When “Smart”

Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg…


Help for Parents,

Families, Teens and Adults

Is your child smart and…Thinks they’re not?…Bored?…Struggling in school?…Having a hard time finding friends?…Behaving badly?…Frozen by perfectionism?…Plagued with worries?…Highly intense?…Hugely sensitive?…Wearing you out?
Are you…Sensing your child is different?…Struggling to understand your child?…Worrying that your child will never succeed?…Thinking you have failed as a parent?…Feeling like you are the only one with a child like yours?…Running to keep up with your child?…At a loss for what to try next?
Gifted Matters specializes in helping people who are QUASIE (QUirky, Anxious, Sensitive, Intense, Excitable) learn who they are, what they need and how to get it. Whether you are a parent with questions about your children, a teen who is trying to figure it all out, or an adult who is interested in understanding where you’ve been and where you are going,we can help. We offer a variety of services, with more being developed all the time. Browse the website, get a sense of what we have to offer, and contact us with any questions you have. You can arrange a free 30-minute intial phone consultation by using the calendar on the right.
You don’t have to figure this out alone!


Mika Gustavson, MFT, Director



Gifted Matters staff will be presenting in the following places in the weeks and months to come. Please feel free to come and participate — these events are open to the public.
HSC (Homeschool Association of California) Conference, July 28-31, 2016; Hyatt Regency SFO
Mika will be giving two presentations: An Island of Calm in a Turbulent Sea, and Of Course My Kid is Smart — What’s the Big Deal?
Mika is very pleased to announce she is going to be the Keynote Speaker. She will give a talk entitiled Parenting the Puggle: The Platypus Approach to Parenting Quirky Kids.

Welcome to Cupertino, Summit Center!

Gifted Matters is thrilled to announce that Summit Center, the Bay Area’s premier resource for assessments and educational support for gifted and twice-exceptional individuals, is opening a Silicon Valley office. They are sharing space with Gifted Matters, so South Bay families will no longer have to make the trek to Walnut Creek to work with Summit Center. As my friend and colleague Dr. Dan Peters says, “Our new office presents a great opportunity for families in the Silicon Valley to receive a full range of services from Gifted Matters and Summit Center in one convenient location.”

Dr. Aileen Mosig will be providing comprehensive neuropsychological and educational assessments and counseling to children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Mosig specializes in helping gifted and twice-exceptional children and families.  She is available to make suggestions with regard to gifted and homeschooling resources.

We are looking forward to a long and happy collaboration!



Gifted Matters has moved!

We are so excited to have moved to our new, bigger location! From now on, all appointments will be held in the new office, 21710 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Suite 120, Cupertino. We have only moved two blocks away from our original Cupertino office, and we should be very easy to find. In addition to having more space, the new layout will allow Gifted Matters to add therapists in the future, one of the long-term goals we’ve been hoping to achieve.