Mentally speaking, gifted people often work more by “skip-stepping” and “meta-thinking” through ideas and feelings rather than going linearly via step-by-step logic. In working with a gifted coach who understands - and shares - this statistically uncommon mental pattern and rhythm, gifted clients often find relief for being able to move at their own pace while simultaneously being understood by their coach. Gifted clients also benefit immensely from the insight provided by their coach's knowledge of the mechanisms and structure of the gifted mind. Gifted coaching is both a logic process - learning how one's gifted mind works and how to use it well -, and an emotional process - feeling safe to be and explore one's gifted self in the presence of a gifted professional who understands.

Working with a gifted coach also helps combat misdiagnosis. Since giftedness often masquerades as other issues, such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and so on, gifted people risk being misdiagnosed. Working with a gifted coach allows you to sort through what is due to your giftedness, what is due to other potential factors, and how you can best thrive based on your unique intelligence and mental health profile.

We have one body-based trauma therapist on our team, and you can learn about and contact her here. Otherwise, we refer to external therapists via our gifted therapy search services.

Most generally speaking, coaching is forward-looking and creative toward building a future, while therapy is backward-looking and therapeutic toward healing your past. Oftentimes, therapy is a process that prepares one to fully engage in the coaching dynamic, as it is easier to take constructive action when past wounds are healed. Another way of looking at the difference between the approaches is that therapy is aimed at bringing one back to "neutral" (healthy), while coaching is aimed at thriving.
You can learn more about the differences on our Coaching Page and our Therapy Page. Additionally, our coach Miriam van der Valk has written a beautiful article on our InterGifted blog exploring the difference between the approaches, and you may appreciate reading Coaching vs. Therapy - A Perspective on the differences between coaching and therapy as well.
If you are unsure of which approach is right for you, email us and we can help you sort through the question and make fitting recommendations.

First and foremost, we require that all the coaches in our network be themselves gifted and have gone through their own giftedness discovery and integration journey. More formally, we require that they have training in three areas: basic psychology principles, coaching techniques, and working with gifted populations. Some of our coaches are licensed psychologists (though currently we do not offer therapy as a service) and have advanced degrees; and many of our coaches have followed extensive (year-long) training with our founder Jennifer Harvey Sallin via her training courses, as well as ongoing individual training and supervision sessions. One more important factor is that all of our coaches are themselves gifted (and many of us are twice- or multi-exceptional). We've had to do the hard work of learning to thrive in a non-gifted dominant world, so beyond our studies, we also lived experience as a gifted peer.

Many of our clients come to us after having worked with one or more non-gifted helping professionals, which while somewhat beneficial, did not succeed in helping them understand the complex functioning of their minds and did not ultimately get to the heart of the matter. A helping professional who is not aware of the pattern and experience of gifted cognition may not grasp the profound roots of the complex self- and relational theories their gifted clients create, and thus may not offer help at the level of complexity and intensity at which the help is needed. Cognitively speaking, gifted clients sometimes quickly “outgrow” non-gifted therapists or coaches whose reasoning speed and comprehension differ significantly from their clients'. This “cognitive mismatch” has been known to lead gifted clients to feeling stifled or even betrayed by the same professional that was initially helpful; sometimes leading a gifted client to conclude that either they, their coach/therapist, or the coaching or therapeutic process itself is (or sometimes both) flawed. This can at times initiate a kind of self-defeating cycle of skepticism for the gifted person: they need help, but become skeptical of the possibility of receiving it.

Our network was created help make these challenges easier to resolve, both by providing easier access to gifted coaches and helping professionals, and by helping gifted clients to know how to seek and find appropriate help from a gifted coach whose approach and level of cognition are a good match to their own.

Send us a message with a bit about you, your giftedness discovery journey, what you're hoping to accomplish or discover via coaching, and your budget and location, and we will connect you with one (or more) of our coaches.

The number and frequency of sessions depends on your needs, goals and budget. Some clients wanting to evaluate or learn about their giftedness take only one or a few sessions. Others who desire ongoing support for career development, relationships, parenting, or other more complex goals take ongoing sessions for months, or sometimes even years.

Yes, and we will help you throughout that process. Many times, gifted clients are working on several themes at once or consecutively (such as entrepreneurial or career goals, self-care goals, and parenting goals) and want to work with more than one coach at any give time. You can also work with our coaches consecutively, depending on your needs, budget and timeline. We help you create a customized plan to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of your coaching efforts, and to help you continually find the support you need in the various aspects and phases of your life.

Our coaches will let you know if they feel that some or all of your needs fall into the scope of therapy rather than coaching, and they or our support team will assist you in connecting with a gifted-knowledgeable therapist that fits you well. If you feel you want to start with therapy, we can help you with that here.

Many of our clients like to start with a qualitative giftedness assessment, as it provides a clear look at your unique cognitive profile and opportunities, and includes customized coaching or other recommendations. If you don't feel ready for an assessment (or it is for any reason not relevant for you at this time), we also offer orienting sessions, which are not coaching per se, but are rather aimed at getting an overview of your situation and providing clear feedback and direction for your giftedness integration / personal development journey.

Our coaches all work via Skype/zoom/phone for anyone around the world, including kids, couples, and families. We also work in person, when possible, in which case many of us have our sessions in casual and comfortable settings, such as in cafés or during walks in nature. For those who prefer writing to talking, many of our coaches also offer written sessions (via email or chat).

No. Our coaches collectively offer sessions in the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish.

Since our coaches are all over the world, costs range from 130 CAD per hour to 170 Swiss Francs per hour depending on location and experience. Please let us know if you have a specific budget limit when you contact us, so that we can be sure to recommend the best fitting coach to you, including from a financial perspective. Our coaches charge by the session (no packages).