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
- 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.