Peer Coaching for Gifted Teens & Adults
Peer coaching for gifted or twice-exceptional people is all about giving you the opportunity to support and be supported by a like-minded peer as you navigate your personal, professional, academic, or relational life. We help you understand the basics of coaching, so that you can best help and be helped. Peer coaching is inspirational, motivational, and provides profoundly meaningful social mirroring for gifted people don't always have easy access to peers at their level of giftedness.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
you support a gifted peer and they support you
WE MATCH YOU
we help you find a gifted peer coaching partner
WE PREPARE YOU
we train you to peer coach & help you set goals
you alternate sessions with your peer & we support you
How does gifted peer coaching help me?
Many gifted people struggle to find peers who are able to and like to speak deeply about matters. Seeking advice, guidance and peer support from non-gifted people can feel frustrating. "Just stop thinking so much", "just relax", and "just go with the flow", are common pieces of advice that frustrate gifted people looking for understanding, support and encouragement in life. When gifted people engage with their gifted peers, they find their mental complexity and intensity mirrored back to them. They feel it more easy and natural to go "at their speed", to discuss deep issues that really matter to them, and to work hard to get a big picture understanding without resorting to "easy answers". Within gifted peer coaching, conversations feel easier, which makes authentic expressing feel easier; this leads to meaningful insights, solutions, breakthroughs, inspirations, and connections.
Is it better to get professional coaching or peer coaching?
It depends on what you're looking for. Our professional coaches have years of training and experience working with gifted people, and your peer coach will not likely have such a background. If you need a professional to mentor or guide you in understanding your giftedness, or in helping you resolve complex emotional, mental health, or trauma issues, professional coaching is in order. Also, if you do not feel that you want to 'trade' the support you receive for the support you give, professional coaching is in order. If that is the case for you, contact us for a free intro session to professional coaching. However, if you would simply like a peer at your similar level of giftedness who can have meaningful discussions with you, and support and provide you insight on your journey, peer coaching is for you!
How does the peer coaching process unfold?
We help match you to a peer, and then we spend time with you and your peer via Skype to get you ready for your coaching relationship (usually one to three training sessions). After this, you are ready to start peer coaching. Sessions usually happens via phone or Skype, and you alternate sessions with your peer partner for a minimum of five sessions each. This means that you are, at minimum, the coach five times and you are the coachee five times; and you can continue as long as needed. We support you through the process, and help you work out any issues that might pop up along the way.
How much does it cost and how do I get started?
Matching is free and the cost of the training session(s) are 100 USD per peer coach per session. The peer coaching sessions cost 25 USD, with a minimum commitment of five sessions. Thus, costs start from 250 USD. You can get started by scheduling an intro call with us via the contact form below!
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Being able to talk with someone with the same level and thinking speed as well as with the same humor, is important as a highly gifted individual. During the deep discussions we had…I felt understood, challenged and supported to take my possibilities to the next level.
The typical common sense wisdom doesn’t work for gifted people, not because we’re necessarily better, but because we see, think, and feel about things with much greater complexity than others. Having a coach who understands this and has spent years of study and effort figuring out what works is invaluable on your quest.
InterGifted is run by people who actually know what it’s like to have a complex or intense mind, and many of the coaches were drawn to this work precisely because they were once ‘coachees’ and saw first hand what coaching could do for them. The bottom line is, had InterGifted coaching been available when I was young, it could have saved me from decades of personal struggle. You owe it to yourself to see what it can do for you.
If you’re considering coaching but haven’t decided, my recommendation is to JUST DO IT! Yes you’re smart, and over time you could figure it out all on your own, but that’s just the point: your time is worth something – a lot more than what you will pay your coach… One coaching session with Jen was the equivalent of at least 2 months of reading, searching, journaling, pondering, and experimenting on my own.
This is the first time I have met a person who can understand my mind and my abilities; explain needs and ways to work. It has been a huge help in my professional life. Jen is the first person who acknowledged just how different my mind is. If you are on the higher range of giftedness, I can highly recommend this service. I feel like an extremely rare, colorful bird finally released into its natural habitat.
Thanks to Jen’s insights, I’m making meaningful progress in understanding my gifted needs and nature. If you’d like to move to the next level of connecting with your gifted self, I recommend Jen as an excellent guide!
The way in which Jen communicates on an energetic level, being compassionate and driven and fully capable of viewing not just a fragment of me but holistically approaching triggering events, changed my disillusionment regarding helpful guidance into deep trust and utmost gratitude…Issues that seem to pose specific problems to highly gifted persons are no challenge for her and she will honestly and passionately provide insight in all these matters.
Thank you InterGifted for providing such a unique and well suited coaching setup for your target audience. Being able to mix and match from the group of coaches has in itself been inspiring and has provided me with renewed hope and energy. I have been searching for an appropriate coach for quite some time and had never found someone that I felt would understand all of the aspects that I wanted to discuss.
I finally feel like I can go at my speed and I don’t have to slow down or explain everything – my coach just gets me. This is a game-changer for me!
If, like me, you’re new to the whole giftedness thing and turning over stones in the hope of finding something that you don’t know you don’t know, book a session to get unbiased and your-need focused advice and insights. It’s very interactive and results in as much self-discovery as new insight offered.
I’ve been blessed and guided to meet my IG coach, which has started a new journey for me that I never thought was an option: finding out that all this time, what I thought, felt and experienced was not madness but a gift that wasn’t recognized and nurtured.
It has been very valuable to put some focus my intensities and how they can work for me and not against me. It is brilliant to have someone on the other side of the world cheering for me, believing in me and making sure that I progress and don’t get side-tracked. And the best part: I can be myself and not hold back.
It’s fantastic! Willem’s knowledge of giftedness is enormous, which helps a lot in understanding myself in context, plus understanding the context itself better. His way of coaching…is an adventurous journey into learning about all aspects of giftedness that are useful for you in your given situation.
I was so relieved to discover that something like gifted coaching exists! I’ve had help from many other therapists and coaches over the years, with only partial results. Now for the first time in my life, I feel like someone understands me, and I’ve made more progress in two sessions than I had in all my years of therapy! Thank you so much.