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I don’t live in the NYC area – can I still meet with you?

Absolutely – I offer phone and Skype sessions as a way to accommodate both those who live farther away as well as for individuals who are unable to travel to a meeting location. In fact, most of my coaching sessions take place by phone.

What happens during the free 30 minute consultation?

During this time, we will talk by phone to discuss your current situation and your career/work-life balance goals. I will also share my approach to career and work-life coaching. We will use this time to get to know each other a bit and determine whether working together would ultimately meet your needs.

What can I expect from career and work-life coaching with you? What is your approach? How do you work with clients?

I work from a client-centered approach, which basically means I believe you ultimately have the answers to your questions and concerns. I never tell clients what to do but rather act as a guide to offer objective insight, support, resources, tools, and information to help you in your journey or quest. I see our working together as a partnership.

In the first session, we usually spend time talking about your situation, dreams, and concerns, and identify concrete goals and a plan. Subsequent sessions follow the outlined plan but are tweaked as needed. I make it a point to check in with clients as we go to ensure you are getting what you need. I tend to assign homework to keep the process moving and make the best use of our time together. I am available in between sessions via email and am happy to answer any thoughts or questions.

Do you know my field? Will you help me come up with new career ideas?

I do help clients brainstorm new career ideas, but I won’t have all the answers. It is impossible these days to know every career field, all possible positions, and every niche area. In addition, while some career coaches specialize in a particular field, I would describe myself as a generalist. At the same time, I do have connections with people from various fields and will often consult with them, when possible, about their industries. We will also discuss other ways you can expand your career options through various resources, informational interviews, and other strategies.

Do you offer career “tests”?

Yes, I have been trained to administer various career assessments. I do not see these as tests, but rather as tools that offer a framework from which to consider various options. In terms of formal assessments, I work with the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, and SkillScan. I also tend to use card sorts, other popular tools, and informal exercises. Together we will come up with a plan that best suits your goals and needs, which may or may not involve career assessment tools.

Do you only work with mothers? Do you work with men?

In addition to working with mothers, I also work with women who do not have children as well as men. In general, I specialize in assisting women and the work-life issues they face, but it isn’t just mothers who struggle with integrating work and life!