Jen’s Gifted Psychology 101 course has been a double journey. I enrolled to gain professional knowledge and month after month I felt more comfortable and ready to offer support to gifted clients. Jennifer has given me an organised path to follow which has improved my competence and also helped to make order in the cluster of information I previously gained self-studying. The unexpected surprise has been the personal journey. As the weeks went by I noticed how the new learning and the homework tasks were positively affecting my self-affirmation journey.
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
“Working with Jen first in group sessions, then in individual sessions for the last three years has really helped me to continue growing as a young adult. She has coached me on how to deal with my career in general, such as communicating difficult decisions to my superior, making tough career decisions by following my passion, managing impostor syndrome, finding my personal rhythm at work and balancing it with family life. Overall, I’ve learned how to manage my time so that I have become more efficient based on my personal needs, learning how to set my boundaries towards others and gain the full authority over my life. Jen’s coaching has made a big difference in my personal development these last three years and I’d strongly recommend her coaching sessions to anyone who is interested in self- and career- development.”
“When I first contacted Jennifer for professional coaching, I did so hoping for a number of possible outcomes. I thought coaching might reveal my current role in a clearer light and help me perform it in a more effective and satisfying way. Or perhaps coaching might finally convince me that the time was right to pursue radically new possibilities. The reality was that it somehow managed to do both at the same time. Through a continuously evolving series of discussions, explorations and reflections on recommended readings, Jennifer enabled me to reframe my sense of self and to identify and overcome several long-standing personal and professional challenges. I was pointed towards the work of numerous inspiring writers and public speakers, often bringing me back in touch with truths I knew as a child but had lost in adulthood. Sometimes reassuring, sometimes provocative, always interested, Jennifer showed the knowledge, experience and insights needed to help me rebalance my position in life and in the professional world. All in all, this has been and continues to be an investment of huge value to me and my work.”
“In the time I’ve spent working with Jen, I’ve learned many things. Of these lessons learned the most important to me was learning to accept that life is full of positive experiences and negative experiences, positive people and negative people. Many of the variables in our lives are not within our control. We can’t control everything that happens, and we can’t control how other people act. The only thing we can control is ourselves and the way we react to life’s many circumstances. Jen helped me learn how to accept myself, and my life fully. She taught me to accept that the worst may happen but to go out and live my life anyway because a life of fear is not really a life at all. Jen helped me to take control of my life again and in doing so I got my life back.”
“What can I say about Jennifer’s coaching work? I can’t even begin to find the words.
As a profoundly gifted adult, I have found other consultants, counsellors and psychologists to be a poor fit for my rapidly evolving and fractally intense needs. Therefore, even though I actively sought mentoring for years, I never, ever, felt genuinely helped by any of the professionals I’d spoken to. I was always left sad and disappointed and just made do with what little I got. Most of the time, I would overwhelm them with the ways and means I’d already researched, applied and tackled. Many were the times I would prepare extensively for a session, going in with all my notes, hoping to tell them, “Well, here’s what I’ve done, so I was wondering if you have anything further to suggest?” and to receive a response along the lines of, “Oh okay, well if those haven’t worked as well as you desired, here’s what more you can do.” No. In fact, every time it’s either a blank face, an overwhelmed face, a bored face, or even a threatened face, and then complete change of subject or a reversion to patent basics, again and again. It was mutually frustrating and resource depleting.
With Jennifer, however, I realised that what I needed and craved all these decades was challenge. I needed a coach who could challenge me to push my comfort zones beyond what I was capable of on my own, without a professionally neutral third-party perspective. I needed a coach who was not only as driven as I am myself to constantly evolve, self-actualise and even self-transcend, but who also approaches those goals as a profoundly gifted person would. This made such a difference to my sense of self, identity and worth, when I realised that I wasn’t wrong all these years, I was simply working with the wrong people out of sheer ignorance.
Gifted people need gifted coaches. There is no two ways about it. We need a gifted coach who can not only match our speed, intensity and diversity but who is also trained and personally experienced with all the skills and toolsets required to achieve what we desire.
Jennifer is an extremely wise, compassionate and skillful coach who not only has the professional training and capacity but also a unique kindness and genuine curiosity that allows her to connect with her gifted clients as fellow human beings, and that is a quality is so rare to find in coaches and mentors these days. My sessions with Jennifer always leave me feeling seen and heard, appreciated and supported and most importantly of all, spiritually, psychologically and practically empowered to take the next right small step toward creating the life I desire and deserve as who I am.”
It’s hard to describe what happened to me when I did my assessment with Jen. It was like a whole split in my life happened, in a good way. I couldn’t believe that she was able to read me and my mind so clearly, and it was hard to hold in my tears of relief throughout our entire session. Perhaps most helpful was that she was not only able to see into my mind and describe it with crystal clarity, but she was able to help me see what I could do concretely in my life to make room for my full flourishing. I had had an IQ test ages before, and it had never helped me understand my mind or what to do with it in my real life. Now I feel like I have a manual for myself and a map of where to go and how to get there.
Jen’s time management course for gifted people goes way beyond simple time management techniques. It allows profound self-reflection and group sharing on the aspects of ourselves and our lives which make it challenging to manage our professional and personal responsibilities. Included are identifying our needs, rhythms, personality style, letting go, and going to the essential. It has been the best self-development course I’ve taken – one from which I have seen a clear “before” and “after” in my life!
“Michelle is an excellent listener, quick to assess issues that need to be addressed. She employs a deliberate and consistent analytical approach assisting you gently through the problem solving process. Michelle does not provide you the answer, her strength is she guides you so that you determine the best solution for your own unique situation.”
Coaching and Guidance for the Unique, Gifted and Curious
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