Giftedness Integration Work and Gifted Coaching are exploratory and creative methods that support you, as a dedicated and conscientious gifted or multi-exceptional adult, to integrate and operate by the innate wisdom of your own unique gifted mind. We also offer mentoring for gifted helping professionals and leaders, and gifted-specific mindfulness for women. As we approach giftedness from a holistic perspective, we work with intellectual intelligence alongside and together with the body intelligence, emotions, intuitive awareness, creativity, and strong purpose. We are an international organization, offering our services online throughout the world -- learn more below.
GIFTEDNESS INTEGRATION WORK
Giftedness Integration Work sessions are 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 self-development work includes a series of online sessions with an integration coach who supports you in exploring, getting to know, and applying the various aspects of your giftedness and your extended cognitive profile (such as specific areas of intelligence or multi-exceptionalities) to your personal and professional life. For clients who are not already aware of the configuration of their giftedness profile and expression, we recommend having a giftedness assessment with us prior to starting giftedness integration work. For clients who already have a basic understanding of their level and areas of intelligence, as well as any overexcitabilities or twice-exceptionalities present in their profile (see our model of giftedness), a certain amount of integration work can be done without a formal assessment.
The coaches featured 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 150 CHF. You can click on our coaches' names to learn more and get in touch to schedule an appointment. For German-speaking clients, Fabienne Wydler (pictured below) is available for sessions in German. For French-speaking clients, we have a giftedness integration coach who has limited availability for integration work clients (she is not pictured below), and you can contact us directly for exploring work with her. All other sessions are in English.
understanding your gifted & neurodivergent narrative
/ neurodivergent family integration
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.
Coaching can be short-term or long-term, depending on your needs for support. All of the giftedness integration coaches pictured above 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:
- gifted narrative & biography coaching
- creative writing coaching
- philosophical coaching
- positive disintegration coaching
- executive functioning skills coaching
- mentoring for navigating academia
- gifted parenting coaching (see our family coaching page)
Cost for coaching sessions depends on the coaches' location and level of experience, and ranges from 130 CAD to 150 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's page and inquire directly about sessions with us via our profiles above, or for more general coaching requests via firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIFTED AUTISTIC MENTORING PROGRAM
Fabienne Wydler offers an individualized mentoring program for gifted autistic adults who aim to deepen their self-knowledge and explore their self-leadership skills as a neurodivergent individual. This program is designed to encourage gifted autistic people to innovate by applying their unique way of seeing and experiencing the world. It’s all about how the strengths and challenges of giftedness and autism provide unique opportunities for growth, expression, meaning-making and connection with yourself and others. Over six sessions of 45 minutes (bi-weekly for three months, or at another pacing if needed), Fabienne will guide you in an exploration through topics like self-care, boundaries, social communication, and how gifted autistic trauma play a role in your gifted autistic experience, always with the focus on how you apply your self-knowledge and inner resources to self-actualize and generate. You can learn more about at our Gifted Autistic Mentoring Program page.
MINDFULNESS FOR GIFTED WOMEN
Kelly Pryde is the founder of our partner The Gifted Mindfulness Collective. She offers mindfulness guidance and community for gifted women who are reintegrating with their full gifted self-expression. You can learn more about her services and community at the Gifted Mindfulness Collective website.
- Our services are designed for dedicated adults who are ready to explore their giftedness and able to actively apply what they discover in sessions. 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. Clients who have have blocks to exploration and application are encouraged to seek therapeutic support as a first step.
- 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 therapist or other crisis professional for support.
- We are no longer able to provide orienting or therapy search sessions.
- We receive a high volume of requests and we are only able to respond to those requests which correspond to our service offering. Thank you for your understanding.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
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.
I’m twice-exceptional – gifted and autistic. I spent most of my life feeling ashamed of the way my mind worked and trying so hard to make it fit into the mould of what people expected of me. At the age of forty, I found InterGifted and started coaching with Jen. She understood me more in just a couple conversations than anyone had in my whole life, even my closest friends and family. In coaching with Jen, I finally understood that I am a meta-thinker, and that this makes my mental process very different than the norm (even more different than I already thought, considering my autism). I have known about my autism much longer than I have known about my giftedness, so now I have a lot of knowledge to integrate. But I feel very hopeful for the first time in a long time, as now I can evaluate my true potential and build upon it, rather than continuing to try to be something I’m not or fulfill others’ ideas of my potential. I am reaching a level of self-acceptance and hope through coaching that I never thought was possible for me. Thank you Jen!
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.
I came to coaching with a big need to find a meaningful career. I was certain that when somebody finally could see what was inside of “me”, they would request immediately that I use my gifts to help others in “important” ways, and would want to help me get on the right track for that. What I learned working with Fabienne is that any belt that feels too tight is not where I belong. And that I have a unique way of being of service that first and foremost supports my joy and my health. I used the material that came up in our sessions to think creatively and to get in touch with what is most meaningful to me, and came out the other side with a very clear idea of what that is. I took a huge step towards undoing the need to prove myself, because after realizing what works for me and brings me joy, I find myself not doing all the rest of things I had put in the way of myself.
The InterGifted coaches have been an amazing resource of support for me over the last year. When I found InterGifted, I was struggling with past trauma, and career and relational problems. Jen connected me with two of the coaches who specialize in healing from trauma and career and relationships, respectively. They have both been so supportive and helpful in guiding me toward a better understanding of myself and my past, and giving me more awareness of what kind of life I want to create for myself now and for my future. Every time I have needed them, they have be there for me, through in-person sessions and often by email. Through their coaching, I have come to better understand how my giftedness affected my trauma, how to take better care of myself, what my true values are, how to better communicate with my family, and how much there really is to live for. Thank you all so much!
Jen has it down to a fine art form. The quality of her mind-to-mind interactions is so brilliantly resonant and fluid that she gets to the ‘magic point’ in a way that is fast, congruent, and rings true. I have found her work effective because she embodies it as a living process.
Jen is truly compassionate, understanding, generous and accommodating – and seems to ‘get’ exactly what you are thinking, feeling and fearing. She’s very accessible and approachable, in spite of being busy and is so authentic that you feel, continually, that she is on your side and identifies with and shares your challenges. I strongly recommend that you contact Jen directly if you feel the need for a consummately professional and highly competent advice and support: she’ll direct you to the best coach to work with, if she isn’t the best option or if she can’t fit you in.
I do not know how it all happened, but Intergifted Coaching was pivotal in pointing out the obvious that was concealed within a lifelong swirl of complexities. My Intergifted Coach provided compassionate insight without shaming my brain. Together, we redirected my intensities to support only the most potent Actionables. The result? I took these elevated possibilities and ran! The simplified Actionables expanded in fabulous ways. Intergifted Coaching has triggered a momentum of freedom and creative manifestation in all areas of my life!
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.
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.
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!
When people ask me what it’s like working with Jen, I tell them it’s like having someone understand you without you having to explain anything to them. Jen seems to know and be able to articulate my complex thoughts, motivations and needs in a way no one ever has in my life; and because of this, I understand myself and can, in turn, communicate my inner world much more effectively than I could ever before. Working with Jen has helped me make it through an extreme positive disintegration, develop healthy relational boundaries, and hone in on a career path that, for the first time, makes sense for me and my unusual brain. In the midst of all of that, I was able to sort out and heal from patterns of intergenerational trauma that I hadn’t even known I was being affected by. All in all, Jen is an unusual human and I mean that in the best sense. Thank you Jen.