Career Counseling

Finding a satisfying and fulfilling career is a critical part of mental health. If you are facing career-related challenges or just having trouble figuring out what your next step should be, you may want to explore career counseling (or career guidance as it is sometimes known). A qualified career counselor will be able to help you identify all your options and work to help you change, choose or leave a career. No matter what stage of life you are in, a career counselor can help you use your values, skills, strengths, and interests to identify the perfect career for you. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

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I do both strategic and tactical career consulting. Strategic career counseling helps answer the question, "What should I do next," while tactical approaches answer, "How can I make that happen?" Anxiety is often a confounder in career exploration and in the tactics of making a change and I think I am most helpful when both work issues and anxiety issues are at play!

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Everyone has unique talents and strengths. Everyone. The key is to understand how to leverage these in a way that creates ultimate satisfaction for you, and in turn serves others. If you work with me, I will push you to try experiments and forays toward the career growth you deserve.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

As a vocational counselor, I have helped dozens of people find and gain meaningful work that provides a living wage and a future for them and their families. I have worked with people wanting employment in a wide range of industries and with those who are starting with a need to find their path. I have provided guidance from high school students to PhD students and professionals. I have also counseled entrepreneurs who wanted to develop their income creatively and independently.

— MAGGIE METCALFE, Counselor
 

"Career" spans the lifetime - From choices about choosing high schools to planning retirement. I tend to use very few formal assessments and many more Acceptance and Commitment Therapy values exercises to help folks identify a valued path forward, whatever stage of life they're in. And then of course, we can get into the nitty gritty of writing resumes, creating social media presence (when relevant), and other tactics to turn that valued vision of your future into reality.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have extensive experience working with adults and adolescents engaging in career exploration and career change through my work in university and community college settings as a professor, advisor, and counselor since 2003. I've also guided people in residential rehabilitation settings to refocus and strategically pursue their career goals congruent with their developing recovery identities, strengths, resources, and supports.

— Dr. E. Rose Sierra, Psychotherapist in Wichita Falls, TX
 

Very often people feel stuck in their work OR feel like their career has not even started. Being in a job that is a poor fit can be frustrating & even lead to depression or anxiety. This can go on to impact our personal life & relationships. Further, the rapid advancement in technology is creating new opportunities, but can seem overwhelming to know where to start. Lets put our heads together to see what is possible for you.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am a trained career counselor, with over 7 years of experience in employment counseling. As an integrative career counselor, I work with clients to help them identify potential emotional barriers in order to move forward with career transitions; using my clinical tools like expressive arts, mindfulness & CBT. As a certified MBTI (Myers Briggs Trait Instrument) trainer, I enjoy administering the MBTI test, interpreting it; helping clients incorporate this knowledge to understand work issues.

— Shelley Samuels, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oakland, CA
 

Sometimes, you may find the career you are in is not the one you want. Other times, you may simply feel stressed and burnt out. My goal is to help you navigate through your options to find solutions that really fit your needs. This could be coping techniques, stress and/or time management skills, or exploring different career options.

— Alexandra Lambeth, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Prairie, TX

I have extensive experience working in a university career counseling center, with clients presenting with issues such as: finding a job, interviewing, creating a resume/ cover letter, applying for grants/ scholarships, applying for grad school, transitioning to a new career field, and career exploration.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX
 

Everyone has unique talents and strengths. Everyone. The key is to understand how to leverage these in a way that creates ultimate satisfaction for you, and in turn serves others. If you work with me, I will push you to try experiments and forays toward the career growth you deserve.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

As a board-certified career counselor for the last 5 years, I have counseled and coached over 500 culturally diverse clients in achieving their career goals while addressing psychological and personal issues that often hinder their progress. I use various professional assessments, such as the MBTI and Strong Inventory, and counseling techniques that help clients define, strategize, and achieve their career goals based on their values, strengths, and current stage of life.

— Jerry Ochoa, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Turlock, CA
 

Career counseling is my favorite topic! I have over 10 years of experience in this field. If you're trying to decide if your current job is a good fit, are having struggles meeting the demands of your job, want to make a career switch, or need to learn the essential skills of how to get a job or make it in the workplace, I'll be able to assist you!

— Aurelie Trier, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Everyone has unique talents and strengths. Everyone. The key is to understand how to leverage these in a way that creates ultimate satisfaction for you, and in turn serves others. If you work with me, I will push you to try experiments and forays toward the career growth you deserve.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

Do you feel stuck or unfulfilled in your career? Have you lost your sense of purpose and passion for your work? Have you ever had it? Whether you are a high school or college student looking for the perfect career path, a 20-year veteran of the workforce experiencing burnout, an entrepreneur or business owner in start-up, growth or expansion, we can help. We can help you find the clarity and insight so you can move forward on making better decisions that lead to better results.

— James Killian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodbridge, CT

I find careers are an integral part of a person's well-being. What a person does through out the majority of their day and how they contribute to the world, can really impact all areas of their life. I combine career assessments (when appropriate) with what is holding a person back in their life while also considering other areas of their life, including relationships.

— Suzi Sena, Counselor in Simsbury, CT
 

I do both strategic and tactical career consulting. Strategic career counseling helps answer the question, "What should I do next," while tactical approaches answer, "How can I make that happen?" Anxiety is often a confounder in career exploration and in the tactics of making a change and I think I am most helpful when both work issues and anxiety issues are at play!

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

As a vocational counselor, I have helped dozens of people find and gain meaningful work that provides a living wage and a future for them and their families. I have worked with people wanting employment in a wide range of industries and with those who are starting with a need to find their path. I have provided guidance from high school students to PhD students and professionals. I have also counseled entrepreneurs who wanted to develop their income creatively and independently.

— MAGGIE METCALFE, Counselor