, and after one year of working with her I can tell you it was not just a lucky shot.”
“As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, I refer frequently to Michelle Quarton to counsel, guide, and advocate for my families who have a child with disabilities. She knows how help families work productively with the schools and the school system; she is especially knowledgeable about resources for older adolescents and young adults who are making the transition from home and school to work or life in the community; and she is a genuinely kind, smart, and positive person. She is a great resource for the community.”
I worked with Jen in coaching for a while before daring to ask for a giftedness level assessment. I was really scared because I don’t want to feel like I’m “better” than anyone, but in coaching I was realizing that I was avoiding understanding myself by avoiding knowing about my gifted profile. So, we scheduled an assessment session, and it was life-changing. I realized that I am exceptionally gifted and highly empathic, and as a woman, sometimes those aspects of myself have worked in competition with each other. I want to be smart and move ahead at my speed, but I want to care for everyone and never make others suffer. Jen has helped me realize that I have a right and a real need to express my exceptionally gifted self, but that with self-awareness, I can also learn to do so in ways that does not hurt others. This is a huge revelation, and Jen and I are continuing to work on it in our coaching sessions. It’s hard to believe that, after 20 years of therapy, my life could change so much in just a half-year of knowing Jen! Thank you Jen.
Jen’s Gifted Psychology 101 course was truly transformational! I signed up hoping to come out with a solid understanding of how the gifted mind works. I came out with this and so much more! Jen designed this course brilliantly, each module professionally and thoughtfully crafted and supplemented with recommendations of the most life-changing books and resources I’ve ever read. I am grateful that Jen adapted to my specific needs and offered a creative one-on-one learning option for me. This flexibility, combined with Jen’s compassion, knowledge and deep insight instilled in me a sense of safety, trust and freedom to express myself authentically. I was able to explore and integrate the course material at a depth, pace and level of complexity that matched my drive and learning style – so refreshing! I completed GP101 feeling more enlightened as an individual, a future coach, and as a parent. Thank you Jen!
“When I started with Jennifer, I was professionally and personally drained. I thought it was the fault of everybody around me , but through coaching, Jennifer helped me not only understand myself and my standards, but also helped me manage others in my professional and social circle better. I was treating everyone as if they were me, but Jennifer for the first time in my life made me understand who I was, why I was the way I was, and most importantly understand my boundaries, a word I did not even know the meaning of. I did not know I had boundaries and that I should not let people cross them – including myself! She enlightened me in understanding that I have needs, and that I needed to listen to my inner voice and my own needs to be happy. And not just try to satisfy everyone around me, but I needed to satisfy my needs first! She did an amazing job in giving me a visibility and patience to make change, which was not easy, but Jennifer was there every corner I needed to turn and every cliff I need to jump…she gave me the confidence to jump!!!”
“Hiring a personal coach was something I was very hesitant about doing. I did not have confidence that whoever I chose would be able to really understand me as a person yet a businessman. In no time my fears were put at ease. Jennifer had amazing insight into me. Often times in the past I have felt alone, isolated and a bit of an outcast. After a few sessions I began to understand myself better and not feel at all like an outcast. I realized there were many people out there just like me. People with the same fears and worries who just needed the tools to handle them properly and put them in the proper perspective. That alone alleviated quite a bit of stress. But just as important was the caring that Jennifer showed. This was something I was not anticipating. Oftentimes she will email me to say she was thinking of me and wanted to know how I was doing. Whenever I have a question I can email her and know I’ll get a quick response and not be ‘on the clock’ for doing so. In this day and age where it seems so many people are just about the money, Jennifer is not. She TRULY cares.”
Jen’s Gifted Psychology 101 course for coaches offers an extensive and in-depth look at core components of practical psychology, highlights where and how giftedness changes the picture, and shows how it all relates to coaching. The course work also provides plenty of recommended reading for further studies on your own. My knowledge of giftedness, psychology and coaching has increased manifold – I now feel many times more competent and comfortable in my role as philosophical coach.
…And that was the professional side of things. For as it happens, during this past year of Psych 101, I seem to have undergone a complete, personal transformation. I’ve read some of the most life-transforming books I’ve ever read. The homework included some of the most important psychological work I’ve ever done – for me, personally. As friend, partner, parent. And just for how I wake up in the morning, welcome the day and what it brings, and then welcome the night when its time to sleep. I feel “upgraded”, if that makes sense. I’d do it all again, any day.
Coaching and Guidance for the Unique, Gifted and Curious
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