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Career Counselors and Coaches

Man with PDA Below is a listing of other counselors and coaches in the D.C. area that you may wish to try if my calendar is full when you contact me or the wait to get started is too long.

LinkedIn Coaching and Training
For Attorneys
For General Career Counseling

LinkedIn Coaching and Training

Paula Brand, MS, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC
Brand Career Management
(443) 254-8173

In today's world of work, whether you are a job seeker or a professional in transition, it is important for you to be on LinkedIn and know how to use it effectively. I can help you feel more comfortable with this technology. In a few of hours, I can walk you through the site, give you advice on how to set up a great profile and educate you on making the best use of LinkedIn for your customized purposes.

I am a passionate Career Strategist with over 20 years of experience in workforce development, education, human resources and career counseling. I truly enjoy teaching people how to make the best use of LinkedIn and I have made multiple presentations to groups and individuals on using LinkedIn successfully.

My education includes certifications as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and as a Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC). I also hold a Masters in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore and a Political Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Active in many professional associations, I hold a leadership role as President of the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA).

For more information, please contact me at the above phone/e-mail or visit my website at paulabrand.com.


For Attorneys

Kate Neville

Kate Neville, a graduate of Harvard Law School, provides career guidance specifically to attorneys who are considering a professional transition, whether within the practice of law or to another field. Her clients range from successful partners in national law firms to mid-level associates investigating other professional options to those who question whether getting a law degree was the right decision for them. Ms. Neville has practiced law in both the private and public sectors as well as served in management and policy positions. She brings this breadth of experience to her work helping other attorneys navigate career moves. A menu of services is available at www.NevilleCareerConsulting.com.


For General Career Counseling

Barbara Herzog, M.A. NCC

At different times in their lives, many people experience career uncertainty and challenges. Career Counselor Barbara Herzog provides assistance in the areas where people benefit most from the insight, support and resources of an experienced career professional:

Exploring new career directions, making decisions and preparing to pursue a new place of work and/or a new field.
Conducting an effective and successful job search, including assistance with resumes, interviews and salary negotiations.
Planning and executing steps to resolve on-the-job problems, or to achieve growth, higher compensation and greater job satisfaction.

Ms. Herzog holds an M.A. in career counseling, a Ph.D. in international relations, and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She brings over 15 years of mid-level management experience to her work with clients in a wide range of fields, including business, IT, marketing, law and not-for-profit work.

Nancy Abramson
Whole Life Transitions

Nancy Abramson helps people gain clarity, direction and self confidence as they experience the challenges of career and life transitions. Today, changes occur more rapidly then ever before and many people are finding uncertainty in how to work with the change and succeed in getting what they want.

Nancy provides the opportunity to:

Explore your life more fully, and get clear about what you value.
Discover career direction, understand the decision-making process, and explore options before making a decision.
Plan your retirement for maximum fulfillment.
Learn effective job search skills: Get interviews and offers.
Develop new ways to deal effectively with workplace challenges, professional and personal growth, and new organizational environments.

Nancy has a Bachelors in Education, a Masters in Career Counseling and earned Coaching credentials from Coach University. She has 11 years career counseling and coaching experience. Her clients have varied backgrounds and work in government, education, non- profit, technical and consulting organizations. Prior to becoming a coach, she worked as a Director of Human Resources and teacher. Nancy served for three years on the Association of Career Professionals Board of Directors and is a member of the International Coach Federation.

Marshall Brown

Marshall Brown, a certified career and executive coach has always had a passion for helping people find ways to live more fulfilling lives. He found that a personalized, "no nonsense" approach to coaching was the most efficient and effective way to get people on a successful life course. As a coach, Marshall helps individuals to find their passions and encourages them to move ahead in reaching their goals. His first book, High Level Resumes, reflects his successful work with hundreds of job candidates.

He is a Past Board President of the DC Chapters of the International Coach Federation and the Association of Career Professionals, International.

Marshall holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and is certified by the International Coach Federation, Career Coach Institute and the Coaches Training Institute.

