Career Counseling / Career Coaching
Serving Clients from the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia metropolitan areas.

What is the difference between career counseling and career coaching?

Do I need a career counselor or a career coach? I am often asked this question. My answer is that career counselors are the best career coaches available. In my practice I use the terms career counseling and career coaching interchangeably. Career counseling/coaching is a process to help a person identify and accomplish goals in the world of work while also taking into consideration the whole person's needs, wishes, dreams, interests, personality preferences and lifestyle.

What kind of counseling/coaching model do you use?

I specialize in goal oriented, solution-based career counseling using a collaborative, empathic, integrative and dynamic model. I create an individualized career plan just for you. I help you identify and prioritize your concerns and collaboratively we set an immediate goal and a long term goal. I devise strategies to help you reach each goal. I assess you informally in a question and answer format, and a values exercise; and formally I administer the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory, and the Self Directed Search.

What are some typical career concerns?

Some (but not all) of the career counseling issues I have helped people with over my twenty-five years of experience are:

  • Career Management/Career Maintenance
  • Career Exploration
  • Career Identification
  • Career Change
  • Career Advancement
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Networking
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Salary negotiations
  • Strategies for resume revision, portfolio development
  • Developing a reference list
  • Guidelines for writing cover letters
  • Entering the work force for the first time
  • Re-entering the workforce
  • Occupation versus Avocation
  • Occupational Outlook
  • Coping with Job loss
  • Dealing with difficult people in the workplace
  • Finding a new job while in your present job

What distinguishes you from many other career counselors/coaches?

I have a unique advantage because I am a mental-health-trained counselor as well as a Master Career Counselor who is able to work with emotional issues that often accompany career counseling such as:

  • Job loss and the accompanying fear, sadness, and anxiety that may occur
  • Entering or re-entering the workforce after a separation or divorce and the feelings of low self-esteem, anger, fear and sometimes depression that surface
  • Career change which may be exciting and frightening at the same time
  • Job relocation to another city, state, or country: the emotional effects on the family and the individual
  • International career/education experiences and possible cultural shock and re-entry shock
  • Networking strategies and coping with lack of confidence, anxiety
  • Office politics and getting along with difficult people in the workplace

How can you help me?

  • I provide you with an honest, empathic, encouraging, and caring relationship in a safe, private and confidential office setting.
  • We will collaborate to devise a personal plan that lists and prioritizes your career concerns.
  • Together we set goals that are specific, manageable, attainable, realistic and timely.
  • We will focus on your existing strengths and present needs.
  • Strategies and resources will be identified to help you meet your goals and achieve a positive outcome from your counseling.
  • I have a proven record of positive outcomes in helping clients clarify and/or attain their career goals.