About My Practice
Celebrating over 20 years helping high-performing people live their professional and personal dreams. Since the early 90s--my first years of helping people with career/life choices--my work with clients has been firmly strengths-based. Orienting the work around recognizing and owning one's strengths provides the sturdiest and most inspiring foundation for going after any worthwhile goal.
Practice Specialty—as a Professional Certified Coach, certified through the International Coach Federation, I work with people to incubate and realize their dreams, leading them to values-based work and life choices which feed their heart and mind, their soul and their financial picture. The focus is on practical approaches for taking action to create the results you want.
Key Values—Service • • Alliance • • Integrity • • Adaptability • • Innovation • • Balance • • Commitment • • Learning • • Personal Growth • • Vision
Types of Clients—Those seeking greater balance, purpose and fulfillment: professionals, overachievers, underemployed, life-long learners, the arts-oriented, the retired and soon-to-be-retired
Experienced In—Managing change, reframing experience in order to address blocking behavior, career transition, Dependable Strengths Process, methodology of teaching, strengths assessment leading to optimum job fit, personal development/spirituality
Coaching Strengths—Commitment to client's success, process expertise, active listening, strategizing, encourage self-discovery to leverage success, client-centered, service-oriented, combine the traits of cheering squad, mentor and trusted friend
Personal Style—Supportive, collaborative, blend the intuitive and the analytical, respectful of the individual's own wisdom and innate ability, catalyst
Distinguishing Features—Innovative approaches, quality of attention, listening and hearing beyond what the client is saying, creator of Archetypes of Calling concept related to identifying one's primary patterns of motivation among those that are universal/fundamental to human experience, offer the benefit of two modes: counseling for understanding, synthesis and methods for getting what you want in your work life and coaching for action and results in all parts of your life
Experience—My career path has included experience in non-profit, for-profit, business, and academic settings. Prior to career counseling and life coaching, I was a foreign language teacher. In very real ways, I continue to be a foreign language teacher, helping people interpret in more productive ways events affecting their lives, plus teaching them new "vocabulary" for identifying and articulating what they want to achieve. Music performance, poetry writing and story telling are aspects of my life that I am currently seeking to integrate more into my work.
Workshop presentations have included these settings: University of Washington, Bellevue Community College, North Seattle Community College, Edmonds Community College, Shoreline Community College, IAM/Boeing, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle Federal Executive Board, Metro-King County, Washington Occupational Information Systems Conference, International Career Development Conference--San Diego, Centerpoint, Talentnet.
Credentials—PCC Professional Certified Coach, certified by the International Coach Federation, trained by the Coaches Training Institute • • Certification in Dependable Strengths Process with Bernard Haldane • • Training in "What Color Is Your Parachute?" Process with Richard Bolles • • Certification in Job and Career Transition Coaching with Richard Knowdell • • Career development courses -- University of Washington, John F. Kennedy University • • M.A. in Germanics with specialty in teaching methodology
Languages—German, Swedish, some French
Favorite Client Comment "You really zero in on the heart of the issue … The way you listen is a unique benefit. It encourages the client to pay more attention to what they themselves are saying and this leads to discovering their own answers. Being led to your own answers makes the result more meaningful and powerful."