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Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

This will be my second week working with Elin Personal Training Redefined. So far I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Elin responds very quickly to any question or inquiry that I may have, and the trainer Alek has done a great job during my sessions. I also really appreciate the guidance and advice on nutrition. I would definitely recommend Elin. Thanks!

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Level 10 Lifestyle & Fitness
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Santana D.
Verified review

Hiring Lvl 10 was the best decision of my life . I saw such great results from my personal training . I was challenged to be the best woman I could possibly be. I dropped 4 sizes in the matter of four months. I also received personal nutritional guidance, and the best part was that my trainer walked me through what to eat and why I should eat it. My training sessions were hard & at the same time extremely fun. Do yourself a favor and go with LVL 10

D&O Coaching, LLC
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kasia K.
Verified review

Zeynep is an excellent life coach. I worked with her for a month and the sessions were so incredible that I was able to work through my career issues quite quickly. I probably should have worked with her for a longer amount of time, but I wanted to try to sort things out myself. I've been doing well but may seek out her coaching skills at a later point in time. Her insight really helped me to get moving, stop sleeping on the weekends :-) and to start tackling my life with gusto. I definitely recommend her talking to her and working with her. As a single woman about to turn 40 years old, I am so fortunate to have worked with her. Thank you and Good Luck with your soul searching! You are starting in the right place!

  • 11 years in business
Eilanete B.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of working with Cesaire Career Consulting recently. I was in need of a revamp for my resume and was referred by a friend to use CCC. My resume was changed from a doer to an achiever. I’m pleased with the quality of service that was provided. I would use CCC again.

  • 2 years in business
John H.
Verified review

Dr. Ingram is a caring professional. With his help and support I was able to set some goals that i am now acheiving. I am finally in the career of my choice and I am in school pursuing my terminal degree. I appreciate so very much his guidance and assistance. I truly feel that I am successful because he cared guided me in the right direction.

  • 1 year in business
Mekka B.
Verified review

Jen exemplifies true compassion for her clients. She has extended her hand out to my daughter and I in a way that I truly can’t even put into words. Her guidance and solicitude goes beyond measures. So grateful to have crossed paths with her.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mimi A.
Verified review

Sophie's guidance is direct but warm and supportive. She is full of wisdom and having her mentorship has been invaluable.

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Hannah P.
Verified review

Robin was very helpful to me during a time of stress and transition. She assisted me in learning how to find my truth and follow my dream of starting a career in New York. I would definitely go see her again.

  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Georgia L.
Verified review

Jesse has exceptional insight, vision and compassion. He listens, zeros in on the issues and is able to present clear, innovative and effective approaches to any situation. I feel acknowledged and valued and I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone searching for guidance, clarity and personal success.

Malakia Group
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony T.
Verified review

Ms. Malakia was incredibly prompt, precise and helpful. She responded to my emails very quickly and throughout the day, and her feedback was both personalized and helpful. I would certainly recommend her, especially if you feel shaky about your career services department.

Knowledge Kinetics
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Janet W.
Verified review

Gaurav Bhalla is an experienced and versatile business consultant and executive education specialist. As a consultant and educator, he brings to his clients excellent communication and strategic thinking skills, developed over a 35-year career working with Fortune 500 companies and teaching in executive programs at leading business schools. Since 2002, Gaurav has taught numerous times in executive education programs at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He has taught modules on marketing management, service innovation, customer journey mapping, and customer experience management. As director of Smith's Center for Excellence in Service, I have had ample opportunity to observe his teaching style. Gaurav is a highly effective executive educator, whose teaching evaluations are always stellar. The content of his courses is always conceptually rigorous and managerially relevant, and the executives in our programs rave about the quality of his presentation style. Gaurav Bhalla is the consummate business consulting and executive education professional. He can be trusted to deliver an unparalleled client experience.

Chaplain Tim J. Buffaloe
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
James R.
Verified review

Many years ago Chaplain Buffaloe ran a faith based outreach program in Waldorf Md. Chaplain Buffaloe, with the Lord's help and guidance, saved me from myself while I was in that fellowship. My entire life was transformed by that experience. I am pleased to see the Lord is still guiding Chaplain Buffaloe and still sending him to help those who have lost their way and have fallen prey to an unforgiving, unloving, deceitful enemy. May God continue to bless him and his work.

