Giftedness Integration Work and Gifted Coaching are exploratory and creative methods that support you, as a gifted or multi-exceptional adult, to reclaim and rebuild a life-path based on the innate wisdom of your own unique gifted mind. We are an international organization offering online gifted integration & coaching sessions throughout the world, which you can learn about below. For gifted therapy, we refer to gifted therapists outside of our organization; you can learn about our therapy search service on our gifted therapy page.
GIFTED SELF-DEVELOPMENT ORIENTING SESSIONS
To get started with gifted intergration and coaching work, we often recommend orienting sessions, which are one-time (or several) online consultation sessions aimed at getting an overview of your situation and orienting you toward the most fitting direction and resources for you on your giftedness integration / personal development and/or healing journey. These are not coaching sessions, but rather serve to orient you to the gifted-specific support world, looking at the big picture of your situation and offering recommendations for the best next steps for your self-discovery / self-development journey. These sessions take place on zoom.us, typically last 1 to 1.5 hours, and cost 170 CHF per hour.
Orienting sessions can be held with the coaches pictured below. You can learn about each of them by clicking on their names, and contact them directly to schedule. Sessions are available in English & German. If you are unsure with whom you'd like to meet, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share some basic background information yourself about what you'd like support with, and we will match you to the best-fitting orienting coach.
GIFTEDNESS INTEGRATION WORK
Giftedness Integration Work is designed for gifted adults who have just (re)discovered their giftedness or who feel ready to look deeper into the role their giftedness plays in their lives, and more consciously embrace the wisdom of their unique cognition. This work includes a series of online sessions to explore, get to know, and apply the various aspects of your giftedness and your extended cognitive profile (such as specific areas of intelligence or multi-exceptionalities) to your life. This work is particularly fruitful following the completion of a giftedness assessment, though a certain amount can be done without an assessment.
For Giftedness Integration Work, it is important that clients be in a stable emotional situation and are ready to embrace and walk their unique path with the support of a coach. For clients who are in crisis or other emotional upheaval, we recommend starting with a therapy search.
The coaches pictured below are available for online Giftedness Integration Work sessions, each focusing on a particular aspect of integration in their work. Session cost depends on the coaches' location and level of experience, ranging from 130 CAD to 160 euros. You can click on our coaches' names to learn more and get in touch to schedule an appointment:
exploring specific aspects of your unique giftedness profile after an assessment; integrating neurodivergence
mindful integration of giftedness & neurodivergence for women, adolescents, parents & families
Gifted coaching is designed to support specific goals in your life. It is for gifted adults who are in a stable emotional state and situation, but need the creative collaboration of a gifted & gifted-knowledgeable coach for important life and career decisions, planning, personal or professional project building, navigating academia or family life, or pursuing another specific goal. For clients who are in crisis or other emotional upheaval, we recommend starting with a therapy search.
Coaching can be short-term or long-term, depending on your needs for support. All of the coaches pictured above (for orienting and giftedness integration work) are also available for gifted coaching. Additionally, we have an extended network of gifted coaches who offer gifted-specific coaching on additional themes, such as:
- creative writing coaching
- philosophical coaching
- positive disintegration coaching
- executive functioning skills coaching
- mentoring for navigating academia
- gifted parenting coaching
Cost for coaching sessions depends on the coaches' location and level of experience, and ranges from 130 CAD to 160 euros per hour. All sessions take place on zoom.us, and we offer coaching in the following languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish.
You can learn more on our Coaching FAQ page and read about our clients' experiences with us on our testimonials page. Reach out to us directly (above) or via the form below / email@example.com to inquire about coaching with us.
COACHING GROUPS & COURSES
Many of us also teach workshops and courses & guide specialized groups, which you can learn about on our courses page.
How can you know if you're ready for working with us?
- Our giftedness integration and coaching work are designed for adults who are ready and excited to explore their giftedness and are currently able to actively apply what they learn in their personal development process. This work takes place in the realms of courage, acceptance, willingness and hope, and focuses on building a life based on one's core values and authentic needs and interests.
- Given the purpose, format and ethical constraints of our work, it is important for our clients to be in a stable and non-rushed emotional and psychological state, and to be comfortable working with the notion of giftedness following the giftedness model we use. As a reference, this work is designed for clients who find themselves in the realm of 61-100 on the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale.
