I'm an expert in human development, specializing in career transitions and lifelong personal & professional growth. I leverage my diverse background in psychology, education, research, and business to strengthen people and organizations from the inside out.
My training far exceeds that of most coaches, who may have only taken a brief online class before trying to sell you their services. I earned an M.S. degree from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Commerce. I am also certified as a Chaplain, which guides my work in the spiritual aspects of your career and work life.
Experience counts when selecting a career coach! No youngster can provide what real life wisdom brings. You can trust my wrinkles and my resume. I have 30+ years of direct experience consulting with individuals, groups, teams, and organizations.
From a young age, I was deeply curious about why people do what they do, and why they don't do what they don't do. It eventually became my life's work.
My own career path has taken me from forklift driver and trash collector at age 20, to researcher and college professor, and finally to coach and consultant. With a lot of interesting work in between.
I was fired once (a very long time ago) and I've also walked away from what some called A Good Job. So yes, I understand you.
Coaching is NOT therapy. Psychotherapy generally focuses on the past, while coaching is future-oriented. A therapist diagnoses and treats mental health conditions, using a medical model and focusing on clinical symptoms of impairment. In contrast, a coach works on a consultation model with clients who are emotionally and psychologically stable, motivated for self improvement & personal development, action-oriented, and actively implementing performance objectives and professional goals.
I live in a rural area with my husband (The Nicest Man On The Planet) and my dog and cat. I am a mom of three adult children and a grandma of one. My favorite things are books, plants, music, mountains, and chocolate. I am a middle child, an introvert, and a Christian who follows Jesus.
My top 5 on the Gallup CliftonStrengths are: Connectedness, Learner, Intellection, Input, and Deliberative. On the V.I.A. Character Strengths profile, my top 5 are: Spirituality, Perspective, Curiosity, Social Intelligence, and Gratitude.
My favorite drink is iced tea, unsweetened, brewed super strong, with extra ice.
Author of parent handbook for career exploration with children