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  • 25 years in business
  • 240 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily B.
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Dr. jKonrad Hole was FANTASTIC! He was easy to get in touch with to finalize our plans, arrived early to check in with us, and did a great job of playing along with our random one-liners throughout the ceremony. With all of the stress and anxiety leading up to the wedding, Dr. Hole's calming demeanor was definitely appreciated.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tim J.
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Leslie is a great coach. She really listens, and is very focused on helping you figure out how to move forward.

Vitality Path
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Megan L.
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My Experience working with Amanda on bettering and enhancing my path to vitality was absolutely incredible. She had amazing attention to detail and had me look into aspects of my life that I hadn’t considered to be something that would affect me. She is a brilliant coach and really motivated and inspired me. She helped me to see my best life and the possibilities and potential of myself. The steps and guidance she provided me with have given me tools that I can use throughout my daily life through it’s unpredictable and changing ways. I am always prepared to handle situations that I before would have stressed over or avoided due to anxiety. She also helped me with my gut health which was resulting in my skin having reactions that I just couldn’t get rid of. Everything she does is for you and she’s genuinely cares and wants to help you. Her coaching has changed my life and I highly recommend her. She is an absolute goddess and wonderful human being.

  • 36 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Ilya K.
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Let me tell my story. I was looking for place where I can challenge my body and relax my brain. From the bagging I felt that this place is THE PLACE. 7 am bootcamp is really hard for non-morning person. After first 2 weeks, I started feeling more energy during the day. So mornings are not that bad. Next big thing for was a Tough Mudder run. Lori believed in me and helped to prepare. I finished it. 14 miles up/down Tahoe Northstar Ski resort, 20+ obstacles, 1 ice bath(google Arctic Enema), 2 electroshock etc. Next month I was playing volleyball and completely torn my ACL. With Lori's help I successfully went thru rehab. She is amazing educated coach. Lori knows everything about human body and muscles, diets and nutritions etc. My nutritionist told my exactly the same as Lori did a couple months earlier. After 1 year I lost about 30 pounds and 4 sizes :) So if you are willing to work hard and achieve a results this is a right place.

Enhance My Life Now
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Anonymous S.
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I sought out Enhance My Life Now at a time when I was experiencing an identity crisis. In short, my priorities were misaligned where I had completely given up some interests I enjoyed and identified with for what I thought were more important priorities. Enhance My Life Now (Coached by Karim) helped me identify and put together the puzzle pieces needed to see the full picture of my life/purpose. Each individual puzzle piece is important! Having said that, unless they all fit together in harmony, they are meaningless. What I appreciated about Enhance My Life Now is the balanced approach of both research and practice. I found Karim to be very knowledgeable and an expert in his domain. He was a flexible and adaptable coach which put me at ease. One thing I would have liked done earlier than later is a high level overview of the process and what to expect to get out of it. Of course, I fully bought into the process on the second visit after having it explained to me. Commitment is key. You will takeaway whatever you put into it.

Serenity Marshall
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren D.
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I've been working with Serenity in personal training sessions for the last 6 months. She is a FANTASTIC personal trainer. She has a strong passion for coaching and developing her trainees and is extremely professional. Her passion is coupled with natural talents of empathy and individualized perception of others as well as a competitive edge. When I first met Serenity, she took the time to fully understand my goals and desires for training together. She invested in learning about me, my motivations as well as the roadblocks that I had been encountering in meeting my fitness goals. As we’ve continued to work together, she has continuously worked to customize my workouts to push me, constantly keeping my workouts just within reach while also a solid stretch for improvement. Our time together has truly become the highlights of my week. I can’t recommend Serenity enough to others!

A Balanced Life
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
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I felt at ease with Judy from the moment I met her. She always has a smile on her face and really takes the time to get to know you as she works with you. I was really struggling with some personal problems when I started working with Judy and I am truly a different person now a year later. It can often be scary to seek help or go talk to someone, but Judy made the experience a pleasant one and I highly recommend her if you're looking for a life coach. No matter where you're at in life, we are constantly growing and it was very helpful for me.

Fuse Life Coaching
from 4 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marla L.
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Dave helped me adjust my attitude about my life & career. Because of his suggestions to celebrate every success and accomplishment, I have more confidence & have a more positive attitude. Dave has a lot of good advice, he's all about appreciating life, taking care of the mind & body, and he's a great listener. Dave was always on time and always followed up our sessions with an email.

Jennifer Vaida Life Coach
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy H.
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Jennifer Vaida is an extraordinary life coach. Her approach has little to do with suggesting you do something specific. Rather, she utilizes her masterful listening as well as her natural cool-factor and spunk to create a comfortable space where those she interacts with can loosen up, talk openly, consider alternatives, and eventually come to their own realization about the best path to take. Jennifer helped me figure out how to get unstuck and that clarity created confidence and empowerment. That is the gift of Jennifer’s coaching.

from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Leo L.
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As a health coach, Rosann is very knowledgeable. Although I already thought I was eating healthily, she helped me understand how certain foods that are branded as being healthy are actually processed. For example, I was smothering a lot of what I ate in olive oil thinking that particular oil was a healthy substitute for other types of fat. However, Rosann explained that all oils are processed foods and it is not necessary to use them. She backed up her arguments with articles from trusted sources such as UC Davis Integrative Medicine, and provided helpful alternatives and recipes. Rosann has definitely had an impact on how I think about health and my cooking practices.

