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Orinda Career Consultants

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  • 10 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca D.
Verified review

Honestly I had no idea I was working with him! I had seemed his service in requesting help with my health and with my career. I was instantly drawn to him and felt like I could open up with him! I can’t say it was an easy route bc by far it wasn’t! This experience has been by far one of the hardest obstacles I’ve ever had to encounter! I’ve been back in school and pretty much training myself through the whole process or at least it felt like I was alone struggling to make this happen but I’m now realizing that I have a whole Network of people on my side! You guys have given me what they call tough Love! I feel like a renewed & young again (speaking of mentally!) LoL I am just getting started! Have a whole life ahead of me! I’ll never be done learning! Always be helping, contributing, giving, achieveing and being all I can be! If for some reason I fail at a job I’ll still have my children and my children are the most important thing in this world to me! I’ve lost my twin sister years back and my life has been downward since then! John , thank you for that tough Loving! They are the reason I’ve changed! I thank God everyday for helping me to overcome my issues I once had! I look forward to coaching right along side of John! We all need to start helping one another even the small things can make a huge difference ! Anyone like to join in on change?! All is welcome! I’d like to thank all of those that were involved! God Bless each and everyone of you! To everyone’s success! Few others I’d like to mention , Palm beach Research Group, Marketers Traders Institute, Social Security, NBC, CBS, Funnel X Project, Go Daddy,Click Bank, Sen,.....there’s many many more! Forgive me in advance to those I haven’t mentioned. Once again God Bless I love you all! Together we can...CHANGE

Sean Michael Imler
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Esther M.
Verified review

Sean is an intuitive, insightful and compassionate healer. I went to him for help with my career. After a couple sessions it turned out it wasn't my career that was in need attention but other areas of my life. I had some internal mental blocks that we addressed. By doing some deep meditations, he helped me work through them. After each session I felt shifts happening in my life. They were subtle but very impactful. I can honestly say after working with Sean I feel more peaceful and content with where I am in my life. I strongly recommend using his services. It will be time and money well spent.

  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Elena N.
Verified review

I don't usually write reviews but I am compelled to do today. I've been blessed to work with Debi for at least 10 years, through the years she has become my mentor, my wise woman and my balance adjuster. You know how you want to read all the help books that you see on Amazon or at a bookstore but you never actually get to? Well, Debi has read them all! You know how you need someone wise to push you to a solution or path that you already know is yours? Debi will know exactly what is best and objectively show you the way! My life has been a fabulous journey and many thanks for that to Debi. I've gotten praise, I've gotten a kick in the butt and the kind hug of all ver wisdom when I needed it the most. Bring everything to the table with this lady- career, relationships, the dilemmas of life and of course personal goals and resolution of conflicts and all will be so much better and it will just all flow. You will feel better and sturdier as you walk out her door.

Summer Simonton
from 11 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carole C.
Verified review

I have had the pleasure of coaching with Summer Simonton regarding my career successes. She "gets" people and life's challenges right away and has been able to quickly guide me down the right path each time. I continue to rely on her coaching and always will. Carole Browne

Empowered Journey
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sandi M.
Verified review

I've been working with Arya for about 18 months and I could not be happier with my experience. In our sessions, we focus primarily on how to navigate potential career opportunities and how to understand behavioral patterns that may hinder personal and professional relationships. Without question, his coaching has completely changed the way I understand myself, my behaviors, and the way I hope to interact with the world. He has a pragmatic approach to meeting me where I am, whether that be practical tips to reduce anxiety at work or coping with uncertainty and risk about major life decisions. The sessions have become increasingly more insightful as he learns more and more about me. As others have mentioned, he's also extremely kind, open-hearted, and trained to tackle a spectrum of life's challenges. Far and away the best coach/therapist/spiritual advisor I have ever encountered.

  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa A.
Verified review

"I have a lot of confidence that Susan has seen hundreds of "Melissa's" in her career. She will be a great guide and support for me during this hard time in my life!" I participated in a women on the verge morning workship with Susan and plan to lean on her some more...! It will great to have other women in the workshop who had a similar issue but were further along the road than I.