For more information contact Marshall at marshall@mbrownassociates.com or visit, www.MBrownAssociates.com

Patricia A. Crew, MA, LCPC, NCC
Master Career Counselor
Comprehensive Career Counseling

Patricia Crew is a senior career counselor with over 30 years' experience with the greater Metropolitan DC job market. She has offices conveniently located in Du Pont Circle and Potomac, Maryland. Patricia brings a deep understanding of the emotional and personal barriers to career transition and career management to her practice, as well as a wealth of sources and resources for supporting career advancement efforts. She is a specialist in:

Careers in Technology-Intensive Organizations and Occupations.
Job-seekers adding technological expertise to their existing skills.
Women of all ages working through a variety of career transitions.
Young individuals, ages 25 to 35, experiencing career change and transition.
Professional development options including advanced degrees, certificates and on-line training.
Navigating workplace relationships and providing creative solutions to challenging problems.
Bereavement counseling, including the experience of job loss.

Patricia Crew has an MA in Counseling from Catholic University of America, as well as postgraduate training in cognitive, psychological and whole-life psychiatric counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor, and is a published author with chapters included in No One Path: Perspectives on Leadership from a Decade of Women in Technology Award Winners.

Rebecca Dallek, ACC, CPCC, M.ED.
DallekCoaching LLC

As a career and leadership coach, I work with my clients on a myriad of professional challenges. I believe that professional satisfaction and happiness are achieved through a variety of techniques, tools, strategies, networking and a great support system.

Using a comprehensive research-based program I support my clients to manage workplace challenges, re-enter the workforce, hone their leadership skills, reinvent their careers or find jobs that fit their personality traits and passions. People who have the tools and mindset to manage their professional lives do find workplace success.

Listed below are just some of the services I offer to my clients:

Assessments, analysis and feedback
Goal and benchmark setting
Development of your "ideal" career and helping you find it in the real world
Identifying, developing and implementing bridges of influence
How to use social media for a successful job search
Developing a personal brand
Determining the who, what, where, when and why of your career
Interview preparation
Resume and Cover Letter editing
On-going coaching, support and cheerleading

I have a coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute, a Masters degree from Columbia University in Education and a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Chicago. I spent ten years working in management at a private technology and education company in NYC prior to becoming a coach. Last but certainly not least, I'm a mom of two young children.

Andrea Edelman, Career Consultant, LLC

I have provided career development assistance for over 20 years to individuals 12-60 years old, in all stages of their careers. I work with teens just starting out and trying to decide on a college major or figure out what they might excel at for their entrée into the world of work; individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, or unsatisfactorily employed; and individuals who are nearing retirement and want to explore what their 'encore' career might be. I help clients identify:

interests, skills, abilities, dreams;
how and where they function best;
preferences and values;
life and career goals.

Then, together, we develop a plan for moving forward.

I have worked at community based non-profit organizations as a counselor, and at organizations national in scope as director of career focused programs. I am a licensed professional counselor (in DC), and also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC).

As a CRC, I have specialized experience in working with individuals who have disabilities, including learning disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia, physical disabilities and also those who live with chronic illness. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults transitioning from the world of secondary education and entitlements to the world of post-secondary education, independence, and the world of work including the adult service world of eligibility. I also work with parents, helping them learn how to encourage and support their child's independence and facilitate their successful transition to adulthood.

I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)—I am also a Trustee for NECA—and a member of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. I have a Masters Degree in Education (Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling) from the University of Maryland, and also hold the Global Career Development Facilitator credential issued by the Center for Credentialing in Education and the National Career Development Association.

Melissa Fireman

Founder, Chief Executive Officer of Washington Career Services. Melissa was formerly the Human Resources Manager for Staffing and Development at Time Life Inc. (division of Time Warner/AOL). She created a variety of managed programs including the Time Life employee development-training program and internship program. She also worked as the Employer Relations Representative/Career Consultant for The George Washington University Career Center, where she worked with government, private and public (corporate) employers. In addition to Washington Career Services, Melissa co-owned The Corner Slice Pizzeria in Bethesda, Maryland, which was featured in Washingtonian Magazine "Best of 2005." Melissa earned her MS in Clinical/Organizational Counseling at Johns Hopkins University and obtained her BA in Sociology and Business from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Melissa S. Fireman
(240) 421-2108

