With more than 10 years experience as a Career Counselor, I assist a wide range of clients including:
- high-schoolers making their first decisions in their career planning
- people making career or job changes in mid-life
- people returning to work after an absence for family care
- those considering retirement but looking for ways to find fulfillment through a new career, part-time job, volunteer work, or through their own interests.
Like many of my clients, I faced a change in my career planning. Though I had been interested in the field of psychology from fairly early on in my life, after graduating college with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I chose to work in the Human Resources field. But after 6 years in that career, I was finding that there were many parts of my job that I did not like. I returned to school to obtain a Master’s degree in counseling and apply that to the field of Career Counseling where I felt I could better help others. It has been the best career decision for me!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. In Georgia, LPC’s are required to complete a master’s degree from an accredited college or university, receive supervised training, and pass the National Counselor Examination before being granted an LPC license. LPC’s are also required to complete Continuing Education hours on an ongoing basis to maintain their license. LPC’s are trained to work with a wide range of psychologically and emotionally based problems. Though I specialize in career counseling, I am aware of how problems such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and others can complicate a person’s career planning.
I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) which is overseen by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the largest counselor credentialing organization in the United States. To obtain the NCC credential, one must have a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited college or university, pass the National Counselor Examination, and complete continuing education hours (100 hours every 5 years) to maintain the NCC status.
Having to maintain both the LPC and NCC credentials ensures that I stay current in the counseling field, that I maintain a high level of professional accountability, and that I follow a code of professional ethics that helps to protect the client’s rights.
As a member of the National Career Development Association, and the Georgia Career Development Association, I find a number of educational and networking opportunities that help me to stay current on career issues.