ABOUT YOU + ABOUT ME
Something's holding you back from making decisions in your career. It could look like...
Lack of confidence
Wanting to "get it right" but not knowing how
But...you've finally reached a point where...
"Enough is enough". You're ready to commit and finally get serious about moving on from career purgatory
You're looking for a specialist to support, guide, and coach you using effective tools and strategies that lead to concrete results and meaningful, lasting change
You're ready for your work to support your life
Since entering the career counselling profession 20 years ago I've helped everyone, from every background with their career transition--even during the great recession (remember 2007 to 2009?). Somehow we all survived to tell the tale and I've continued my work with highly accomplished professionals, leaders, entrepreneurs, in probably any industry you can name.
For years I achieved recognition for my work coaching and counselling clients on their journey to finding meaningful work.
I developed my coaching approach from many years spent learning, practicing, and then teaching a type of coaching rooted in cognitive behavioural theory. The power of this approach is that it offers a very effective framework for creating new ways to resolve issues, produce better results, and achieve goals more easily. I also use an approach called Motivational Interviewing in my practice. It was developed by clinical psychologists and can be useful in eliciting changes in behavior. I use it by helping my clients explore and resolve ambivalence. The approach is client-centred, goal-oriented, and empathetic in nature. Combining this with my vast knowledge of business + career strategy is a highly effective recipe.
In 2012, after over 10 years of working as a career counsellor + coach in corporate Canada (I had a pension. I had benefits. I had an excellent, reliable paycheck), I left that behind to open up my private practice.
I had all the same reservations that anyone has when they want to leave something good for something better. Lots of fear, doubt, uncertainty and people telling me they didn't understand. Undergoing my own transition forced me to practice what I teach. It's my specific career development training + nearly two decades of experience combined with my own lived experience that helps me help others make magic.
My philosophy is that your work should be a tool to help you live the life you want. It will look differently for each of us. I have spent my entire career crafting an approach to help others do this.
As a professional career counsellor + coach I’ve worked with many, many, clients over the past two decades. I've also supervised and trained other career coaches and consultants. Before private practice, I oversaw career + vocational rehabilitation programs for insurance companies, provided career + executive coaching for outplacement providers, and completed vocational evaluation and testing for non-profit organizations. I also worked as a specialist and SME within the employment + career counselling fields, performed recruitment and HR functions, and oversaw life skills coaching, job search training + business start-up programs. I've worked with clients and employers throughout Canada, in the UK and the U.S., with large global corporations, school boards, community colleges and within government. I attend professional development training at least every quarter to keep my qualifications and knowledge current and cutting edge.
In addition to maintaining numerous professional designations, I'm a certified coach. I've undergone extensive training in behavioural + mindset change, and am certified to administer Type B-level career tests and have done so for many years. I have held a professional resume writing designation as well. I've hired and fired people, started and run my own successful private practice and am a mother. In case this means anything to you, I'm an INFJ, Enneagram Type 2. My undergraduate training was in Psychology + Education with subsequent completion of post grad training in Career + Work Counselling, + Cognitive Behavioural Coaching. Because I believe career fulfillment is created largely by what we think, I have a unique approach when it comes to career counselling and don't rely heavily on career testing in my practice.
The world needs big ideas, better ideas, YOUR ideas. My dream and what I do is help smart, passionate, kind folks with great ideas make high quality decisions so they can stop only dreaming and start doing. Then they can turn their career or business idea into something real, and something meaningful--improving their life and in turn, the lives of others.