During my undergraduate years I grew concerned that I wasn’t finding my path—fascinated by many topics but unsure how to turn any of them into a career. Experimenting with odd jobs and a variety of courses, I could not seem to connect the dots of what I was doing with where I was going. Yet along the way I found inspiration from the mentors, counselors, professors, and coaches who helped me navigate that confusing maze of possibilities.
In the years to come I would earn my Master’s degree in social work, provide community mental health counseling, work in a crisis call center, and launch a successful career coaching practice. With the support of mentors and colleagues, my years of education, training, and experiences came together to form a clear picture. A vision for how a compassionate and genuine career coach can help bridge the gap between feeling stuck and moving forward. I developed my own coaching philosophy and style—one that empowers people’s unique set of values, strengths, creativity, and experiences.
Having now been in the coaching business for a decade, I know that an effective coach is someone who does more than ask standard questions and assign career assessments. It’s someone who possesses a diverse range of experiences, knows how to listen deeply and trust instincts, and finds value and wisdom in everyone’s story. My clients learn from the stories and successes of the clients who’ve come before them. That’s the kind of real world experience that can only come from being a seasoned coach who’s worked for years with people of all ages, industries, career levels, and backgrounds.
My integrative approach trusts in people’s inherent resourcefulness and is tailored to each and every individual. It’s one that has helped a diverse range of clients develop careers across many industries, including professional writing, website design, entrepreneurial start-ups, horticulture, photography, social services, nonprofit development, consulting, human resources, corporate communications, project management, freelancing, and more. In addition to coaching, I write Psychology Today’s Design Your Path blog and have been featured on numerous personal development websites and media outlets.
I make available to Michigan State students and alumni a limited number of free brief initial phone consultations and my career sessions are offered at a discounted rate. Clients can expect a one-hour session to cost $140, with the flexibility of working by phone and email. I am based in Los Angeles and provide consultation services nationwide (in-person sessions not offered). I currently provide resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, and interview consultation/collaboration only. I do not offer resume writing services or career exploration coaching at this time.
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