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Resources for Professionals

Numerous resources are available today that provide information and advice about gifted education and gifted kids; it can be daunting to select only one or two. We have listed those resources which we have personally found to be useful in living and working with gifted individuals.

"Gifted friendly" service providers understand the unique challenges and issues that gifted individuals often have. These people have had training, experience, expertise and/or an appreciation for working with the gifted. (Many of them are gifted individuals themselves!) Individuals and organizations listed here have either been recommended by gifted individuals and have agreed to be listed, or have voluntarily requested to be listed here.

Gifted Friendly Service Providers


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Hilary Beech, PhD MBA MSEE (Licensed Psychologist)
(415) 688-4608

Dr. Beech is a licensed, SENG-certified psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, serving gifted, professional, and creative adults.  She helps clients appreciate their giftedness, develop resiliency in dealing with a world that frequently misunderstands or disappoints them create satisfying relationships, parent their gifted children, and attain professional fulfillment.  She has additional expertise in internet addiction, creativity blocks, navigating transitions, and gender and sexuality.  She holds a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and worked for 25 years in senior roles in engineering, marketing, economic policy research, and academic administration.  She has published research on songwriting as a transformative practice.  Office located at : 582 Market St. Ste. 2004, San Francisco, CA 94104


Hilary Beech, PhD MBA MSEE (Licensed Psychologist)
(415) 688-4608

Dr. Beech is a licensed, SENG-certified psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, serving gifted, professional, and creative adults.  She helps clients appreciate their giftedness, develop resiliency in dealing with a world that frequently misunderstands or disappoints them create satisfying relationships, parent their gifted children, and attain professional fulfillment.  She has additional expertise in internet addiction, creativity blocks, navigating transitions, and gender and sexuality.  She holds a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and worked for 25 years in senior roles in engineering, marketing, economic policy research, and academic administration.  She has published research on songwriting as a transformative practice.  Office located at : 582 Market St. Ste. 2004, San Francisco, CA 94104


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Cal J. Domingue, MFT
(415) 377-0544

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice;
he has been seeing clients for over 15 years. His office is in San
Francisco's Noe Valley on 24th St, convenient from public transit. His
training is in Social/Clinical psychology with a multicultural emphasis, and
he has completed extensive further education on the unique emotional and
psychological needs of the Gifted population. He is in frequent demand as a
consultant and trainer on these topics.

Special topics: Giftedness and development; Giftedness across the LifeSpan; Giftedness in the Workplace; Working with your Gifted Child’s School; Parenting Gifted Children

 


Cal J. Domingue, MFT
(415) 377-0544

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice;
he has been seeing clients for over 15 years. His office is in San
Francisco's Noe Valley on 24th St, convenient from public transit. His
training is in Social/Clinical psychology with a multicultural emphasis, and
he has completed extensive further education on the unique emotional and
psychological needs of the Gifted population. He is in frequent demand as a
consultant and trainer on these topics.

Special topics: Giftedness and development; Giftedness across the LifeSpan; Giftedness in the Workplace; Working with your Gifted Child’s School; Parenting Gifted Children

 


Joanna Lee Haase, Ph.D, MFT
(626) 799-7907

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, she is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.


Joanna Lee Haase, Ph.D, MFT
(626) 799-7907

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, she is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Melanie Brown Kroon, MFT
(818) 623-7023

Melanie Brown Kroon, MFT
(818) 623-7023

Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive. She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive. She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.


Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT
(408) 887-7133

Ms. Matthews provides supportive and practical child and family therapy for gifted and twice exceptional children and their families in private practice. Parent coaching and consulting services are available for parents seeking resources for enrichment or testing and evaluation. She offers talks for parents and teachers in public, private and charter schools across Santa Clara Valley about social, emotional and motivational needs of gifted children. She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and the Parent Representative for California Association for the Gifted Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties).


Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT
(408) 887-7133

Ms. Matthews provides supportive and practical child and family therapy for gifted and twice exceptional children and their families in private practice. Parent coaching and consulting services are available for parents seeking resources for enrichment or testing and evaluation. She offers talks for parents and teachers in public, private and charter schools across Santa Clara Valley about social, emotional and motivational needs of gifted children. She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and the Parent Representative for California Association for the Gifted Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties).


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples

Speakers


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Hilary Beech, PhD MBA MSEE (Licensed Psychologist)
(415) 688-4608

Dr. Beech is a licensed, SENG-certified psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, serving gifted, professional, and creative adults.  She helps clients appreciate their giftedness, develop resiliency in dealing with a world that frequently misunderstands or disappoints them create satisfying relationships, parent their gifted children, and attain professional fulfillment.  She has additional expertise in internet addiction, creativity blocks, navigating transitions, and gender and sexuality.  She holds a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and worked for 25 years in senior roles in engineering, marketing, economic policy research, and academic administration.  She has published research on songwriting as a transformative practice.  Office located at : 582 Market St. Ste. 2004, San Francisco, CA 94104


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Cal J. Domingue, MFT
(415) 377-0544

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice;
he has been seeing clients for over 15 years. His office is in San
Francisco's Noe Valley on 24th St, convenient from public transit. His
training is in Social/Clinical psychology with a multicultural emphasis, and
he has completed extensive further education on the unique emotional and
psychological needs of the Gifted population. He is in frequent demand as a
consultant and trainer on these topics.

Special topics: Giftedness and development; Giftedness across the LifeSpan; Giftedness in the Workplace; Working with your Gifted Child’s School; Parenting Gifted Children

 


Joanna Lee Haase, Ph.D, MFT
(626) 799-7907

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, she is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive. She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.


Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT
(408) 887-7133

Ms. Matthews provides supportive and practical child and family therapy for gifted and twice exceptional children and their families in private practice. Parent coaching and consulting services are available for parents seeking resources for enrichment or testing and evaluation. She offers talks for parents and teachers in public, private and charter schools across Santa Clara Valley about social, emotional and motivational needs of gifted children. She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and the Parent Representative for California Association for the Gifted Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties).


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples