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 became my life's work: today, I'm an expert in human behavior and communication, specializing in career transitions and workplace conflict resolution. I leverage my background in psychology and business to promote positive, practical results.
My training far exceeds that of most coaches, who may have only taken a brief online class before trying to sell you their coaching services. I earned an M.S. degree in counseling from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Commerce. I am also certified as a Chaplain by the International Fellowship of Chaplains.
Experience counts when selecting a career coach or consultant! No youngster can provide what real life wisdom brings. You can trust my wrinkles and my resume. As an award-winning, degreed expert, I have over 25 years of direct experience consulting with individuals, groups, and work teams.
I am a professional coach, career counselor, management consultant, keynote speaker, trainer, certified chaplain, and social science researcher. I coach individual clients in making career changes, guide managers in deploying their leadership skills, speak to large or small groups for training and development workshops, teach work teams to overcome challenges, and consult with organizations through advising and research projects.
My base is in the northern Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. But I work anywhere for coaching and consulting, including internationally, by travel and phone and internet.
Psychotherapy generally focuses on the past, while coaching is future oriented. A therapist diagnoses and treats mental health problems using a medical model and focusing on symptoms and levels of impairment. In contrast, coaching clients must be emotionally and psychologically stable, motivated for self improvement & personal development, action-oriented, and actively implementing performance objectives and professional goals.
With individual career coaching, my methods go beyond personality assessments, job lists, resume writing, interviewing skills, and other Things You Can Get For Free On The Internet. I help clients put all the pieces together in a meaningful way to move toward work that aligns with their financial needs, life season, and personal values.
My own career path has taken me from forklift driver and trash collector, to psychotherapist and college professor, and finally to professional consultant and coach. With a lot of interesting work in between.
I live with my husband (The Nicest Man On The Planet) and my dog and cat. I am a mom of two adult children and a grandma of one. I love music, books, plants, mountains, and an occasional nap. I am a middle child, I have a great sense of humor, and I am a Christian. My favorite drink is iced tea, unsweetened, and I am famous for my herb-rubbed Thanksgiving turkey.
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