- We are not able to provide crisis support, so if you’re going through a period of crisis, extreme emotional or existential pain or turmoil, or unmanageable fear, anger, grief, shame or apathy, we recommend reaching out to a local, qualified professional for support.
- If you are not in crisis, but are in need of healing and support in a therapeutic relationship, you may be a good fit for our InterGifted body trauma therapist Esther Goldinger, or for a gifted-specific therapy recommendation via our Therapy Search Service.
- Often, gifted and multi-exceptional clients are working on various aspects of their development simultaneously (i.e. trauma healing and learning how to thrive with their giftedness), and some work with us in giftedness integration and coaching on the constructive aspects of their development, all the while simultaneously getting support from a therapist on the healing aspects of their development.
- You can learn more about the differences between coaching and therapy by reading our Gifted Therapy Page, our FAQs, and the following articles: Philosophical Coaching for Gifted People, by Miriam van der Valk; and Coaching vs. Therapy - A Perspective, by Vicki Hart, John Blattner & Staci Leipsic.
- If you are still unsure which method would work best for you at this time, or how to skillfully combine the approaches, we recommend scheduling an orienting session in which we'll help you clarify the best way forward, given your current needs and goals.
EMAIL US TO SCHEDULE
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact form below to schedule an orienting, integration work, or coaching session. Tell us about where you are on your giftedness discovery / integration journey and what kind of support you are looking for at this time. If you have any trouble with the form submission below, or you don't hear back from us within one week of submitting the form, please email us directly at email@example.com.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
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.
Karin works with me in the form of an informal conversation in a safe atmosphere. She picks me up from where I’m in my actual developmental state. I feel encouraged to try new steps, gain other point of views – expansion of consciousness. I learned to realize and acknowledge that I’m really gifted. She helps me to develop my authentic self. I learn about myself, how I’m functioning, about healthy boundaries that help me, as an empathic, overexcitable person to be in the outer world, without self-betrayal. I feel answered, legitimized and alive. Thank you Karin for your loving support.
For the first few years after learning I was gifted, determining my level of giftedness seemed like something unnecessary to pursue. It was enough to know why I was different. But after talking to Jen, I discovered that identifying my level was actually a necessary key for unlocking the ways in which I mask my giftedness, not only from others, but also from myself. 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!
Talking to Silver was crucial for me and still is, every time. I encounter a person who looks further into infinity than I ever knew when we talk. Silver really does that. She stands firm and—as she uses the word “intrepid”—really owns up to the name “Intrepid Integrity”. I am blown away. Views I held dear and that were actually doing me more harm than anything else, I could finally see as such : just thoughts. And that was the case only after ONE session. I thought about what she said ALL the time and still do. When there is a tough situation for me, I wonder, “What would I tell Silver and how would I tell her?” and the words arise naturally, as well as the attitude that I need. I meet a fellow human and a person I look up to whenever we connect and I take this opportunity again—here—to say, “Thank you Silver, for all you did for me, for all you do even when you are not around—in a sense you still are. Meeting you is a great gift to me and the help you provide allows me to fix up family members’ stories and therefore put back together a situation that is a big mess and was so for generations. Big, big issues are taken care of, which would otherwise be impossible to handle on my own. The world needs this contribution. I do. Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do.
I’m doing a formal coaching trajectory with Willem Kuipers around work-related issues. It’s fantastic! His (academic) knowledge of giftedness is enormous, which helps a lot in understanding myself in context, plus understanding the context itself better. Because of this specific knowledge Willem is able to exactly explain why things work the way they do, and that’s based on thorough research combined with the right kind of intuition. Besides this, he is a gentle and sensitive person who very carefully phrases his thoughts and suggestions. Willem has also developed practical tools about personal preferences and career parameters that are very helpful. His way of coaching has very little to do with the regular Human Resources approach, and is an adventurous journey into learning about all aspects of giftedness that are useful for you in your given situation. For me, it all really works very well.”
I have had two inspiring coaching sessions with Jen. I chose to be coached by her because of the click and her specific expertise. 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 discussion we had about personality types, I felt understood, challenged and supported to take my possibilities to the next level. I got valuable information to help me understand how things work in my head, based on my personality type. Since talking with Jen, I understand better why I fare better in some situations than others, and where my focus should be. I am ready to explore different opportunities for myself work and study wise. Jen also helped me explore where my existential depression stems from and how to prevent or deal with it, when it arises again. Thank you Jen, for your great insights and support!