CareerSensei Consulting
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica R.
Verified review

Yolanda has helped me through three different job searches and, every time, I've always been successful. She has great feedback and is able to help me when I go "I know a do a lot here, but I have no idea how to put it in words...". With her help, my resume is in a professional, easy to maintain format, organized perfectly, and worded better than I could on my own. Her advice is always well thought out and helpful. Yolanda has helped me tackle things like my professional summary, hiring, and making my interviewing stronger. I've come to her with "I know I need to know how to summarize my career, but I just don't know how" and she's given me solid advice and starting points. She's a great resource to have in your corner whether you're just starting out (how I wish I had her services then!) or later in your career. I recommend her to any of my friends looking for advice, a job switch, or a resume refresh (or all of the above)!

  • 2 years in business
Alix P.
Verified review

I had never had any structured guidance around meditation and mindfulness, though as someone who has suffered from anxiety my entire life, knew I needed it. Nevertheless, while hopeful, I wasn’t certain how effective a one-hour conversation could be for me. I’m thrilled to say that Adwoa went above and beyond any expectations I could have had. She doesn’t come in with any preconceived notions or one-size-fits-all answers. She took the time to listen to everything I said and dig and dig and dig to ensure that I understood my anxiety triggers on my own; something I’ve struggled 30+ years to figure out entirely. Even her voice was calming, and I knew I could be completely open without judgement. This wasn’t just about meditation and mindfulness, it was about the path to a wholly mindful state, improving not just me by myself, but my interactions with others as well. I appreciate that she encouraged me not to set the bar too high for myself, but to just start with 5 minutes every day. I’m happy to report that not only have I been able to do that, but I’ve been able to have more control over my anxiety in that time. While I still have a long road ahead of me, I can say with absolute certainty that Adwoa was an incredible push in the right direction. I would absolutely recommend her coaching to anyone; she is a true gem in the field!

Soares Life Coaching
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Jana S.
Verified review

Eduardo Soares has a gift. I believe that he has found his purpose in life. He can help you in many areas of life. He is very profissional, detail oriented and very determinated to extract the best out of you. I would highly recommend his coach guidance!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen M.
Verified review

Kristen has helped me with career counseling and school counseling. She has been amazing so far!!

Parachute Coaching, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Denitsa A.
Verified review

I found Parachute Coaching quite serendipitously and I feel incredibly fortunate that I did. When I started working with Lauren, I was miserable in my job. It was emotionally draining, and I felt trapped. I needed someone to help me focus my energy and get the work done well, and fast! Lauren did just that! She helped me identify the positive aspects of my current situation (however bad it seemed to me) and she skillfully guided me to pursue new career opportunities that more directly align with my values and goals. Just like an athletic coach, Lauren found my strengths and "trained" me to develop those, while being aware of potential weaknesses and obstacles I created for myself. It is a gift to be able to do that! I am thrilled to say that within weeks (literally) I accepted an amazing position at a company I have been following for years. In addition, Lauren helped me discover ways in which I create my own obstacles and we developed strategies to prevent that in the future. Lauren is a true source of support -- responding quickly to emails and making herself available as needed, recognizing the anxiety of career transitions. However, the most important thing for me is that we have trust, trust that she truly cares about my success, and is a true advocate for me. Trust does not come easy to me and having that with Lauren is invaluable. However, she keeps me on my toes and challenges me constantly. She definitely doesn't let me get away with anything! I look forward to my sessions with Lauren and highly recommend Parachute Coaching to anyone needing help with a goal, career-related or not.

  • 11 years in business
Aaron S.
Verified review

I have found Gerry to be an exceptional resource and wise counsel throughout my career. He has a passion for helping people find meaningful and productive work that aligns with their natural talents and motivations. I would highly recommend him for any sort of mentoring or career coaching task.

Two Bird Coaching
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Jessica H.
    Verified review

    Atieno came into a time of my life when I really needed some guidance. She was very helpful for me to find myself and work through some 'bumps' that I was facing in my life road. I became a more focused and happy person by working with her.

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Aimal A.
    Verified review

    Sundas was very accommodating to my requests. She provided valuable advice for my career ambitions. More importantly, her assistance on the resume was outstanding.

    KSED Fitness
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Sonia W.
    Verified review

    I had been struggling to gain some muscle on my own. With Fawad's guidance I was able to put on 7lbs of muscle and lose fat. I would highly recommend him as a trainer. I see I am one of the featured clients here! Thanks!

    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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