Clinical and Consulting Psychology

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Dr. Carolyn Light is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in the state of California. She is also a Registered Nurse and has expertise in both practice and research in many areas. Her areas of specialization include gifted and talented individuals, women's issues, parenting and family intervention, psychological and psychoeducational assessment, and public presentations.


Adults dealing with the concept of "giftedness" are faced with many questions. Their own lives have been journeys filled with divergent experiences. Parents are often the first to recognize their child's giftedness. Very early in life there will be noticeable differences in advancement in areas such as intellectual ability, memory, leadership, and creativity. Giftedness entails more than just being "smart". Being gifted involves both quantitative and qualitative differences. It is an entirely different way of existing for both adults and children.

Parenting requires skills for which few individuals are confidently trained. Families with gifted children often have special needs. Often parents of gifted children are faced with a discrepancy between the abilities and behaviors of their child and those in other children. Many times, parenting methods recommended for the typical child are ineffective at best, and harmful at worst. This asynchrony, along with their child's curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, and abilities can generate many questions and/or concerns.

Unfortunately, there is often a lack of awareness regarding gifted individuals, even among some professionals.  Gifted individuals are often misunderstood or expected to be capable and successful without assistance.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Adults and children benefit immensely from intervention specific to the needs of the gifted individuals.


  • Assess and identify giftedness in adults and children.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of
    the unique needs of gifted individuals and their families.
  • Address the needs of gifted children and their
    families in individual and group formats.
  • Enhance parenting skills by providing
    information, resources and presentations.
  • Assist in nurturing the emotional
    and social development of gifted children.
  • Offer access to material, resources, and
    organizations dedicated to the gifted individual.
  • Educate and inform other professionals regarding
    the needs of gifted children in lecture and
    workshop formats.


Dr. Light offers a complimentary consultation.


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