helping high-ability adults thrive

We work with a number of trusted associates whose
skills and expertise we draw on
according to the specific requirements of the
different projects which we undertake.


We are also in contact with other international organisations relevant to high-ability adults as follows:


In the United Kingdom: British Mensa


In the Netherlands: IHBV (Instituut Hoogbegaafdheid Volvassenen)


In the United States: SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted); Hoagies' Gifted`

Sonja Esterhuyse Falck, a South African who has long been settled in London, founded Equipped Consulting as a result of doctoral research she has undertaken on high-ability adults. She has been involved in the field of psychology in various ways for the whole of her adult life – as a qualified executive coach, a senior accredited

Who we are

Jeremy Connell is a senior psychotherapist, life coach and mediator based in west London. He has particular experience in supporting business and professional people who are in demanding jobs and facing life or career crises and transitions. He has also built a formidable reputation for enabling senior individuals and organisations to resolve disputes.

Mission statement


Our goal is to improve the personal and professional lives of high-ability adults and through them to benefit their wider societal contexts. We aim to achieve this by providing quality, emotionally intelligent consulting services – coaching and organisational consultation, workshops, development groups, therapy – that are a) tailored to the specific needs and interests of high-ability adults and b) educative and supportive of those wishing to better understand, employ, or collaborate with high-ability adults.




Our mission of “helping high-ability adults thrive” might sound controversial and counter-intuitive: after all, does simply having high ability not in itself make someone thrive? If you have high ability surely you shouldn’t need any help? Who are such people anyway? And what is meant by “high ability”? If it means having some kind of advantage, isn’t it unfair to offer services for people who already have an advantage – shouldn’t we instead be helping those who are in some way disadvantaged? And isn’t it politically incorrect or even unethical to identify certain people rather than others as having “high ability”?



How we see it


We define a person with high ability as someone who has experienced regularly standing out currently or in the past for functioning differently - faster, more capably - relative to their peers or seniors in any domain or activity.


Persons in such a position have individual differences and related challenges and needs that, without being suitably addressed, can be a negative rather than positive influence for themselves and for those around them.


We accept it as fact (though not everyone will agree) that
people have differing levels of ability in various different areas.


In the ordinary course of our lives, differing levels of ability are regularly encountered and assessed through self-experience, reactions of others, school tests, selection procedures for universities and jobs, successes and recognitions accorded and achievements gained or failed. It is an aspect of life that can be a source of inspiration, fulfilment, pride, triumph, anger, disappointment, bitterness, shame.  We are not, however, in the business of classifying who counts as having high ability in which domain or to what extent.  It is the actual phenomenon of someone standing out from others, the reactions triggered for all involved, and how this can best be managed, that is our focus.


We know that level of ability alone never determines outcome.

But living with high ability constitutes an individual difference that Equipped Consulting recognises as a unique experience with unique implications that we consider are worthy of our understanding and attention.

psychotherapist, a university lecturer, and a designer and leader of workshops and personal and professional development groups.


Sonja’s main interest is in improving personal and professional relationships, and she has a long track record (since 1996) of success in this with clients from a wide range of nationalities, backgrounds, and work sectors including law, finance, performing arts, IT, publishing, energy, academia, property, and health professions. She consults with individuals, couples and groups, including running monthly reflective practice groups for teams of staff and management.

Jeremy acquired his psychotherapy, coaching and mediation skills through extensive training and a unique combination of experiences – in the legal profession, the Foreign Service, international business (providing strategic information and advice to senior management of global 500 companies), and private practice. He especially enjoys helping motivated individuals, many of whom are high achievers, from wide ranging backgrounds and different cultures to fulfil their potential and enjoy life to the full. Many of his client assignments come about through personal recommendation.

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    Sonja followed an honours degree in clinical psychology at the University of Cape Town with an MA in psychoanalysis at Middlesex University and a psychotherapy training at the Philadelphia Association. She is a psychotherapist registered with the UKCP and senior accredited with the BACP. Sonja trained as an executive coach with the Tavistock (EMCC Senior Practitioner level) and she is currently completing her doctorate at Metanoia/Middlesex University. She holds a City & Guilds PTLLS teaching qualification and is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. She also designs and delivers psychology, personal and professional development courses and workshops in adult education (at City Lit, Covent Garden).

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    Jeremy completed a law degree at Aberdeen University and went on to practise as a solicitor in Scotland. He later spent nearly ten years in the fast stream of HM Diplomatic Service and five years as Head of Marketing at a major international law firm in London. He went on to co-found a successful international consultancy firm which he left in 2013 after eighteen years in a senior consulting role in order to concentrate on his psychotherapy, coaching and mediation practice.


    Jeremy is a Registered Independent Counsellor with UKRC. He has been an accredited member of the BACP and a CEDR (Centre for Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator for more than 15 years. He has specialist training and experience in Stress Management, Person Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. His other qualifications include a Certificate of Coaching Skills under the ICF’s Accredited Coach Training Programme. Over the last few years he has devoted considerable time to studying the latest research into happiness and well being internationally and his focus is on how this can be applied cost effectively for the benefit of individuals and groups in modern society.

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