Some Responses to Frequently Asked Questions
When should you consider seeing a career counselor?
- When you are unhappy with your current job or career, and can’t seem to identify one or more reasons why or find a good solution to the problem.
- When you want to find a more satisfying career for yourself, and are unsure of the various steps to take to make that goal a reality.
- When you have become unemployed and in need of a job or means of support, and you need helpful strategies for becoming employed or self-employed.
- When you are ready to re-enter the workforce after an extended absence, but don’t know the best way to do it.
- When you have retired from your former career and know you would like to re-career in some capacity, but you’re not sure which role you’d find most satisfying.
In what ways can a career counselor help you?
- By administering and then interpreting the results of various self-assessment exercises, so you can identify and make use of your specific preferences and needs.
- Acquaint you with many useful resources to aid in exploring compatible and alternative career options.
- Help you to recognize and eliminate any barriers that may keep you from moving forward with constructive career-related decisions.
- Assist you in setting positive, useful career-related goals that can result in productive action.
- Familiarize you with current and effective job-hunting methods.
- Provide you with objective, non-judgmental feedback to help you successfully solve various workplace concerns.
How do I begin career counseling with you?
- Contact me by phone or email when you are ready to start a first counseling session, and I will schedule you for either an in-office or phone session, whichever best accommodates your needs and situation.
- Prior to your first session, I will email you both a client intake and a confidentiality form to complete and return for my review before our initial meeting.
- A first session typically involves a review of your client intake form, including identification and clarification of your specific career concerns and important background information that is relevant to those needs. We’ll also discuss suggestions for a plan of action based on your exact initial needs, and depending on the time allowed, we may take some beginning steps.
How many sessions does it usually take to resolve career concerns?
- Since I use a very individualized approach with each client and many of them have multiple concerns, the exact number needed can vary a great deal.
- For clients who would benefit from doing a lot of self-assessment exercises in addition to help with career exploration, decision-making, or job-search strategies, the number of sessions is often six or eight.
- If clients need very little or no self-assessment work, however, the average number of sessions I spend working with them on various career concerns is four.
What is the cost per counseling session?
- Counseling sessions typically last one hour in length. I charge an hourly rate for each session, and payment can be made by cash or check. Depending on session content, there may be an additional charge for taking just a small, select number of assessment instruments. When financially needed, I can also accommodate clients with a sliding scale fee. I will be happy to discuss fees further in person or on the phone.
Have any questions not answered above? If so, please don’t hesitate to let me know what they are or schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone session to learn more about how I can help you create the career fulfillment you desire by contacting me today at (650) 868-5396 or BC97cou@aol.com.
Betty Cohen, M.S., NCC, MCC
Serving San Francisco Bay Area, CA, and Phoenix Metro Area, AZ
Phone: (650) 868-5396