Counselors – Therapists – Coaches

Counselors and Therapists specializing in gifted, high ability, creative people

Coaches for creative and highly sensitive individuals

Related resources



Counselors – Therapists

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Elisabeth Abbott, MFTI – “I offer psychotherapy for individuals, couples, teens, kids, and families. Areas of specialization include: Anxiety, Panic, or Worry, Depression, Trauma, Creative & Entertainment Industry Issues…” (and more)

3171 Los Feliz Blvd., Suite 307 Los Angeles, CA 90039
13400 Riverside Drive, Suite 318 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  323.769.5702


Cheryl AruttCheryl Arutt, Psy.D. – “My approach to therapy emphasizes insight, self-awareness and empowerment to help people live better and have more gratifying lives. Through an alliance of trust and collaboration, we work together to understand the meanings of symptoms, to get “un-stuck,” and to rediscover your capacity to make the meaningful choices that are right for you. Growth occurs in an atmosphere of respect, compassion and a belief in the human capacity for healing, change and reparation.

“I enjoy working with creative, high ability and highly sensitive individuals. One area of focus is working with creative artists and entertainment industry professionals to increase confidence and access to creative expression, while identifying and modifying any self-destructive patterns inhibiting professional achievement.”

“I spent years studying the effects of traumatic events on people’s lives, working extensively with victims of both recent and past crime and abuse. I now offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a powerful evidence-based brief therapy that effectively decreases or eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress for the majority of those treated.”

Dr. Cheryl Arutt Psy.D.  [Beverly Hills, CA]   |   Articles by Cheryl Arutt

Hear our audio podcast interview: Cheryl Arutt on Creative Artist Issues


Lynne Azpeitia, MA      Gifted, Talented & Creative Adults

“People are capable of being expressive, but often they are interfered with or misinterpreted in these areas. So my job is to help them identify when they are in that fluid and creative state, and help them look at how they got there, and on purpose how to make those things happen. That’s the best part of what I do.” She is a licensed therapist in Santa Monica, California, and may be reached at 310.828.7121 or 626.797.1052

Interview: Supporting creative achievement

Related article:**Misdiagnosis of the Gifted by Lynne Azpeitia, M.A. and Mary Rocamora, M.A.


Bradford Bancoft, MFT, RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) – “I came to my work as a therapist from a creative arts background. If you google me, you can see the films, theatre and art work I did for the first 25 years of my life. I saw how the role-play, improvisations, poetry, dance and music could be used as therapeutic techniques and so our work together will encompass so much more than just sitting around talking about the past. We will be Rehearsing for Life.”

208 S. Louise St.  Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 415-2664


Sharon Barnes, MSSW, LCSW “helps CASIGYs (Creative, Curious, Complex, Acutely Aware, Super-sensitive, Intense, Gifted You!) turn obstacles into stepping stones.

“Sharon is also known as The ScrapLady; she helps CASIGYs and others create beauty and benefit from Life’s Scraps. For over 25 years she has helped CASIGYs find the Magic in being a MisFit. She can help you make the most of your sensitivity, creativity and intelligence.

“She can help you heal and thrive, not just survive as a CASIGY. She offers individual, couple and group counseling and psychotherapy as well as PlayShops, Presentations and Seminars. She works in person, by webcam and phone. Call Sharon today for a New Tomorrow!” 303-987-0346.  [Lakewood, CO]     email to:


Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.****website***articles****office phone: (323) 651-1118

Stephen A. Diamond“A licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in Los Angeles, CA, who sees many talented individuals, including members of the Screen Actors Guild.”  A former pupil and protege of Dr. Rollo May, he has taught at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, J.F.K. University, the C.G. Jung Institute–Zurich and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

He was a contributing author to the best-selling anthology Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature, and is the author of book Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity.”

 *Read interview with Dr. Diamond: The Psychology of Creativity


Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC            Seattle, Washington              [Articles]

Lisa EricksonMy clinical interests include the relationship between giftedness, addiction and trauma.  For the gifted, I help them awaken to their giftedness and associated character traits, and integrate this awareness with their work, creativity, and relationships with self and others.  I have extensive experience working with addictions, and have helped many people learn to manage their intensity and their sense of differentness without using substances or addictive processes.

