Paula Wilkes, Ph.D.
Coach and Consultant
Dr. Paula Wilkes is an educational therapist, coach, and consultant for gifted children and adults. She provides coaching and consultation services for parents and students for school-related issues, social-emotional issues including emotional regulation and anxiety, as well as spiritual and sensory sensitivities.
Dr. Wilkes often takes a hybrid therapy approach with her clients that combines ed therapy and coaching in order to meet the individual’s academic and emotional needs. This could mean relating to a client through a focus on their favorite subject, or providing ed therapy for dyslexia while simultaneously talking about anxiety, depression, or school-related issues. Time and again, Dr. Wilkes is able to forge personal relationships with her clients that make her guidance even more targeted and effective.
Dr. Wilkes also serves as a coach for gifted and twice-exceptional adults who may be struggling with issues related to misdiagnosis, multipotentiality, anxiety, work and/or relationship challenges, and for those with a desire to make a stronger connection to their spiritual sensitivity. Dr. Wilkes is available virtually and has experience working with international clients.
Dr. Wilkes has been an educator and coach for more than 40 years. She earned her B.A. at UCLA and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. During the first 25 years of her career, Dr. Wilkes was a public school teacher in Eugene, Oregon. During that time, she worked with gifted students both within a heterogeneous classroom and as a gifted specialist, and she created and ran a literacy center for students who struggled to learn to read. For nearly 10 years, she worked as a professor of education at Pacific University’s Eugene campus where she created and coordinated the Center for Gifted Education, and where she taught courses in literacy, math, diverse learning communities, and gifted education.