“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.”
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
“Jen is a phenomenal mentor for aspiring gifted coaches. Working with her has been a true privilege. Not only does she bring a thorough understanding of giftedness and years of experience in coaching gifted people to the sessions, she also empowers you to develop your unique style in all aspects of coaching. She supported me in becoming my most courageous and authentic self in my coaching practice. Whenever I was ready to go to the next level, she was right there, ready for the next leg towards mastery, believing in me without reservation. Jen has a distinctive gift to bring out the best coach in you – her insights, teachings and approaches have been an invaluable asset in this endeavour.”
“When I started with Jennifer, I was professionally and personally drained. I thought it was the fault of everybody around me , but through coaching, Jennifer helped me not only understand myself and my standards, but also helped me manage others in my professional and social circle better. I was treating everyone as if they were me, but Jennifer for the first time in my life made me understand who I was, why I was the way I was, and most importantly understand my boundaries, a word I did not even know the meaning of. I did not know I had boundaries and that I should not let people cross them – including myself! She enlightened me in understanding that I have needs, and that I needed to listen to my inner voice and my own needs to be happy. And not just try to satisfy everyone around me, but I needed to satisfy my needs first! She did an amazing job in giving me a visibility and patience to make change, which was not easy, but Jennifer was there every corner I needed to turn and every cliff I need to jump…she gave me the confidence to jump!!!”
“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’s Gifted Psychology 101 course was truly transformational! I signed up hoping to come out with a solid understanding of how the gifted mind works. I came out with this and so much more! Jen designed this course brilliantly, each module professionally and thoughtfully crafted and supplemented with recommendations of the most life-changing books and resources I’ve ever read. I am grateful that Jen adapted to my specific needs and offered a creative one-on-one learning option for me. This flexibility, combined with Jen’s compassion, knowledge and deep insight instilled in me a sense of safety, trust and freedom to express myself authentically. I was able to explore and integrate the course material at a depth, pace and level of complexity that matched my drive and learning style – so refreshing! I completed GP101 feeling more enlightened as an individual, a future coach, and as a parent. Thank you Jen!
“I learned more in three Skype sessions with Jen from halfway across the globe than I did in years of sitting in therapy. You just handed me the information that I needed (no, that I craved) and I felt like a dying tree being revived by a rainstorm. Like manna from heaven. Clarity crystallizing from out of the fog. For that, I will be forever grateful!”
Jen’s Gifted Psychology 101 course for coaches offers an extensive and in-depth look at core components of practical psychology, highlights where and how giftedness changes the picture, and shows how it all relates to coaching. The course work also provides plenty of recommended reading for further studies on your own. My knowledge of giftedness, psychology and coaching has increased manifold – I now feel many times more competent and comfortable in my role as philosophical coach.
…And that was the professional side of things. For as it happens, during this past year of Psych 101, I seem to have undergone a complete, personal transformation. I’ve read some of the most life-transforming books I’ve ever read. The homework included some of the most important psychological work I’ve ever done – for me, personally. As friend, partner, parent. And just for how I wake up in the morning, welcome the day and what it brings, and then welcome the night when its time to sleep. I feel “upgraded”, if that makes sense. I’d do it all again, any day.
“Jen, I just wanted to tell you that I’m extremely grateful that I’ve found you on my path at this moment of my life. I could have stayed prisoner of my old limiting way of thinking for 10 more years. Your genuine and professional coaching is for me a powerful tool for rapid transformation. Thank you!”
Coaching and Guidance for the Unique, Gifted and Curious