I have been a psychotherapist for over 30 years.  For 25 years I was an adjunct professor in a graduate psychology program teaching courses such as professional ethics and substance abuse and addictions.  I also train other clinicians via continuing education classes on a variety of subjects including learning about the clinical presentation and treatment implications of giftedness.  My training schedule is posted on my website with links to the sponsoring organizations.

I can be reached at 206-352-0363 or via my website at


Joanna Haase Ph.D., MFT – “For over 20 years, I have been successfully working with clients to overcome eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and more recently, assisting parents and clients with the unique challenges of giftedness.”

572 East Green St., Suite 208 Pasadena, CA 91101


Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, PsyD. – Talent Psychology Consulting Ltd. [A joint effort with Karen Ward, MSc., O.D. in the United Kingdom.]

“Talent psychology is the study and application of psychology to organizational development and the workplace. Services: consultation, coaching, presentations, master classes, training, and workshops. Has been conducting distance consultations for more than 12 years.”

Articles by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen | book: The Gifted Adult


Edith D Johnston PhD LPC – The question is “How To” not whether we can or can’t.  Edith has worked with individuals and groups to discover a personal understanding and create the ‘how to’ for their personal development.  She provides tools, supports, insights in understanding, overcoming, developing, expressing, and connecting for multi-talents.

Her tool box includes energetics, visual, and creative methodologies to discover your personal story and develop a change in the story line.  She has extensive work in pain management (physical and emotional), disability adjustment, career development, and life event transitions.  She offers individual counseling, workshops, and teleclasses.

Contact Edith at    email:

PO Box 301 Delta, CO 81416  970-216-5753

Article: Beyond the Chaos or Void in my Life?


Melanie Brown KroonMelanie Brown Kroon, MFT – “I am a licensed psychotherapist…who has lectured and written on parenting, healing from betrayal, codependency and the emotional needs of gifted adults. I love to work with teens and adults in all fields who value creativity, love, integrity and a passion for life. I also work with other therapists who seek therapy for themselves.”
17337 Ventura Blvd. Suite #316 Encino, CA 91316
(818) 623-7023


Andrew Mahoney – Counselor and family therapist – “It really all comes back to their identity as gifted people,” he says. “It comes back to their being able to see themselves as gifted within the systems that tell them who they are — their family, their schools, their community. Their giftedness is a variable in their identity, and for a counselor to ignore that is to ignore a key part in the puzzle they’re trying to piece together.”

Counseling the Gifted   [Chicago, Illinois area]  Online Video/Phone Consultation also available.


Eric MaiselEric Maisel, PhD is the author of more than 40 books. “His interests include creativity and the creative life, the field of creativity coaching which he founded, and natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning that he has recently been developing.” He gives workshops and is available for Individual Creativity Coaching.

His books include:

Natural Psychology: The New Psychology of Meaning
Rethinking Depression
Mastering Creative Anxiety
See list of books by Eric Maisel

Another book: Why Smart People Hurt.

> Read excerpts in these articles:
Challenged By Being So Smart, and Brainpower and The Smart Gap.


Deborah McColl, MA, MFT – “Providing individual psychotherapy and relationship counseling. Treatment specialization includes:    Therapy for Depression and Anxiety; Addiction & Recovery; Special Issues for Artists, Actors, Musicians, Writers; Creative Process.”

725 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 594-4787


Vicky Frankfourth Moyle, M.A., N.C.C.

“I am available for psychotherapy, advocacy, counseling, coaching, private tutoring and educational concerns to support the needs of gifted individuals. I am a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and am particularly interested in issues of depression, creativity, positive maladjustment, and psychopathology in the gifted — and especially in differential therapeutic relationships for the gifted. I use Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration to guide my conceptualization of any client.”

Grand Junction, CO   (970) 254-0269


Kathleen Noble, Ph.D.   Seattle, WA

“I am a licensed psychologist in WA state with a small independent practice specializing in the psychological growth of gifted women and men. I am also a Research Associate Professor of Women Studies at the University of Washington and the Assistant Director of the Early Entrance Program at UW, a program through which highly capable young students can skip high school and enter the UW at the ages of 13-15.

