The Clinic

The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted provides psychotherapy and educational consulting to support the overall development of exceptionally and profoundly gifted people. Patients are all ages and reside throughout the world.

Our clinic in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada is situated minutes from the United States border, easily accessible to patients from British Columbia and Washington State. International patients may spend extended periods of time at the clinic or may negotiate out‐of‐country meetings. Some online support is available.

The Practice

P. Susan Jackson has developed and refined the Integral Practice for the Gifted model based on over twenty‐five years of in‐depth psychotherapy, research, and consulting with exceptionally gifted people. The model addresses all aspects of the gifted individual: intellectual, emotional, moral, spiritual, social, physical, ….

At the Daimon Institute, the Integral Practice for the Gifted involves psychotherapy that integrates all facets of the highly gifted person and fosters advanced development in all spheres, family support consisting of therapeutic interventions that honour all family members, consultation on the educational and mental health needs of exceptionally gifted people, and mentoring to provide role models, guidance, and like‐minded understanding.

P. Susan Jackson

Sue has extensive clinical and developmental expertise, including over thirty thousand hours of psychotherapy supporting highly and profoundly gifted persons of all ages. She also has nine years experience as a Gifted and Talented support coordinator within the public school system.

In addition to numerous academic publications, Sue is a contributing author of several books, including Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds, Living with Intensity, and The International Handbook of the Gifted.

Sue is a Network Communication Committee Officer of the (NAGC) and former chair of the NAGC Counselling and Guidance Network (Social and Psychological Support).

The Clients

Gifted individuals experience a strong need for knowledge, communion, and expression. They tend to show intensity in imagination, intellectual prowess, sensitivity, and emotion which is atypical in the general population; thus, they may be at risk for misunderstanding, isolation and despair.

The gifted often feel a deep need to discover their most authentic selves, the essence of their individual being. They also feel a powerful and not‐to‐be‐denied need to affect this world — to experience a sense of having shaped or touched or acted upon human experience in a meaningful way. At the Daimon Institute, we help exceptional people become conscious of who they are, while strengthening their resolve and connections in the world. We provide community, insight, support, resources, and encouragement for highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted people as they navigate their unique and authentic pathway in life.

Giftedness defined

Giftedness is a label applied to those who evidence uncommonly high intelligence and ability, intelligence being defined as the sum of cognitive, intuitive, affective, and neurological functioning; it indicates an advanced and accelerated development of cognitive function within the mind, expressed in high levels of emotional complexity; physical sensing; and intuitive faculties such as academic aptitude, insight and innovation, creativity, artistry, leadership, and personal and interpersonal awareness.

Who are the profoundly gifted?

At the highest end of the spectrum of giftedness is a distinct subset, constituting less than half a percent of the general population, which we identify as the profoundly gifted (PG).

The profoundly gifted are as different from moderately gifted people with IQs of 130 as the moderately gifted are from those with an IQ of 100. Possessing astonishing cognitive capacity, extraordinary sensitivity, and trademark intensities, this sub‐group comprises remarkable and idiosyncratic individuals. When properly supported, their boundless enthusiasm and appetite for all that life has to offer, insatiable curiosity, empathy, and energy unlock wellsprings of matchless potential. They are driven to learn, to live fully in accordance with a heightened awareness of who they are, and to make a positive impact upon, or contribution to, the broader world.

As with any special needs group, however, it is vital that we provide knowledgeable parenting, teaching, and psychological support that is truly congruent with the needs of the profoundly gifted — intellectual, emotional, social, moral, and in the areas of their individual talents. Lacking an informed and mindful approach in our interventions, we may inadvertently squander their remarkable abilities, and crush the animating essence at the core of their being, that fuels their passion for learning and gives meaning to their existence.

Rise — 
our latest documentary film

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(Note: the above is merely a promotional video; the full version of Rise — buyable below — is much longer.)

Profound giftedness is a way of experiencing, perceiving, thinking, and creating that is fundamentally different from a more typical human experience. Our new hour‐long documentary film, Rise: The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted, is a look into the lives of twelve exceptionally and profoundly gifted children, teenagers, and young adults, fleshed out by stirring testimony from parents, teachers, and school administrators.

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Watching Rise was life changing for my 12 year old. She had tears rolling down her cheeks during the film. On the way back to our room I asked her about it. She said she thought she would always feel alone. She didn't think anyone else was like her except her siblings. She is still deeply touched by the film and talks about it. I am a physician and I have seen many kids misdiagnosed with mental health diagnosis when giftedness was the issue.

Rise is a valuable contribution towards improving awareness about our exceptionally and profoundly gifted children.

I just finished watching this. I am speechless. The stories are diverse and yet the soul of each story sings the same haunting tune. Hope and pain and healing emanate through the cast of real living beautifully gifted humans. Thank you for this important documentary.

I just saw the documentary Rise: The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted. Loved it!

Congratulations on a phenomenal documentary. Even when it was over I wanted to keep seeing those in it. I think this should be required viewing by all teachers present and upcoming and of course the public at large.

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