Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC
The number one thing that I love about my job is that I get to see the change as it happens for my clients. I worked as both a teacher for gifted programming and as a school counselor prior to entering private practice and those experiences give me the background to help the clients I serve. With experience in the schools, I am able to help families navigate the 504 and IEP process, advocate for twice-exceptional learners, and collaborate with classroom teachers to help students find success.
I specialize in counseling identified gifted and other high-ability learners. I feel that viewing the unique needs of these individuals through the lens of giftedness is necessary to be effective in helping them to grow. Some of the concerns I find high-ability children and adults struggling with most are perfectionism, existential depression, and being twice-exceptional (for example, both gifted and ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or anxiety/depression).
I frequently provide professional development to school districts on the topics of mental health and giftedness. I am the president and founder of the Gifted Support Network, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the families of gifted and high-ability learners. I frequently present at statewide and national conferences on meeting the mental health and educational needs of high-ability students. I'm also the host of the Mind Matters podcast, which focuses on the development of high-ability and twice-exceptional people through the lifespan.