Jennifer is a psychologist, coach and mentor who guides highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted adults to personal and professional mastery. She consults with highly to profoundly gifted individuals to help them better understand their unique mental make-up and translate that into constructing satisfying, if unconventional, lives, careers and relationships. Her clients are meta-thinkers committed to using their unusual minds and resources for the highest good of both themselves and the world, who seek full-picture self-understanding and high-level strategic support, at their own mental speed.
Jennifer’s Background & Bio
Jennifer’s studies and contributions have followed the traditionally gifted non-linear path. Originally trained in psychology, classical music, and coaching in the U.S. (Master in Counseling, Bachelor in Music and Psychology, Diploma in Life Coaching), she decided to carve out a non-conventional path, coming to settle (for now) in Europe, first Italy and now Switzerland with her husband. She has worked in business, entrepreneurship, teaching, coaching and guidance in different ways since her early 20’s. Her work and reflections have been highly influenced by her mentors and the teachings of masters of various disciplines, among others the Dalai Lama, David R. Hawkins, Eckhart Tolle, Erich Fromm, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Daniel Kahneman, David Chalmers, and Kazimierz Dabrowski.
Seeing the need for gifted people around the world to connect and co-create in a like-minded community, Jennifer founded InterGifted in 2015, along with InterGifted’s Gifted Coaching Network. She writes an extensive blog here on Rediscovering Yourself full of helpful articles on giftedness and self-development. She is in the process of publishing two books (under a pen name) on her challenging journey of growing up with a complex mind, and is also currently working on a theoretical book called Intense Minds: Mental Complexity and the Construction of the Self, which aims to open up to a productive dialog on the positive evolution of consciousness through the model of gifted cognition.
MENTORING, COACHING & CONSULTING
Highly, Exceptionally & Profoundly Gifted Adults
The jumping off point for mentoring and coaching highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted adults is never predictable: maybe it’s a pressing life question they’ve been unable to answer on their own, progress on personal development or a major project, healing from trauma, or a need to discover and understand their very unusual minds – or some combination of these and more.
Sessions are non-linear and follow where the client’s mind takes us, with guidance from me to marry meta perspectives and micro practice. It is common that sessions happen in spurts – one or several in a row followed by a pause while insights are integrated. Highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted adults learn in meta-steps, thus a non-linear partnering which adapts to their speed and unusual thinking style is needed. If you don’t know whether you are highly, exceptionally, or profoundly gifted, read my article here.
Gifted Entrepreneurs & Leaders
I provide consultations for gifted entrepreneurs who are doing big, impactful projects – serving as a strategic partner in helping them clarify their vision and values; align their business plan, leadership and/or time-management style; understand and resolve blocks to mastery such as self-limiting beliefs and unresolved traumas; master their authentic work-flow and communication style; and connect them to fitting opportunities and potential partners within my range of influence.
Coaches & Professionals Who Support The Gifted
I love to see coaches and professionals dedicate their work to supporting the gifted. I train coaches on the fundamental complex dynamics of gifted cognition, guide them to best support their gifted clients, help them organize and structure their services and business, help them clarify their communication strategy, and provide supervision groups for guided case reviews.
WORKSHOPS, COURSES & GROUPS
Learn more about my workshops, courses and groups for gifted adults on topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, time management, writing, creativity, career, and self-care.VISIT our Workshops, Courses & Groups page
LOGISTICS & COSTS
Individual sessions are held virtually by Skype/phone, or in person in and around Fribourg, Switzerland; in English, French or Italian. Group & Workshops are held on Skype or Zoom.us. Coaching and mentoring sessions cost 185 Swiss Francs. Groups & workshops cost 100 to 175 Swiss Francs depending on the number of participants.
What do you mean by “gifted coaching”?
Gifted clients range from being somewhat to extremely intense and complex – intellectually, creatively, emotionally, existentially, physically, and sensually. In family, society and work where tradition and pre-defined roles often set the standard, they can feel uncomfortable, misunderstood, or existentially panicked at the extreme. They are known to be motivated by their intense curiosity and need for continual learning, challenge, change and understanding; thus coaching that focuses on extrinsic motivation, external rewards, and traditional goals misses the mark in terms of helping a gifted client to connect to his or her own intrinsic motivation and inner sense of purpose.
Gifted coaching works at (or near) gifted clients’ level of cognition, shares their complexity of mind, and helps them channel their intensity, complexity and drive toward self-actualization. By self-actualization, I mean: meaningful existence, based on and driven by one’s self-chosen values and unique way of being in the world. We strategize in ways that continue to generate opportunities for clients to fulfill their complex needs, and stretch their minds and capacities even further. Our work together educates and validates clients’ intense minds, and ultimately gives them back full access to their own potential. Learn more about giftedness in my article on Dabrowski’s Theory of Giftedness.
You work with highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted people. Why such a minority population?
Because of the rarity of highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted people (1:>1,000 to <1:1 million, respectively), it is a particular challenge for this population to find the right kind of support. Statistically, they are almost out there all on their own. But they are people who deserve to get help when they need it and have support that encourages, inspires and challenges them. I struggled for years to find this support, so I understand the importance of it, and am honored to be able to provide it.
I’m not sure if I’m highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted. How can I know?
Highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted people think in meta-matrices (as opposed to the multi-step skipping of the mild and moderately gifted, or the linear step-by-step logic of non-gifted thinkers). They see paradoxes, puzzles and patterns everywhere, with any answer about anything generating a new series of questions. There never seems to be ground to stand on, since all knowledge is only temporary. There are huge pluses to this type of mental mapping, such as intellectual speed and capacity (as well as the fun of having so much thought to entertain oneself with); but there are also some pretty major challenges that come with it, such as fitting in socially, slowing down enough to produce transmittable work, and dealing with the mental storms that often come with such intensity of mind. Read more in my High, Exceptional and Profound Giftedness article.
I’m not highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted. Can I still work with you?
If you are mildly or moderately gifted and working on a project or wanting to support gifted people as a coach or helping professional, yes! Tell me about your project or plans and we can see if we are a good fit to work together. If not, I will be happy to provide you a personalized referral to one of my associate coaches in Rediscovering Yourself or one of the coaches in InterGifted’s Coaching Network.
JENNIFER’S RECOMMENDED READING
- Alain de Botton: Status Anxiety
- Joan Chittister: Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light
- Boris Cyrulnik: Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past
- The Dalai Lama: notably An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, and The Art of Happiness at Work
- Susan Daniels & Michael M. Piechowski: Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults
- Norman Doidge: The Brain that Changes Itself
- Carol Dweck: Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential
- Elio Frattaroli: Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain: Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World
- Erich Fromm: notably To Have or To Be and The Art of Loving
- Neville Goddard: Feeling is the Secret
- Robert Greene: Mastery
- David R. Hawkins: notably Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
- Gay Hendricks: Five Wishes
- Jon Kabat-Zinn: notably The Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series
- Willem Kuipers: Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon
- Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow
- Krishnananda Trobe: notably Stepping Out of Fear
- Adam Phillips: Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life
- Paula Prober: Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth
- Steven Pressfield: Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work
- David Shenk: The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Talent, Genetics & IQ
- David A. Sousa: Brainwork: The Neuroscience Behind How We Lead Others
- Marylou Kelly Streznewski: Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
- Eckhart Tolle: notably The Power of Now