Janice Herold, LCPC NCC
Bethesda Counseling Associates
4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 508
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Janice Herold specializes in goal oriented, solution-based career counseling using a collaborative, empathic, integrative and dynamic model. She has over twenty-five years experience providing career counseling and is also qualified to administer and interpret the Myers Briggs Type Inventory. Prior to going into private practice at Bethesda Counseling Associates, Janice was in charge of the counseling program at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Counseling and Career Center, where she counseled men as well as women, and supervised licensed staff counselors in addition to graduate student interns. What distinguishes Janice from many other career counselors is that she is a mental-health-trained career counselor who is able to work with emotional issues that often accompany career counseling such as:

Job loss and the accompanying fear, sadness, and anxiety that may occur
Entering or re-entering the workforce after a separation or divorce and the feelings of low self-esteem, anger, fear and sometimes depression that surface
Career change which may be exciting and frightening at the same time
Job relocation to another city, state, or country: the emotional effects on the family and the individual
International career/education experiences and possible cultural shock and re-entry shock
Networking strategies and coping with lack of confidence, anxiety
Office politics and getting along with difficult people in the workplace

Janice is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, Maryland Career and Development Association and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. She was recently featured in Bethesda magazine as one of 41 exceptional women who are leaders in the business and professional communities.

Stephen Kastner, MS, MA, NCC

5480 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 204
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 310
Silver Spring, MD MD


Moving through the work world today requires much more effort and confidence than it has in the past. Things that were once taken for granted such as job security, healthcare and pensions have now become the concern of the employee. This shift has left us more responsible for managing our own lives. We can no longer depend on organizations to provide us with a predictable environment for our lives. We must now rely on ourselves to construct a career. Moving from one assignment to the next, we must let go of what we did, but not who we are.

Stephen can help you with this. He takes a very holistic approach to Career Counseling. He believes that our careers are an expression of who we are and what we want to be and that our careers need to be viewed in relationship with all aspects of our lives.

Stephen holds a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from The George Washington University and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors as a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Thomas W. Morris III, CMF
(202) 290-3061

Tom Morris, certified internationally as a Career Management Fellow, is a sought-after trainer, coach, and off-site retreat facilitator. He has an extensive background in interpersonal communications and subjects having to do with career development. His education, career, and practice have focused on issues of career management and development.

Tom has a BA in Journalism and Advertising from Rutgers University, has done graduate work in Mass Communications at Boston University and the University of Denver. He is certified using The Birkman (career assessment) Method and the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey and has developed several powerful career assessment tools and exercises. His first book, Career Mechanics I: Solutions to Common Career & Employment Issues, was published in 2006.

As a noted expert, Tom has been featured or quoted in numerous local and national publications and websites, and is a frequent guest on radio interviews across the nation.

Thomas R. Stowell, EdS, MA, GCDF

For over ten years, Tom Stowell has provided career development, college planning, and consulting services to individuals, groups, and organizations. Tom maintains strong ties to the educational community where he has worked as a career counselor, college professor, public school teacher, and educational leader.

Tom understands the importance of support and guidance when making career and life decisions. Whether working with individuals or large groups, he strives to provide his clients with the best possible information and tools to help them achieve their goals. In addition to general career development and college planning services, Tom specializes in working with young professionals, educators, and high school students and their families.

Tom holds an EdS in Counseling from The George Washington University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, a BA in Psychology, and a BA in Elementary Education all from Johnson State College in Vermont. He also holds the Global Career Development Facilitator credential issued jointly by the Center for Credentialing in Education and the National Career Development Association.

Shela C. Turpin-Forster

Shela C. Turpin-Forster is a career development coach and consultant who heads Creative Change Careers, LLC. She works with individuals in job search, career enhancement, business development planning (for consultants and independent contractors) and management/leadership coaching. Her approach is an outcome-focused technique requiring clear definitions of objectives and explicit plans for achieving the client's goals.