Aurelian Coaching
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christina D.
Verified review

Nicole is one of the most thoughtful, savvy individuals I have had the privilege of working with. She is masterful at listening, reading between the lines, and suggesting powerful tools that will help advance you toward your goals in new and thoughtful ways. Nicole cares deeply about the individuals she coaches and the rapport you build with her is one-of-a-kind. Nicole has provided me with extensive support as a new manager and helped me successfully navigate a transition to a new company. Her support is immeasurable, puts me at ease, and I highly recommend her to provide a refreshing lens through which to experience your career journey.

  • 22 years in business
Joanna M.
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I am a mid-career professional seeking to change direction and I couldn’t have ask for a better Career Coach than Dr. Milwid. Dr. Milwid is a skilled guide. She begins by leading you through a self-exploration that helps you understand not only what you’re looking for but also what you have to offer. She then turns tactical and offers extremely helpful and practical guidance for restructuring the primary documents needed for an effective job search: your resume and cover letters. Throughout, Dr. Milwid shares relevant articles and research and brings to bear her decades of experience advising people and her own multi-faceted career. Dr. Milwid is also extremely encouraging and a genuine pleasure to work with. You’ll leave your sessions with Dr. Milwid feeling energized and prepared to embark on a targeted and effective job search. I feel lucky to have worked with her and am confident you’ll feel the same.

Soaring Revenues, Inc
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Hani J.
Verified review

I have used consulting/coaching company before meeting Mr. Mourad and spent thousands of Dollars without seeing much noticeable results until I met my "Action Coach", Mr. Mourad in which I saw an immediate jump in my income in the first month. When working with Mourad the first thing you notice is that he takes your success as a personal responsibility of his and put his heart into it. He is teaching me not only to be a Business man but a leader, a mentor, a good reader and helped me refine my vision and the way I look into things. I highly recommend him and I'm very grateful and thankful to him.

Hamlin Harkins, Ltd.
from 6 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Alan C.
Verified review

Donna is not only a knowledgable career adviser but also a very supportive mentor throughout my job search and offer negotiation process. In the first meeting, she already identified my weak points and developed a plan for tackling each of them. Throughout the process I learned to communicate succinctly, maintain poise and overall demonstrate seasoned professional material. After working with Donna, I have successfully landed a few offers and negotiated terms for my dream job which I am happily working on now. I definitely recommend Donna for anyone who is looking for a career adviser or for any help to advance her/his career. Just one meeting will help you understand the changes needed and where you can get to. I love to continue working with Donna!

InTensional Running
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michele P.
Verified review

I reached out to Timur at a time in my running career when I needed some guidance in reassessing my relationship with the sport. I had been training for the Olympic Trials and had experienced a particularly disappointing season, which had left me searching for a new approach. Timur was just what I was looking for. He was able to bring his background in therapy, his own experience as an elite athlete, and his martial arts techniques into our sessions. He created a safe space for self-discovery and growth. We delved into advanced body awareness, technical aspects of running, meditation, flow-state running, race planning, and even play. I walked away from our weekly sessions with tools for life, in addition to running. At the end of our time together, I had found the shift in my relationship to running that I had been seeking, thanks to Timur. I would recommend him to any runner, no matter what your experience level. He facilitates a relationship with running that is deep, meaningful, and sustainable. A rare find!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Cecily G.
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Cynthia worked with me as a life coach for a couple months. I had talked with a few life/career coaches here and there, and Cynthia was the only one I wanted and chose to work with due to her professionalism, integrity, intelligence and creativity. Even if I was confused or pessimistic, she would work tirelessly to find the positive qualities and kernels of truth I could build on and work from.

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kate H.
Verified review

I found Teresa to be a great source of nutritional info as well as a great listener during a what was a difficult time for me. I had a number of questions about my specific food habits and what to change. I was sick of my own bad habits. Teresa made sure to address all of my concerns. I found her very advice very practical and udown to earth. She was upbeat and positive about the changes I had already made, and the immediate and future benefits I would feel, which made it easier to think about changing. It wasn't that she just encouraged me to eat a ton of green veggies. What helped is the way she said this. She was empathetic and said things in a way I could hear. For example, she was able to share how she loves cooking up a plate of fresh kale or other greens with olive oil. That way, I could think of greens as something I would actually want to eat a lot of. Thanks, Teresa!

