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Empowerment Strategies
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Gordon B.
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As a personal trainer for 15 years, my career has allowed me the fortitude to meet and work with 100's of trainers. When I met Scott, I knew that he possessed the ability to become a quality trainer, because his integrity was top notch. Not only is Scott eager to help others by sharing his passion and knowledge for fitness, but he is genuinely a great guy who can wear multiple "hats" - he is a motivator, he is caring, and he is professional. Scott will help educate you and keep you accountable.

Freed Om Yoga, LLC
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Mona Q.
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Working with Freedom has really opened up my body and relaxed my mind. She helps me focus on building strength and flexibility in areas that have constantly caused me pain due to being cramped up in a car all day for my career as a sales rep. It's a great workout and has reduced my stress tremendously!

Clearways Coaching
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ronny C.
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David is an incredible coach. He helped me improve not only my professional career but also my personal life. After one of my startups went wrong I needed to make some changes but I didn't know which direction to turn! I felt unmotivated, unsure of myself, directionless, aimless, I was not able to find my passion… Now I feel completely different. Thanks to David I feel GREAT. In our first meeting he listened very carefully to what I was looking for and what my situation was (A true listener!). After that, David explained me how he was going to help me. David helped me find out what my life purpose, values and skills are. We - together - designed a solid path accordingly to set and achieve personal and professional goals. The best part is that he did not give me the answers, David helped me find my answers from within. If you are willing to put the effort, David can help you change your life and and your career.

Ann Robins MA Consulting
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Shanda W.
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Because of the advice Ann has given me, I am in the top 12% of my field. When I follow her advice I am successful at every turn. With her having the experience to back up her advice, I know her advice is tried & true. She has been a career saver/maker! Thank you Ann for all you have helped me with. I wouldn't be where I am without your advice!

Wise Heart Coaching
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Julie H.
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I had 6 months of coaching with Judith. Gradually I was able to see myself more clearly and where I wanted to be in this world. My goal at the time was to find a new career. Not only after 6 months was I able to pin point a career that would fit/work for me, but I also developed a better sense of knowing myself. Judith's skills and modalities as a coach potently initiate awakening and change. Addressing life experiences, sometimes challenging, stirred my core creating excitement and fun discovering myself. I would highly recommend Judith. She is firm yet compassionate as she guides you through self discovery. I recommend investing at least 3 months but encourage 6 months of coaching. After three months of coaching I was awakened to new possibilities for myself and my life. In 6 months these awakenings developed into knowing, creating confidence and tools for change. Thanks Judith

Megan Leatherman
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Steph C.
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I came to Megan seeking general career/life advice, having no real idea what I wanted to do, and knowing only that my current career/life was not fulfilling. Through helpful exercises and authentic, practical, and (most of all) honest feedback, Megan guided me through one of the most challenging stretches of my life, and even helped me understand that it can be a gift to experience such a crisis. She helped me find the confidence to finally apply for a position in a very competitive agency, a position I had been wanting to apply to for years, and just the other day, I found out I had a final interview for a position in that agency! Megan is compassionate, a great listener, authentic, and she can push you when it doesn't always feel comfortable. But it's more than worth it to know that, regardless of the outcome of my current search, I am on a firmer, clearer path to living the life I want. I cannot recommend her services highly enough.

Gail H.
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Linda is an amazing person. She is my colleague and my friend. Within our consultation group of therapists she is know as "superwoman". Her experience and training make her a tremendous asset to the field, and a fabulous therapist!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lorna G.
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I felt understood, and her way of explaining life and situations, set me up for a course of happiness and success. I have become certain of myself and capable of taking control of my life with no anxiety. I recommend her to anybody for any situation; life, career, relationships, family, spirituality. She’s amazing!

Melissa H.
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I started working with Shannon at a time in my life when I was feeling lost. I had been out of the workforce for several years and did not know what I wanted to do next. Shannon started by jogging my memory to remember what my earliest passions were. We discussed those things that bring me joy in life. From there, Shannon helped me to recognize career fields that aligned with interests. Then she sent me job leads and introduced me to hiring managers. Shannon helped me to schedule interviews as well as prepare for them. I also had no idea how to market myself on LinkedIn or social media. She helped me with that also. I am pleased to report that thanks to working with Shannon, I am now happily employed as a skilled trades recruiter for a manufacturing company. The best part is, I love what I do and I get to work remote! I’m so grateful I signed up for Shannon’s intensive career sculpting package! This is the best I’ve felt in ages. I highly recommend you work with this woman today!