“In addition to extensive clinical experience with the psychosocial issues affecting gifted adults and adolescents, I’ve written two books and numerous articles about these issues. My books are “The Sound of a Silver Horn: Reclaiming the Heroism in Contemporary Women’s Lives”, and “Remarkable Women: Perspectives in Female Talent Development”. This latter is a collection of 25 studies about giftedness across a wide variety of geographic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and talent domains which I edited with two colleagues, Rena Subotnik and Karen Arnold. I have a special interest in resilience, and particularly in the way in which powerful spiritual experiences can promote psychological well-being.”

206-322-4256  University of Washington, Box 351630, Seattle, WA 98195.

website   [interview]


Judith Orloff, M.D. is a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA and author of a number of books, including “Positive Energy,” “Guide to Intuitive Healing,” “Second Sight,” and “Emotional Freedom.” She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and also leads workshops and is a media consultant on intuition and energy medicine.   She says “I work with many clients I would consider gifted, and I teach each of my clients to develop their own psychic ability, as part of how I do therapy.” – From our (text) interview.

You can also listen to our audio interview: Judith Orloff, MD on Emotional Freedom.

Judith Orloff articles   |   Products page on her site – with links to more info


Dennis Palumbo, M.A., MFT*****website

“Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter… now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Palumbo specializes in helping new and established screenwriters, directors, and novelists address creative issues, as well as those involving mid-life and career transition.” [from website]

Author of book: Writing from the Inside Out  // See quotes on page: counseling


Pat Powell, M.A.  Irvine, CA

“My background working with gifted people began with my joining Mensa many years ago as well as attracting bright clients who yearned for a counselor equally bright… the gifted ones know I’m at their level and they’d better get down to business and stop trying to ‘win.’…  I believe brightness comes in all degrees and types, and blindspots aren’t limited to the non-gifted.”

Pat Powell, M.A.    (714) 573-1333


Paula ProberPaula Prober “is a psychotherapist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. She specializes in counseling gifted adults and youth and consulting with parents of gifted children.

“Before becoming a therapist, she was a teacher in the public schools and worked with gifted children in grades 1-8. She’s been an adjunct instructor with University of Oregon and a guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University.

“She’s written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, and Advanced Development Journal. Her book on gifted adults and youth, published by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Press, will be out in the spring of 2016.”


Blog on gifted adults



Nicole Quaid, MFT – “I work with individual adults, couples, teens and families. In addition to the common issues such as: Depression, Anxiety, Significant losses, Relationship issues, Low self esteem, Career transitions, Managing high sensitivity, Social anxiety, Seeking self improvement, I work with artists and creative individuals seeking support in: Moving through creative blocks, Reducing procrastination, Managing heightened sensitivities…”

584 ½ North Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004


Tara Rech, Ph.D. – “In addition to psychotherapy, I help people in the creative professions on a consultation basis to overcome creative blocks and define and refine their creative processes. I also help people in other professions to learn to think and work outside of the box. … I have been teaching on creativity and mental health topics in the Bay Area since 1999, after I completed my dissertation on the topic of how meaningful experiences are facilitated through art.”

5835 College Avenue, Suite C   Oakland,  California  94618
(510) 986-9295


Mary Rocamora, M.A.   Founder and director of The Rocamora School     Los Angeles, CA   323-876-3358

Related articles:

Misdiagnosis of the Gifted by Lynne Azpeitia, M.A. and Mary Rocamora, M.A.

Counseling Issues with Recognized and Unrecognized Gifted Adults by Mary Rocamora


Annette Revel Sheely – Associated with the Gifted Development Center – which can also provide referrals to therapists.

“My areas of interest are: the emotional and psychological needs of gifted children, adolescents, and adults; the special issues of gifted girls; the highly gifted; and assessment of the gifted. My current research includes a study of scores of the WISC-III and the Stanford-Binet, Form L-M, to identify the highly gifted.”

School counselor at Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative           [Also see interview]


Sarah SwensonSarah Swenson, MA, LMHCA
Psychotherapy, Intellectual Giftedness
1818 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 312
Seattle WA 98109
206.948.4221    |

Description of Psychotherapy Practice

Do words like creative, curious, intense, and sensitive resonate strongly with you? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by many interests and abilities? Do you ever feel out of step with others, or lonely in a group? Do existential questions concern you deeply? I help individuals come to terms with their talents, intelligence, and abilities, and learn to change any negative patterns of thought or behavior, so that they can move forward in their lives with confidence and clarity.

