THIS IS MY STORY

Before my first child was identified as gifted and talented, I thought all kids were like him – fascinated by everything, a quick learner, high energy, stubborn and wonderful...

By the time my third child was identified, I had come to realize that this group of children and their parents were often in a “world of hurt,” due to lack of knowledge, on the parent’s part, of how to relate to these children.  In my city, there were no therapists who even recognized that gifted individuals are, essentially, a “special needs” group, and specialized knowledge is needed in order to treat them effectively.  I had found the niche I wanted to fill – therapist for the parents of gifted and talented children.  In 2000 I received my Masters in Clinical Social Work.  All of my independent research was on the therapeutic and emotional needs of the gifted and talented.  I joined SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) and received my SENG Facilitator Certification later that year and started SENG Parent Support Groups in our local school.  I love facilitating parent groups, and find the growth in these groups to be incredible.  Please call me if you would like to have a group in your neighborhood or school.  They are very easy to set up.  Go to http://www.sengifted.org/ for more information, or call me and I’ll send you information.

I provide consultation and therapy for individuals and families, with the hope that I can alleviate some of the pain with which both gifted adults, parents, and children live.  My overall goal is to assist gifted individuals in understanding and accepting themselves, find their paths and develop the trust, persistence, and discipline to be their best and accomplish their chosen goals.