Spark a Career
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Cloie C.
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After leaving a 20-year career, I was hoping to learn the secrets of how to get a job in the competitive Portland market. I ended up learning so much more - about myself, what is important to me, and that instead of a job, I actually wanted to be an entrepreneur. What a surprise! Each week was productive and encouraging. I have a solid plan now, that includes certifications, business plans, and networking strategy. No mysteries and the direction I so very needed.


KCG Consulting provides small business owners the input and support they need to stay on top of their operations and performance. Together we will improve your financial literacy, set goals, build value, and make sure your business is working for YOU. My specialty is working with owners who want a path toward a successful exit, whether that is 2 years or 10 years in the future. I am also a trained Co-Active coach, and provide this service to owners and employees alike as a stand-alone service, or as an adjunct to a consulting relationship. I really enjoy the passion and energy of my clients! And I recognize first hand the very real issue of burnout that most owners face as they work nonstop in their own operation. I love to see the shift as these talented people develop their skills in management and strategic planning, and are able to step away from the day-to-day tasks in order to build their business. Along the way there is inevitably some soul-searching and realignment as my clients discover new confidence and satisfaction in their businesses and their lives.


With a deep passion to help others find wellness and health, Contemporary Fitness provides customizable wellness plans including workouts, meal plans and yoga instruction. With her as your health coach she provides fitness, nutrition, personal growth, and support. She and her team of health coaches has found this is the perfect combination for wellness.


I am an experienced character qualities teacher, mentor and life coach. I have over 15 years of experience working with youth. What I do is work with teenagers and young adults to come up with life plans to help them reach their goals and dreams from academic goals, personal goals, family goals, community involvement goals, etc. I hold them accountable to the short term as well as long term goals they set. I will follow up with there teachers as well as parents to see if their behavior is consistent with the goals they've set. I also assist my clients in . I am very well connected in the Oregon and Washington areas which means that I have a plethora of resources and agencies that I am in partnership with that will assist me in helping my clients in whatever needs they may have. I guarantee improvement with my clients. For a 1 year contract my rates are $1200 per client which can be paid upfront or in installments. My rates per hour is $50. I am looking forward to doing business with all of you and helping assist our next generation in becoming winners. Thanks and God bless!!!


We are a professional consulting business in the areas of personal and professional image and growth, life coaching, editing, and reading and writing skills.


Professional coaching brings fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, increased interpersonal effectiveness and confidence. As a leader, there is a need to focus on organizational culture because it is closely tied to your ability to sustain success for the long haul. Professional coaching maximizes potential and therefore, unlocks and builds the self-confidence of employees to face challenges which is critical in meeting organizational demands. Enhanced thinking and decision-making skills as well as interpersonal effectiveness are a few of the benefits gained from a coaching partnership. Ultimately, the success or failure of a business can come down to the people. It is important to have talented and motivated people driving your business forward. Nothing you do is more important than hiring and developing talent within your organization. The ROI is measurable.


I work with clients to design a specific job search strategy and appropriate documentation to acquire a federal job. With 30+ years as a federal HR employment expert, I know the myths and how to create an effective job search process that will work for you!


I provide consulting and coaching specializing in organization, reorganization, project/task management, financial restructuring, and conflict resolution.


Dorothy's coaching and programs cover what she calls the “career continuum” covering work on: •career growth and executive •career change •retirement alternatives •job search strategy Her website and blog house multitudes of resources covering the entire career continuum. Dorothy Tannahill-Moran is a certified life and career coach. She has 21 years of operational management experience with Intel and has held positions as a vocational instructor and headhunter previous to working at Intel.


We offer 30-minute phone sessions. We are like a "trainer" with objective advice about you and your career path taken and moving forward. Everyone needs objective opinions about their job. Friends and family are not trained to give great advice or coaching concepts. Call a professional that's been in the business for over 20 years.


If you want to change your life, visit my website. I am a board-certified hynotherapist, NLP master trainer and coach, and a certified EMDR and trauma coach. I am doing my business as a personal development coach offering trauma resolution and sports peak performance, and I am working with companies like Nike.

  • 5 years in business

I strive to assist my clients in finding the correct path for their life by working from the inside out. By determining a client's passions and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of their identity, I can better assist them in achieving a vision for their future that they want and are capable of achieving. I truly enjoy seeing others grow and become more than they thought they were capable of.

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

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.

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 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.   

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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