Sandra was a wonderful guide throughout my introduction to learning about my giftedness. Sandra and I clicked because she is also gifted and because I am finally experienced what’s known as “mirroring”. Genuine mirroring is crucial to a gifted person’s development and is rare. The mirroring I experienced with Sandra cannot be manufactured despite what many experts teach. Genuine mirroring is natural, reliable and authentic. Sandra taught me everyday guiding principles that were customized to me. Most frequently, I apply that I can slow down and stop any time I choose. I remind myself of this principle not only when I go into perfectionist mode, but also when others expect me to be perfect; to do and be it all. I also use it when I’m going down a new path and something doesn’t feel quite right or isn’t flowing. People have told me to slow down my whole life, but Sandra’s words were the first to hit home for me. She showed me that it’s my choice. Sandra helped me to realize that I have a tendency to “fill in” where I’m needed and wanted, which is a passive way of living life for others and not myself. I promptly resigned as President for an organization that no longer resonated with me. People have asked me if I was living the life I wanted, but Sandra’s words of “filling in” were the first to hit home for me. I believe that I can learn anything and that, in areas where I struggle, it would only require someone explaining it to me in a way that no one else had before. Sandra’s quick and simple explanations just click and have improved my life in a very short, painless, period of time. It has been a wonderful experience working with Sandra.
It is always a joy speaking with Jen. It is a form of syncing, speaking and thinking in tandem, profound and meaningful, in a way that might send us both into a wild laughing fit. At last, here is a conversation where communication feels crisp and clear, unmuddled and deconfused. And at the same time there is a fluidity to the whole. For once, I let my administrator role go, I forget who said what and when, and stop trying to manipulate the conversation. Complex becomes simple, when you speak with Jen.
Connecting with Karin was life-changing. It’s been great to hear that I’m not crazy and that most of the things that happen to me are shared by others. Finding my identity is sometimes confusing and pushes me to confront some things I’ve never confronted. It’s great to do this with someone supporting me, at my pace. I love the fact that Karin is just there when you need it, with a tailored coaching method, not pushing me with a pre-established way of working. Every time we finish a session I have a smile and I feel peaceful, back on track. It’s been a great process and I’m excited for what’s coming. If you are looking for a coach, I can’t recommend Karin enough.
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. When Jennifer offered the opportunity to meet with more than one coach, the profound relief of finding a solution better suited to my needs washed over me and filled my soul. Such a fantastic program of ‘custom plans’ being created for the coaching process goes a long way towards instilling a sense of being understood and anchors in the feeling of finding a community wherein I can express myself freely. With appreciation and gratitude to Jennifer and all involved with InterGifted.
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.
Thank you so much for what you do. I was so confused about my identity, and learning about giftedness has been incredibly healing. I no longer feel alone and I have hope now, because I’ve figured out what I need help for and I know where it get it. This is such an amazing journey of self-discovery and recovery!
For quite a few years, I felt like a crazy, nervous wreck. There was an almost constant struggle with almost everything in my life. I saw therapists and counsellors and talked about my feelings and my childhood, and I learnt some useful tools. I knew, of course, that I was different. That I was extra everything. That I needed extra care, so to speak. I used to tell myself that I was too sensitive for my brain, or too intelligent for my sensitivity. I was definitely too much for most, including myself a lot of the time. Then I heard about HSP some five years ago and got a lot out of studying that. I started exercising and minding what I ate – that also really improved the general state of things. And then one day, in a conversation about bored children at school, a friend tipped me off about an organisation called “Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted.” That’s when I understood that giftedness is an actual thing; an actual research field. Going through the SENG website, I cried. Then I started reading everything I could get my hands on. And then, googling around about a year later, I found InterGifted and Jennifer Harvey Sallin.
Now, I think it’s wise to live as though you’re destined to do something very good. To strive to leave this world a little better than we found it – you know. I figured the time had come for me to step up and finally do something real. Took some shaky steps. Sure I can manage on my own, I thought. But the thing is, doing everything on your own isn’t the way to go. At some point in the coaching process, it felt a little remarkable to me that I hadn’t already done this work on my own. Studied Jung’s ‘cognitive functions,’ for instance. Or even just found out my personality type according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. I guess that a part of this pretty wonderful and long overdue affair has, well, shown me how lonely I’ve been. I knew I could do a lot of things. And I have, and I do. The difference is, now I’m doing them with such grounded purpose. With more love, perhaps. It’s like I’m able to inhabit … my spot. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but the way I live my life has changed.