Frequently Asked Questions about Denver Career Counseling
How can I know if your services are a good fit for me?
Begin by taking a look at the "Are you ready for career counseling?" page and reading the rest of this FAQ page. Then we can talk on the phone to help you get a better sense of how I may be able to help you.
How long does counseling take? How many sessions will I need?
It's difficult for me to answer this question because this is such an individualized process, but many people find that within a few sessions they gain sufficient clarity to move forward on their own. Other people want me to serve as a coach, checking in with me regularly and holding them accountable for following through with the action steps we establish during the sessions. It depends on many factors and on your personal goals for counseling. We can discuss your situation and create a plan for the sessions when we talk on the phone or in our first session.
What are your rates?
You can see my rates for individual sessions and packages at my "Rates and Packages" page.
What is your availability? What days do you see clients?
I am in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. I offer appointments in the late morning through early evening, depending on the day. I often schedule a few weeks out. Please send me an e-mail to inquire about my availability.
Most people don't come every week (there's typically plenty to consider and do between sessions, and one week can be too soon, especially if you have a job). If you want to come weekly, we can definitely discuss that, but I cannot guarantee I'll have availability exactly one week after your first session.
Can you tell me what jobs are the best fit for me?
My role is to help you learn about yourself and about some of the work roles you might enjoy by a process that's creative and collaborative and usually involves your talking to people working on the "ground level" in fields that are of potential interest to you (informational interviewing). You can also take one of the career assessments I offer to help provide you with some clues. I do not have a magic list of jobs that are the best fit – nothing is ever that simple, unfortunately!
Do you specialize in helping people in my field?
As a career counselor, I'm trained to help you figure out the fields that are potentially good fits for you and to help you develop a strategy for moving forward, regardless of what area you would like to work in. I know a good deal about certain fields and have more general knowledge about others, but I can provide the structure and guidance within which you can find out the important things you need to know about the career areas that interest you. I have worked with people in many different occupational areas, ranging from accountants and attorneys to musicians and graphic designers.
Can you help me find a job?
Thankfully, the job market has really been picking up. That does not mean it will necessarily be easy for you to change jobs, or find a new job, immediately. Still, people are getting jobs, and there are ways to maximize your chances of standing out in the job search.
It's going to be important to give yourself some time in this process, but we can discuss short, medium, and long-term goals and plans and help you feel less stuck and more like you're moving in the right direction.
Please know that I do not match you with jobs or employers or give you a special proprietary list of places to look for work. I can help you devise a strategy for your job search and help keep you motivated during the process, but I am not a recruiter or matchmaker.
What does the process look like?
The process is very individualized. You can learn more about it at my The Process page.
Where is your office?
My office is near I-25 and Colorado Blvd., at 4340 E. Kentucky Avenue in Glendale. You can click on the address below to see a larger map and get directions:
I live far away from your office – can we still work together?
Yes! I've worked with clients as far away as Japan via Skype and telephone, and it works well. If you do live in the Denver area, it is ideal if you can come into the office, as this is the most personable way for us to work together. But I recognize that it's not always feasible to drive to my office, and I'm all for saving gas! If you're wondering about the drive, I have had many clients come from the southern suburbs, including Highlands Ranch and Centennial, and tell me that the drive's not as bad as they'd expected. I've also worked with people who have driven down from Boulder, Fort Collins, Evergreen, and the Eastern Plains.
Can I hire you to work with someone I know who is struggling in their career? Can I purchase some sessions with you as a gift?
Yes, that's a very nice gift to give someone you care about. It's important, though, that they be on board with the process and committed to actively engaging in it. Before finalizing the first appointment, I would want to have a brief phone conversation with them to make sure they feel comfortable coming in to see me and to answer any questions they may have.
Can you work with my child – he/she is a teenager or in their 20s?
Yes, I enjoy working with people in this age group, provided he or she is on board with the process and committed to actively engaging in it (and at least 16). Before finalizing the first appointment, I would want to have a brief phone conversation with them to make sure they feel comfortable coming in to see me and to answer any questions they may have. Please know that once I start working with your child, I will treat him or her as my client and will maintain confidentiality for our sessions, so I will not be able to discuss anything about their sessions with you (even if you are paying.)
Do you provide guidance in choosing and applying to graduate schools?
I can help you decide whether to go back to school and what types of programs and schools to apply to. I have been in graduate school more than once, so I have direct personal experience in this area.
Do you provide me with contact information of hiring managers or with names of people to network with?
I can help you devise a strategy for making contacts in your field and help hold you accountable for following through with your plans (if you want help in that area). I do not provide you with specific contact information or keep a database of hiring managers.