The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted provides psychotherapy and educational consulting to support the overall development of Exceptionally and Profoundly gifted (EPG) people. Patients are all ages, and reside throughout the world.
We conduct Research and provide In-service, Keynotes, and Educational Presentations about the unique lived experience of the Exceptionally and Profoundly gifted children, adolescents, and adults, for mental health practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers, parents, and the profoundly gifted themselves.
Location and How the Clinic Works
Our clinic in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, is situated minutes from the United States border, easily accessible to patients from British Columbia and Washington State. We are 45 minutes from the beautiful city of Vancouver; within an hour of two international airports.
Patients from five continents receive support at the Daimon Institute. Some patients are able to attend sessions in person; they are usually within 2-3 hours driving distance. International patients may spend extended time at the clinic or may negotiate out-of-country meetings.
Online counselling (i.e. telehealth or video therapy) is another option for some. This is a form of counselling where appointments take place using technology and the internet. This occurs in real-time through the use of a computer, tablet, or phone, and the online video platform Doxy.me.
There are a range of needs that bring folks to the Daimon Institute. Some exceptionally bright people are seeking guidance on how to navigate a world unfit and unfamiliar with the needs of the very bright. These may be young people or adults. Some families are seeking help with the learning, emotional, and social needs of their exceptionally gifted offspring. Others seek support for challenging mental health concerns and these complex situations are looked at on a case-by-case basis.
Our Scope of Practice and Limits of Service - 2021
Generally, telehealth or video therapy alone is an insufficient modality to deal with complex clinical issues such as severe depression or complicated anxiety, as but two examples. The landscape of remote access options for mental health counseling is changing daily, nationally and globally, as is the scope of practice and limits of service.
In general, online counseling is not designed to capture all the subtle, powerful nonverbal and paralanguage that is endemic to a complex (possibly) deleterious psychological state. These counseling needs are best addressed by qualified professional, face-to-face, with whom the patient has easy geographic access.
We conduct Scientific research, collaborate with other leaders in the field of Gifted Education and Gifted Psychology and provide direction and leadership to those seeking to understand this exceptional populace.
Sue travels for speaking engagements, throughout the world, and often sets up satellite Daimon Institute clinics while presenting in a new city. Recently, she ran satellite clinics in Toronto, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
She conducts extended symposiums in Europe, annually, to mixed audiences including educators, mental-health practitioners of all stripes, researchers, academics, and EPG persons themselves. The next symposium is scheduled for 2021 in The Netherlands.