“Michelle has helped my clients successfully navigate what has been some of the most difficult periods of their lives. She is reliable and conscientious with her practice, and thorough and timely with her reports. I always find Michelle to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards in treating her clients. She is a pleasure to work with.”
JENNIFER HARVEY SALLIN
Psychologist, Coach & Mentor providing:
Training & Mentoring Professionals Who Support the Gifted
Assessments, Workshops & Courses for Gifted Adults
Coaching & Mentoring Profoundly Gifted Adults
Social Worker, Coach & Mediator providing:
Support for Couples & Families with Giftedness and other Challenges
Coaching for Kids & Adults with Giftedness and other Challenges
Mediation for Families in Transition, such as Separation and Divorce
WHAT IS GIFTEDNESS?
Giftedness is a mind construction – a way we take in the world, perceive and organize it. That construction is statistically uncommon, in terms of speed, complexity and intensity, and many gifted people don’t recognize they are gifted because they think everyone else is like them. The way a gifted person expresses their giftedness depends on many factors, such as type (intellectual only, or intellectual plus emotional, creative, and so on), level (mild, moderate, high, exceptional or profound), presence of other challenges (such as learning disabilities or neurological abnormalities), and the amount of support, recognition, appreciation and mirroring they’ve had in their lives. In other words, giftedness does not always look the same and is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Each gifted person’s mind comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities, and that’s what we help our gifted clients to embrace and constructively co-create with in their lives!
ABOUT OUR WORK
“It has been such a gift to work with Jen. I began coaching sessions with Jen in the hopes of sorting through some issues within my professional life. By going deeper and understanding for the first time how my mind really works, I was not only able to sort through the struggles in my professional life, but also gain a deeper understanding of my complex nature and how I can befriend my intensity, using it to find joy and happiness in my life. My coaching sessions with Jen were filled with wonderful insights that I will carry with me always. I now have the privilege to work with Jen as my mentor as I navigate my way through a new and exciting career path.”
“As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, I refer frequently to Michelle Quarton to counsel, guide, and advocate for my families who have a child with disabilities. She knows how help families work productively with the schools and the school system; she is especially knowledgeable about resources for older adolescents and young adults who are making the transition from home and school to work or life in the community; and she is a genuinely kind, smart, and positive person. She is a great resource for the community.”
“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.”
“Michelle is an amazing person to work with. She is knowledgeable about resources and helps people navigate the mental health system. She guides you through the process without telling you what to do or how to do it.”
“It has been a true privilege to work with Jen. I can honestly say that no one has ever gotten me the way she does; she really understands me and is highly compassionate. I’ve never felt as safe talking about my frantic inner world as I feel with her. Jen has a remarkable intuitive touch that is hard to describe, which she combines with lots of experience, knowledge and preparation for each session. When we started the coaching process I felt overwhelmed and lost in life, things looked great on the outside and I was doing a ton of stuff, but on the inside I felt scattered and disheartened; “is this all there is?” Luckily things are changing, and changing fast, paradoxically by slowing down. Coaching with Jen isn’t just about action-planning, it goes to a deeper level of changing yourself and your surrounding world by finding and expressing who and what you are at your core. This has been more profound than I could have possibly imagined! You’ll need to experience it yourself to really understand it, and I highly recommend that you do!”
“I am so grateful to have crossed paths with Jen at this time in my life. I have been feeling stunted, lost and very confused about who I am and what I want for me. With Jen’s gentle guidance and caring support, it is all becoming more clear. I finally feel like I can begin to embrace the sunshine and start growing again.”
“Jen, I sincerely thank you. Your insight into my mind, heart, body and soul rings ever so true to me. I wanted to change because I knew that the way I was living was destructive. My problem however was finding a way to make lasting changes. No matter how hard I tried I’d always fall back into the same routine, to repeat the same schemas. Thank you for giving me a sense of better understanding so that I may live my life for ME!”
Coaching and Guidance for the Unique, Gifted and Curious