You don’t have to struggle through challenges alone. You can make any situation easier to understand and manage with support and guidance.
I see clients in my office in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. I also have an office in the Lake City neighborhood of North Seattle. Once counseling relationships are established in person, we can also conduct our sessions on the telephone or via Skype.

[Also see article: Intellectual Giftedness at War with Itself: All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep… By Sarah Swenson.]


Shulamit Widawsky – Educational Therapist working with the gifted in Northern Virginia. “My clients come to me because they feel frustrated or uncomfortable in some aspects of their lives, and they need to work things out with someone who understands the special emotional needs of the gifted.”



See lists of psychologists and therapists

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page :
Psychologists familiar with Testing the Gifted and Exceptionally Gifted

SENG Professional Members Listing – “…have shown that they are dedicated to helping gifted individuals.”



Other gifted resources

Deborah Ruf, Ph.D., the founder of TalentIgniter, “is an international authority in gifted assessment, test interpretation, and guidance for the gifted. Having been a parent, teacher and administrator in elementary through graduate education, she writes and speaks about school issues and social and emotional adjustment of gifted children, is co-author of the book Successfully Parenting the Gifted Child and author of Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind.

She has developed the Ruf Estimates of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment.


Also see listing of Gifted – High Ability related sites




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Jenna AveryJenna Avery “is a highly sensitive coach and intuitive who offers an original coaching program called Embrace Your Essential Self, designed to guide sensitive souls to find a deep sense of inner rightness within themselves so they are inspired to step forward and shine.” …

“In addition to my own writing, I use my intuition, empathy, and practicality to help leading, visionary writers step fully into their creative ideas, dreams, and abilities.”

website  /  articles


Gitte BackhausenGitte Backhausen   Counsellor & Career Coach – Sydney, Australia

“Being highly sensitive can be truly rewarding as well as really challenging (as you would know). When the rewards are overtaken by challenges, it may be wise to learn better strategies to manage as well as reassess your direction, values and choices in life, to find a better balance suited to you.

“I am a degree qualified counsellor (active member of ACA) as well as career coach (active member of CDAA) and am highly sensitive myself. I work with people from all walks of life, especially those who have the innate trait of high sensitivity. It is always my aim to support you to find your own answers within and help you reconnect to your strength and resources, as well as explore new strategies to find out what works for you (and what doesn’t).

“Whether you feel you need support with personal matters or your career/job is causing you concerns, you are always welcome to give me a call for a free initial confidential chat.

“Please go to my website for more details


Jenna ForrestJenna Forrest

“Specializing in coaching for: empaths, highly sensitive people, sensitive kids, healing, overcoming a period of hardship, root causes, core beliefs, intuition, consciousness, rebuilding, mindset, empowerment, validation, personal capacity, human potential, transcendence, mind body spirit.”

website  /  articles


Lisa RileyLisa Riley “coaches creative professionals and working artists by empowering them to take steps towards maximizing their creativity and reach their creative potential for success.

“With my background as an artist, dancer, designer and writer along with exploration of the creative process, I understand the unique challenges of pursuing a creative life and profession.”

[Articles]     site:  The Art of Mind



Also see more coaches and resources:

Sites and Coaches for Highly Sensitive People

Facebook has a number of groups that include discussions and resources – such as: Gifted and Talented Advocacy.



> Note: this listing includes names added over the course of several years, so some items may be out of date. This is for information only and does not imply referrals by me, site author Douglas Eby.

A couple of quotes on therapy by artists:

“When I started going to therapy there wasn’t a specific, clear, rational thing that made me start, but as soon as I did, everything in my life changed, almost immediately… There’s another part of me working that isn’t the intellectual side — the unconscious — and that was not awake most of my life. Not actively. There were times when it would push through, but now I feel I’m really honoring it.”

Maggie Gyllenhaal. An acclaimed actor, she is also a graduate of Columbia University in literature and Eastern religions.

“Acting is telling a story, and you’re part of telling that story… in some ways therapy helps more than acting class. You realize why you operate in certain ways.”

Actor Heather Graham


See more quotes on the page Counseling / therapy.

Main site of Douglas Eby: Talent Development Resources



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