YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED—Interview Style
How did you decide to become a career coach and counselor?
I decided to become a coach and counselor because I thrive in roles that directly help people. I can remember being of help to others starting pre-school as I was always interested in helping others who appeared to be struggling. I like to promote people’s learning and personal development.
As a certified life, career transition, and job search coach, I specialize in helping talented ambitious professionals transform their careers into meaningful, satisfying, and prosperous work. I offer customized career coaching programs and resume & profile writing packages.
Reach out to us here to explore what we can accomplish by working together.
What guiding principles inform your work?
I hold a non-judgmental, safe space for my clients and assist them in self-discovery and design for growth. I think it’s essential to identify and support what is working in one’s life as most people come to therapy, counseling, or coaching to address what is not working. I help my clients find clarity in what makes them unique, gain confidence in their natural strengths, and cultivate the courage to explore what needs to change to improve their life and overall well-being.
If you are ready to explore ways to transform your life and career this year, you will have several options to choose from depending on your support level and what goals you want to accomplish.
What clientele do you work with most frequently?
I provide career development coaching, job search coaching, career counseling, resumes, and profile writing to help professionals who want to significantly improve their work-life satisfaction or advance in their career.
Whether you’re just launching your career or want to make a career change, I think knowing WHO you are is essential to match WHAT it is you want to do, particularly if you’d like to experience a meaningful and fulfilling career long-term.
As a career coach and counselor, I help you explore answers to questions like, “Who am I? and “How do I matter?”
When you know WHO you are and the VALUE you bring to a company, you gain clarity to explore what’s possible in your life and career. You also increase your confidence in making informed decisions and taking the right action to claim the lead in your industry.
What was your previous work before going into private practice?
I’m an expired fish biologist, yoga teacher, bodyworker, couple’s therapist, addictions counselor, and more. Forever curious, always learning, and love losing track of time engaging in creative projects. I’m an expert at living skillfully.
I value time to regularly reflect on whether I’m living aligned with my values and strive to let go of what doesn’t feel authentic to be sure to embrace what does.
I’m an entrepreneur, trailblazer, and a healthy, active lifestyle enthusiast. I own and operate ‘Claim the Lead,’ where I specialize in transformation. I provide comprehensive career services to empower budding careerists and ambitious trailblazers to break free from their limitations and step into a life of more personal power, positivity, and prosperity.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
As a career coach, I have the honor of guiding my clients towards living a life that they want to live and having a career that lights them up, even on a Monday morning – this is very rewarding and gives me the energy to leap out of bed during the workweek.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to get outdoors and ride my bike or go hiking in the mountains in my free time. I also enjoy writing, reading, and cooking delicious plant-based meals.
Can you tell us more about your focus area of career change or transition?
People often come to me because they aren’t satisfied in their careers and want to gain clarity about discovering and finding more fulfilling work and the exact steps to get there.
I provide high-touch personalized coaching and counseling to help my clients find clarity in what makes them unique, gain confidence in their natural strengths and cultivate the courage to explore a new direction in their career.
Can you tell us more about your focus area of holistic career development and job search?
I attract purpose-driven ambitious students and professionals who are looking for opportunities to grow and advance in their careers. They might have outgrown their current role or experiencing a layoff and need help navigating a transition.
Holistic career development is all about understanding and connecting what sparks your interests, aligns with your values, and motivates you to grow and manage your skill development and performance. I help people learn effective job search strategies, improve their self-presentation, maintain their motivation, boost their job search confidence, and how to become strong job applicants.
Can you tell us more about your focus area of living your purpose?
A purpose is your intention to accomplish something that matters deeply to you, benefiting the world. Many people describe an overarching sense of purpose in life and then more specific goals within particular life roles (e.g., career, family, marriage, volunteer, citizen, leisure). In general, when those more specific purposes align with one’s broader sense of purpose in life, well-being results.
People who experience a sense of purpose in their careers are often more confident and comfortable in their career choice and are happier at work. Many are more committed to their jobs and their organizations, put more effort into their work, and feel that life as a whole is more meaningful and satisfying.
What would our first session together be like?
Before meeting for our first session, you will have completed a comprehensive coaching intake questionnaire to prepare you for our work together. During this session, I will review this with you, and we will further explore what you would like to accomplish in our work together and begin to establish some clear short-term and long-term goals.
Do you assign “homework” between sessions?
Yes, I will often provide you with specific exercises, assessments, activities, etc., that are relevant to what we are working on together and that will support you in reaching your goals.
How do you help ensure I'm making progress in coaching?
Each week you are provided a session prep form designed to help you be accountable and track your progress. It is also a great way to communicate with me your wins, current challenges, and the support you’d like to receive in your next session.
How long do clients typically see you for?
It completely depends on where you’re at, where you want to go, and how big the gap is to get there. Minimum 3 months.
How can I prepare for our first session?
To best prepare for our first session, you’ll complete some pre-work. It will get you engaged in the process and help me get to know you as a whole person, and learn how to best support you in the initial phase of our work together.
How will I know it’s time to end my time in coaching with you, or reduce session frequency?
You will have reached the goals that you set out to accomplish in our work together.
How do I know that it’s time to start seeking coaching?
First, ask yourself – In a nutshell, are you ready, willing, and able to turn challenges into victories by learning new skills and tools to build a more satisfying, prosperous future?
If your answer is “yes,” then it’s an excellent time to work with a professional coach!
Second, Identify the one thing you want to change in your life and find a coach or counselor that you resonate with to help you make that change.
Why should I seek coaching, rather than turning to my partner, friends, or other loved ones?
Many of us would benefit from a trusted guide and someone to walk alongside us as we navigate rough spots in our personal and professional lives. You can enlist support from essential others; however, they lack the training and expertise to help you reduce your suffering and flourish.
What advice would you share with career coach seekers?
You don’t have to have everything in your life, and career all figured out to take action towards accomplishing your dreams. The most important thing is to develop your authentic confidence and have a desire to grow. I am here to guide you every step of the way along your unique path that leads you towards a positive and prosperous future.