Cicerchi Consulting
from 4 reviews
    Diego S.
    Verified review

    Mr. Cicerchi spent 3 years in the Peace Corps working in rural areas of Peru under uncomfortable conditions, lacking basic services and surrounded by people with poor understanding. He has been successful in implementing program goals and objectives. He has developed good skills to deal with children and youth. He has organized youth groups to implement diverse activities related to education and the environment. He is very good at training and keeping youth focused and motivated. In addition, he was in charge of managing a group of Peace Corps volunteers working in the Junin National Reserve, being responsible for institutional coordination and technical and personal support for volunteers, which he performed effectively. Mr. Cicerchi has been very efficient in communicating with targeted groups, students and local people, he was successful in transferring knowledge and our program messages. I have a high appreciation for David Cicerchi. He is both a good professional and a nice person.

    Wendy H Coaching
    from 2 reviews
      Richard C.
      Verified review

      Wendy played a major role in how I was able to realign my life to be more purposeful and gain control of my future. Before I started my sessions with Wendy, I worked at a decent job with above average pay but extremely low job satisfaction in an industry I could care less about and a role I strongly disliked. I am sure this describes most of us! I knew I wasn't truly happy, and Wendy helped me take inventory of my life. She challenged me to think deeper about what kind of life I wanted going forward. With Wendy's help, great patience, and her asking me all the right questions, and through different assessments, I realized it was time (and felt ready) to switch careers, back to what I've always wanted to do. Once we figured that part out, she helped me with resume review, cover letter review, and interviewing techniques through mock interviews. Now I can say I am finally doing what I studied in college, which is what I've wanted all along! If you are looking for a coach or feel that something is off in your life then I would suggest reaching out to Wendy and starting the conversation to create meaningful change in your life.

      Weekday Remedy
      from 1 review
        Jon S.
        Verified review

        My career has transformed completely since working with Emily. I came to Emily feeling stuck in my career and unsure of how to tap into my skills. The coaching process has helped me to learn about myself and what I need to do to succeed. Also, Emily held me accountable to myself and to her which caused me to actually get stuff done and make progress towards achieving my goals. Now, I have my own business, have won a huge international award, and feel confident in my direction. Thank you Emily!!

        TC Consulting
        from 1 review
          Lisa M.
          Verified review

          Very helpful she provided excellent tools to help conquer some things that were holding me back from reaching my full potential. Highly recommended


          I'm a seasoned recruiter with years of experience in staffing leading companies here in the Silicon Valley, including Apple, Lotus, Intuit (4 years), Visa, E*TRADE, and Guidewire. I'm great at partnering with hiring managers to determine their needs and finding both technical and nontechnical top talent.


          I am a start-up and venture capital enthusiast. I am a past cofounder of @3DLT, a marketplace for 3D printed products.


          I have been recruiting in the Silicon Valley for over a decade. Everything from Engineers to Lawyers - AE's to EA's. Tiny startups all the way to the Fortune 1. I understand that while your resume is a reflection of you, it's true purpose is to open up doors and enable you to tell the rest of the story.


          We provide one-on-one or team coaching and consulting designed to help you set and achieve the goals that will bring you success. See how to maximize your strengths, avoid dead-end endeavors, and get the most from your relationships through incredible communication and understanding of why we relate the ways we do. We start with an assessment illuminating your communication, relationship, and leadership styles which gives you the ability to maximize your strengths and increase the effective impact you have with others. We identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as your gifts and blind-spots. With this knowledge, you can truly leverage your strengths, take charge of how you relate with others, and be more effective and successful. We've helped countless companies save millions of dollars while boosting productivity for over 30 years, blending a diverse background of design engineering, management, and operations to psychology, coaching, and communications. Our mixture of organic systems and practical, linguistic approach has proven itself unanimously successful regardless of size or industry. Optimized Results: you know you want it.

          Q & A

          Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

          What is a life coach?

          A professional, accredited life coach works with people to help them make important changes in their life, either growing in their profession or changing gears in their personal lives. They help clients turn their dreams or wishes into realistic, attainable goals. They guide people through the process of making life changes by helping them evaluate the steps they must take to reach a particular goal, then help them decide how — and whether — to take those steps in the most efficient, effective and rewarding way possible. A life coach acts as a motivator, strategist and accountability partner. Unlike a therapist, a life coach doesn’t help solve problems from your past — they’re focused on helping you move forward with new ways of acting and thinking that will help you reach your goals. Some people specialize in particular types of life coaching, including life balancing coaches, small business coaches, executive coaches and personal finance coaches. Some meet clients in person, while others hold consultations over the phone.

