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If you’ve navigated to this page, then you identify with what you’re seeing. If you’re seeking counseling, coaching, or improv, let’s schedule a free, 20 minute Zoom consultation to discern together whether I can be a good fit for your needs.
Who works with me? People who want to:
- Step into bigger voice and greater personal power.
- More fully occupy their life.
- Increase the likelihood of fulfilling their needs for intensity and connection.
- Improve the quality of their work.
- Improve the quality of their experience of living.
People come to counseling because there’s something they want to make better or different in their lives. People come to coaching because they are at the precipice of the next big thing and need an experienced collaborator to help them make the leap. People come to improv comedy because they want to laugh, connect, and explore giftedness in new ways.
When we work together, you will feel understood, accepted and respected as a gifted outlier. You can expect a professional who will meet you exactly where you are.
I do this work so gifted people can catapult into lives rich with meaning, connection, and impact. I serve gifted people because I am one and because this is what I love to do.
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Why I do this work
Gifted: a word describing a consciousness that is intense, qualitatively different from the norm, outlying, asynchronous in its development, multifaceted, multidimensional.
I see this in my life: In photos of me smiling ear to ear like I am about to gnaw at life itself. An impatience with surface conversation. In intense imaginings and sensory experiences. In perceiving meaning everywhere and in wanting others’ expressions to accurately describe their experiences. In longing for peers. In others’ responses to what I’m doing. “How do you do so much?” In my drive, productivity, and desire for intensity that will match my own.
I want to utilize these characteristics to connect with gifted people and aid you in becoming more fully yourself. You will always be the expert on your own life, and when we work together I will bring over twenty years of counseling experience to a collaborative process of discovery, creativity, and movement.
You can come unstuck, even if you feel like you’ve tried everything or that your problem is too big to handle. You will move through a process of connecting, gaining awareness, figuring out where you want your life to go, and then getting there. I’ve learned what works, and people have grown immeasurably through our work together.
If counseling or coaching is going to be helpful, feeling understood is the most important element. That means having a counselor or coach who knows how to join you where you are, understand the gravity of your situation, and laugh when it’s funny.
If you’ve had your fill of counseling and coaching, or you don’t have an appetite for either, then improv may be the avenue for you. Through game play in a culture of ‘Yes, and’, gifted people find themselves transcending perfectionism, subverting social anxiety, gaining self-trust, and simply laughing together without masks or camouflage. It’s an astonishing and hilarious path to self-development.
HERE’S MORE INFO (including jargon, education, and experience!)
Raised in the suburban wilds of central Florida, my service ethic led me from Warren Wilson College (English major, Appalachian Studies minor) to two years of community reconciliation work in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
From there I continued a trajectory toward a career in service. In 2001, I graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Community Counseling, and I’ve been a practicing counselor ever since. Since 2016, my entire practice has been focused exclusively on work with gifted adolescents and adults.
In addition to working with clients, I also served for eight years as an elected official on the City Council of Asheville, North Carolina while also serving on numerous other boards in the community.
When COVID hit, I researched ways to build intimacy online in effective ways and stumbled into improv comedy. Through working with instructors at Second City Comedy and the Improv Therapy Group, I have come to understand the power of it, especially for gifted people. Now, I’m an instructor, player, and Improv Therapy Group Advisory Board Member, ‘Yes, and-ing’ my way to greater spontaneity, community, and ease.
I live in the Blue Ridge mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. When I’m not working with clients or playing improv games, I play chess and disc golf. I write poetry and throw parties. I plant gardens and will soon get my welding certificate. Life is a banquet, and I am grateful to have a seat at the table and place in the kitchen.
Advanced Levels, Improv for Therapists
Improv For Therapists, Levels 1, 2, and 3
Gifted Profiling Training
Coaching Creative, High-potential Drop-outs in their Search for Meaning
Designing Gifted Wellness
The Gifted Graduate: Transitions After High School
Electronics Use in Gifted Kids, Teens, and Adults: The Good, The Bad, and What We Don’t Know
Counseling the Gifted Adult: Advanced Methods–If the Answers Were Simple the Client Would Have Figured Them Out Already
Giving Voice to Gifted Adults
Stop Trying to Stay Ahead of Them: A Coach Approach to Working with Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Kids
Calming the Calamities: Navigating Anxiety, Angst & Anger Among the Gifted
Gifted Therapists: Working Effectively with Exceptional Children and Their Families
Gifted Psychology with Intergifted Director, Dr. Jen Harvey Sallin
EMDR Level 1
[Trainer] Gifted Adolescents, Adults, and Families at Lenoir-Rhyne University
Asynchronous Development: Practical Applications of A Concept Born from Experience – The Columbus Group.
Professionals’ Training for Treating Survivors of Narcisstic Abuse
Understanding Neuropsychological Assessment
The Gifted: Frustrated and Misunderstood – part of SENG’s Misdiagnosis Initiative
Being Seen: Self Concept Development in Gifted Adults
The Psychological and Emotional Costs of the Freeze Response in Gifted Students Over a Lifetime.
The Search for Meaning: Existential Issues for Gifted Children