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At AATC, we specialize in working with those identified as GTI-m, 2e, ADHD, and ASD1 (or neurodivergent).

Gifted is described as highly proficient in one or more domains: physical, creative, academics or others.  Twice Exceptional, or 2e is described as gifted with another exceptionality, most commonly, ADHD or ASD1.

GTI-m people often demonstrate intense emotional responses, high sensitivity, heightened empathy, negative processing of experiences, and existential thoughts or rumination starting at a young age.

Often, GTI-m also shares a diagnosis or presentation as high anxiety, depression, issues with self-identity and feelings of low self-worth.  In some, neural divergence may also contribute to the processing of life events as intensely traumatic, a result of asynchronous development in several brain areas.

Adults may experiences Complex-PTSD symptoms, or other mental health issues as a result of frequent events of being misunderstood, dismissed, or ostracised through life. 

For more information, see our resources page for a list of recommended articles/books such as "Trauma of Gifted".

 

Practice leader and founder of AATC, Michelle L. Guy has over 30 years experience working with children, youth, families, and adults in a variety of settings (see "Our Team" page to access her profile).

To support our clients, we use an integration of widely recognized evidence-based approaches (TF-CBT, IFS, DBT, art & play, and others) and our unique therapeutic model, developed by Michelle L. Guy, "The Acorn & Anchor Model or Practice" (AAMP). AAMP incorporates the foundation of a relational practice and enhanced knowledge and understanding that therapeutic alliance is key.  Research shows that the client-therapist alliance with a foundation of trust and unconditional acceptance is a key indicator of positive results in therapy, regardless of all other factors.

The Acorn & Anchor Approach also integrates trauma-informed/focused approaches,  neuropsychological research and knowledge, along with a client-focused ideology. Through the use of authentic self in practice and a sound knowledge of theories and methodologies, including Interpersonal neurobiology (D. Siegel), Internal Family Systems (R. Schwartz), and Polyvagal Systems Theory (S. Porges), to name a few, we are able to meet each client’s unique needs for therapy and support. 

 

As a practice that supports clients with complex minds and challenges, we are a group of passionate, complex-minded therapists who think outside of the often outdated realm of popular "one size fits all" approaches and maintain a Centre that is innovative, up to date on current research, and unique.

 

Each member of our practice team uses AAMP and also bring their own clinical and experiential knowledge to the team providing enhanced learning, professional consultation, and peer supervision along with it.  All therapists additionally receive training, consultation and clinical supervision with Michelle L. Guy,  and attend external training programs to maintain the "best practice" approaches for the clients they see.

Due to the nature of our integrative approach, and the highly under researched area of Giftedness, it is challenging to access public funding. Private donations can help fund access to those with financial barriers to services.   To make a donation, please email info@acornandanchor.com

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