          Regardless of which type of life coach you’re interested in, make sure the person holds an International Coach Federation (ICF) credential. There are three tiers of credentials: Associate, Professional and Master, which require coaching experience ranging from 100 hours to 2,500 hours.

          What is a career coach?

          If you’re interested in furthering your career and want expert help, a career coach is a smart solution. A career coach is a professional you hire to guide you during a job search or a career transition, or to help you improve and advance in your current position. A career coach analyzes your work situation and learns what your professional goals are. They then create a strategy to help you achieve your targets. Throughout the process they should provide objective feedback and guide you in approaching the process strategically. Here are some of the tools and tasks a career coach may assist you with:

          • Helping you build a strong resume that reflects your work history, potential, and skills
          • Coaching for interviews and strategies for solid answers built around your resume and the target job
          • Defining your career goals
          • Creating a plan for job searching
          • Improving networking strategies and skills
          • Developing strategies for negotiating raises or promotions
          • Assessing why you’re not getting where you want to go
          • Identifying new positions or career opportunities that fit your skills

          How much does a life coach cost?

          A life coach helps clients set and reach professional and personal goals, develop positive habits, and deal with stress. Some people meet with a life coach once or twice, while others form an ongoing professional relationship, meeting regularly in person or on the phone. The average national cost to meet with a life coach ranges from $80 to $130 an hour. Some coaches offer per-session pricing, especially for one-time meetings; expect to pay an average of $100-$125. People who want to work with a coach over a period of time to explore life transitions, career growth or lifestyle changes may be able to get discounted pricing in a package. For example, three 60-minute sessions cost an average of $300, four 60-minute sessions cost an average of $350, and four 60- to 90-minute sessions plus unlimited contact between sessions cost an average of $400. Some specific types of coaching, such as relationship or marriage coaching, cost more than standard life coaching. For instance, three 60-minute relationship coaching sessions cost an average of $500, four 60-minute sessions cost an average of $550, and six 60- to 90-minute sessions cost an average of $650 when purchased as a package. Training and experience can also affect the cost of hiring a life coach. An Associate Certified Coach, who holds a certification that requires only 60 hours of training and 100 hours of coaching experience, will charge less than a Master Certified Coach, who typically has at least 200 hours of training and 2,500 hours of coaching experience.   

          Why is career counseling important?

          Career counseling can help you discover your career path, help you overcome challenges preventing you from finding happiness in your job, or help you learn more about career opportunities that are available to you. Career counselors are typically counselors who specialize in helping guide people into their best career choices. As professionals, they have typically completed a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career counseling and bring a nuanced understanding of the emotional blocks that prevent someone from doing what they love or getting ahead in their current position. Here are some of the ways that career counseling can help:

          • Identify your skills and talents and how they correlate to different career paths
          • Educate you about the educational requirements for launching in various careers and what earnings can look like
          • Help you understand the kind of environment you want to work in, and which careers are best suited for that
          • See opportunities to transfer your existing skill set to other career areas
          • Help you identify causes of tension or unhappiness in your current career and how to overcome those difficulties
          • Help you create a game plan for moving forward
          • Provide a safe space for you to understand your feelings about career choices you’re making

          How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

          A career coach provides one-on-one sessions to help you reach your career goals or overcome any challenges you’re having in your career path. The cost to have career coaching can vary based on factors such as the number of sessions you purchase at one time and the experience and rates of your counselor. Career counselors are typically professionals who have earned at least a master’s degree in their field. Based on their academic background, supplemental certifications they have received, and any postdoctoral work they have done, their rates may vary. Typically career counselors offer reduced rates when you sign on for their services on an ongoing basis. A typical price range for career counseling services (nationally) could be $75-$150 per session. Remember to always ask if the career counselor offers a complimentary introductory session. You want to make sure the relationship will be the right personality and counseling style fit to help launch your confidence and upcoming career changes.

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