Ms. Turpin-Forster has been a career consultant for over a decade and is certified as a Career and Job Transition Coach by The Career Planning and Adult Development Network. She has been an Associate of Lee, Hecht, Harrison in outplacement and at their Exxon-Mobil Career Transition Center, as well as worked for Options/Career Resources. She is a member of the National Career Development Association, the International Coach Federation and former Communications Chair of the local chapter of the Association of Career Professionals, International.

Shela has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University where she majored in psychology. She is a native of High Point, North Carolina.

Shela C. Turpin-Forster
Careers, LLC
2901A South Woodstock Street
Arlington, VA 22206-3393
(571) 225-4062

Patricia A. Van Haste, M.A, GCDF, DCF
(703) 888-2613

Pat Van Haste has spent many years helping people at all stages of their career life, from those searching for an undergraduate major or a first career right through to those preparing for retirement and wondering what's next, transition to a new, more fulfilling future through the process of self and then career exploration. This process helps her clients understand their own personalities, skills, interests and values, and then matches those results to the world of work. Targeted resume writing, if needed by the client is a specialty of Pat's, as well as coaching to improve interviewing skills. Pat, a certified secondary school English teacher, has also taught university level classes in both business communications and public speaking at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and offers assistance to clients in general business writing and public speaking skills as well.

Pat holds a master's degree in Education from The University of Connecticut. Besides teaching, she has worked in recruiting and human resources for Opticare Eye Health Centers and for HealthNet (formerly Physicians Health Services) both headquartered in Connecticut. She is a Global Career Development Facilitator with distance credentialing through The National Career Development Association and The Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. Pat also recently completed training as a post secondary educational consultant through The Independent Educational Consultants Association. A member of The National Career Development Association, Pat recently relocated to the Alexandria, VA area, where she maintains her office. Contact Pat Van Haste at pat@vanhaste.com. She can help!

Jim Weinstein, M.B.A., M.F.T
(202) 667-0665

With my real world background as a successful advertising & non-profit executive, life coach, psychotherapist, and Harvard M.B.A., I offer a unique perspective to my clients. That informed and objective perspective enables my clients to look at their lives, careers, and relationships differently and see new opportunities. I have the insight to bring clarity to complex situations, the compassion to develop and maintain trusting relationships and the skills to quickly develop effective solutions to problem areas, whether new or long-standing.

If you're looking to shift or enhance your career, I will help you craft a unique "brand" that will enable you to differentiate yourself from, and gain an advantage over, your peers. Your resume, business card, blog, and "elevator speech" should be consistent, and consistently superior. I'll help you perfect your networking skills, the key to finding employment in this over-saturated market, and your interviewing skills, to improve your chances of landing the job that's right for you. If you're just starting out and looking to choose a career path, I know the questions to ask, the tests and texts that can help, and the experimentation you should do. Finally, if you're doing the kind of work you like but are having trouble getting the recognition you deserve, I will coach you on what you need to do to advance.

Jim Wylde
WyldeFire Consulting
(202) 253-1622

Jim Wylde is a leadership coach specializing in career / life planning and sustainable business. With 23 years of experience in career development, leadership and teamwork, Jim helps individuals to achieve their highest potential through life work attuned to their greatest interests and values. Clients range from those who seek foundational career coaching to those interested in making a social impact in creative new ways.

Currently an adjunct professor at George Mason University's School of Management, Jim teaches Managing in a Global Economy, which provides a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the institutions and diverse value systems encountered in global society. Jim's background includes 16 years of international learning and staff development at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he piloted an online column entitled "Ask Mr. Career." In his current practice, he consults with public and private organizations nationwide in areas such as leadership and organization development, time and project management, and effective communication. In addition, Jim now serves as Counselor-in-Residence for International Organizations at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Development Center in Washington, D.C., and he served previously at The American University Career Center as Director of Cooperative Education.

In addition to his Masters degree in International Affairs and Bachelors in Government, Jim holds certificates in Coaching Leaders from Linkage Inc. and in Organization Development from Georgetown University. He is a certified / licensed trainer and speaker in the methodology of Contacts Count, the premier training company in the U.S. and Canada providing Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success. He speaks Spanish and has lived in Europe and Central America.


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