Volume 8: Counseling Gifted Adults

When gifted adults seek counseling, it can be difficult to find professionals with knowledge of the special issues that giftedness itself incurs. Misinterpretation of the sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, concern for justice, paradoxical thinking, and feeling out-of-sync that are the ground of the experience of being gifted can lead to misdiagnosis and ineffective or traumatizing treatment. Volume 8 of Advanced Development looks at some of the problems that present when gifted adults seek counseling and examines ways in which knowledgeable and gifted counselors provide real help to this unique population. Included are theoretical perspectives, research insights, and therapeutic applications. Douglas Kutner’s “Blurred Brilliance: What AD/HD Looks Like In Gifted Adults” has resonated with many of our readers.