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.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Bryan K.
    Verified review

    My former employer worked with a 3rd party company called RiseSmart. While I was in between jobs, RiseSmart assigned Stephanie Swanbeck to be my Career Coach. It was my first time working with a company like RiseSmart, so I had no idea what to expect. Words to describe Stephanie: friendly, professional, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, good listener, problem solver. She was very good at listening to me to understand my situation, what skills and experience I had, and how my skills and experience could be scripted to help me land my ideal role. We covered a multitude of topics, including resume writing, common interview questions, and negotiation tactics. Every time I had a question, she was able to come up with a well thought-out response to help me think about things from a different perspective. I really enjoyed working with Stephanie, and I would recommend her to all future clients. If I could, I would give her a 6 out of 5 stars!

    Nina Price, MBA, L.Ac.
    from 2 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Barry B.
    Verified review

    For the kinds of ongoing conditions, along with periodic sports injuries that I suffer, Nina's treatments are a valuable part of my health and wellness. She was awesome when I was first referred to her eight years ago when I had a broken femur, in quelling excruciating pain, and stimulating ongoing healing of the accompanying soft tissue and nerve chain damage.

    Coralee P.
    Verified review

    I knew I believed in schronicity and I have to thank the need and want for some direction three years ago. Thats when I found Lynn, someone that has given their time to my life and helped me understand how to make it better. Lynn Crocker is a gift from the universe,to my life and has helped me find my voice, my direction and best of all the ability to see I have complete power and control in my life! Lynn will sit down and take the time to understand the root of the issue that is holding your life back from where you want it to be. She will help you in so many ways! I recommend her to everyone who is ready! Just give her a call! You will see for yourself what a gift she is to this earth!


    I specialize in career and business counseling and assisting clients with strategies and accountability in meeting their personal goals.


    I am a integrative health and recovery coach. I work with women to create an amazing life beyond addiction. We will work together to examine the thoughts and behaviors that are keeping you stuck and design a plan to support joyful and sustainable sobriety.


    I support professionals who are lacking fulfillment in their lives to get crystal clear on their life's purpose, make a plan to get where they want to be and feel courageous so that they can create more joy and happiness in their lives. What separates my service from other life coaches is that I am also a yoga therapist and I teach my clients body/mind techniques to address the fear, stress and anxiety that come up in the process. Because of all that my clients not only get crystal clear on their life’s purpose but receive specific step-by-step information on how to go about their next phase in life without the overwhelming anxiety and fear.


    As a graduate of USM with a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and a certified Life Coach, I will guide you through the process that will allow you to manifest greater success and fulfillment, personally and professionally. You will overcome any challenges that disturb your peace and you'll fulfill your deepest aspirations through discovering effective and joy-filled ways of reaching the life you’ve been dreaming of.


    I provide relationship and communication coaching services. I specialize in working with individuals and couples to improve dysfunctional communication patterns and to cultivate greater trust, support, and compassion. A master's degree in marriage and family therapy and a certification as a coaching practitioner provide me with all the necessary skills to help individuals from varying walks of life to make the most of their relationships.


    I work on the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of healing -- from vibrational crystal healing to counseling. I help people tap in to the best version of who they are.

    • 16 years in business

    I provide professional and personal life coaching across a wide variety of ages, professions and lifestyles. I have been coaching and giving life guidance for over 12 years. I have assisted a wide variety of clients from teenagers to entire families. I offered an unbiased non judgemental view of individual circumstances and provide several courses of actions based upon individual goals. Communication, relationships, self esteem, fitness, life goals and professional satisfaction all come together to make us who we are. Both times we are too close to the problem and have too many biases to honestly assess the situation. This is where I come in and give you an honest assessment. You may love what I have to say not want to hear it. The truth may hurt but it will also set you free. Let's see if we can change your life for the better.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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

    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.

    How much does it cost to hire a career coach?

    When it’s time to take your career to the next level, it’s time to hire a career coach. The cost to have a career coach help you with your professional journey will vary based on how many sessions you require, the level of coaching you desire, and the rates of the coach as determined by their experience, expertise, education and training. On average, career coaching sessions can range from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the professional and what your needs are. Career coaches in smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living will also typically have lower rates than those residing in large metro areas like New York, although most do offer remote coaching. Many coaches also offer a free introductory consultation, which gives you the opportunity to determine if their personality and coaching style are the right fit. It’s helpful to ask the coach about their relevant experience and get references from former clients. Depending on the professional, session rates could range anywhere from under $60 to well over $250 per session. Package discounts are a good way to commit to the relationship as well as get savings on services.

    What is a career counselor?

    If you’re feeling lost in your career path, overwhelmed, in need of a job but confused as where to start, or ready for change but uncertain what you want, a career counselor is a good choice for you. A career counselor is typically a licensed professional who has earned a master’s degree in counseling — likely with an emphasis on career counseling. Each state has different licensing requirements for career counselors, so be sure to research before reaching out to a pro.

    Due to their academic backgrounds, career counselors often have a more holistic and in-depth approach than a career coach. Career coaches are not regulated by states and also tend to be more business-focused — a good fit for those who know what they want but need help achieving it. On the other hand, a career counselor provides guidance and clarity around some of the more emotional aspects that job hunting and career movement entail. Career counselors meet with you in a series of one-on-one sessions. They assess your personality and learn what drives you. They get a detailed understanding of your work history and your hopes, and often work to help you discover any internal blocks preventing you from going where you want to go. Hiring a career counselor is appropriate at any time in your career, from recent graduate to executive-level management.

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