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from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Karl Y.
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Curtis is an exceptional thought leader and has a keen sense of what your goals are and how to direct you on the best path. I was most impressed by his excellent recall to conversions we had weeks and months prior and his detailed responses showing how much interest he had in me the person more than a client. Curtis provided thorough spiritual guidance and improvement in professional and personal development. Highly recommended.

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Envision You
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Whitley B.
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Erica exceeded my epectaions by being way ahead of my deadline. She is also honest, detailed oriented, and I was very happy with her services. She was very professional and kind. I cannot thank her enough for the excellent work she's done.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Matt B.
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Dan Teadt is a Grammy award-winning world class singer with a beautiful voice. His experience on both the opera stage and in the concert hall has prepared him to be an appropriate teacher for singers of any level from beginner to someone singing on the stage at the Metropolitan Opera. Dan understands how to tailor lessons to meet the needs of whomever he is teaching. For instance, I was speaking with Dan last week regarding an issue with my career. He recommended I make a specific change to my operatic repertoire amending my aria list. He listened to my concerns and without flinching addressed my problem from an angle I had not considered before. Brilliant. Dan and I have known one another since 1999. I have shared the stage with him several times and have seen him perform numerous times. I have had many teachers in my training at Juilliard, Manhattan School, Aspen Music Festival and in NYC. I say with all confidence that Dan is on par with the level of teaching at these institutions. He will bring a new approach to whatever issues you have in the big picture or if you are starting from scratch. Pittsburgh is indeed lucky to have a talent like Dan Teadt caring for the young stars of tomorrow. Matthew Burns Bass-Baritone Dan and I have known one another since 1999. I have shared the stage with him several times. I have seen him perform numerous times. I have had many teachers in my training as a singer. I say with all confidence that Dan will bring a new approach to whatever issues you have in the big picture or

FindYou Life Coach
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janetta G.
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While I was initially hesitant to participate in a Life Coach session, Nancy calmed my nerves with her warm personality and positive feedback. She took the time to explain her unique role by insisting that I focus on the present. Nancy taught me how to realistically achieve my professional and personal goals. In regards to the session, I was able to open up about my deepest challenges and struggles because of her incredible ability to listen and guide the conversation with ease. Nancy has a true talent - I highly recommend her services. I think what sets her apart is her ability to work with a diverse group of clients. She knows what is holding a client back; she is not afraid to make you think on a deeper level to notice it for yourself. She has chosen the perfect career to help others be the best version of themselves.

Lenny M. Ovadia
from 7 reviews
    Matthew B.
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    I have known Lenny for almost 3 years, and I can truly say his friendship and mentorship has been a blessing. During this time, there have been several times in my life where I have called upon Lenny for his guidance and advice. Whether it be professional advice or guidance in my personal life, Lenny has always had just the right words. He was kind enough to share career advice and professional tips while I was completing my senior year of college. I specifically remember I was sharing with him my frustrations toward a particular course I was taking at the time. I was so frustrated I was even questioning my major. He assured me that I needed to stick with it and see my field of study through to completion. He told me that, while things were difficult at that time, I would ultimately be glad I persevered and I would reap the rewards of the successful completion of my major in the future. His professional mentorship has continued through my career search and into the career I ultimately achieved. Lenny's mentorship has also extended into my personal life, and that is what I cherish the most. I lost my father in 2014, and Lenny was one of the first people I reached out to for a shoulder to cry on. I knew his gentle, reassuring nature is what I needed. Not only did he respond immediately, but he even attended my father's funeral to support my in that difficult time. I have also called upon Lenny for relationship advice of varying types. He always has personal anecdotes of his own experiences, and draws from them to guide me in my life. We try to meet every few months for coffee and regularly keep in touch through texting. I can honestly say I walk away with a brighter outlook on life each time we meet. Lenny is strongly grounded in his faith, his values, and a desire to bring a positive energy to those around him. He is one of the most inspirational people I know, and it is truly an honor to call him a friend.

    from 6 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    Dirk H.
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    Melissa is a phenomenal nutritionist. I was referred to her by my personal trainer in September because I wanted to lose a significant amount of weight and have always struggled with following a healthy diet and lifestyle. Melissa has given me several very specific diet plans over the past 4 months that have enabled me to lose 70 pounds. I remain on my journey to lose another 30 pounds and Melissa continues to guide me throughout my journey. Melissa is meticulous, detail-oriented and demanding. She doesn't accept excuses. She holds her clients accountable for delivering results. I have been very successful in achieving my weight loss goals to date because of her constant guidance and my desire to "follow the plan". I highly recommend Melissa. She is an expert at teaching people how to follow a disciplined diet and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

    Lynn M.
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    Wow – I received a multi-card reading from Toni Lynn Price for life purpose, healing, and daily guidance. It was absolutely fascinating and astoundingly helpful, informative, and accurate. It felt incredibly dead on, like deep truth, which I have known all along. Everything told to me was so amazing and relevant, and is helping me to have more energy, focus, and motivation to do what I am being called to do. I loved the reading and found it very helpful on many levels, and I highly recommend this! Thank you so much!

    • 1 year in business
    Irina G.
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    "Before working with Gretchell Professional Services, I was feeling hopeless about future and unsure about my abilities to achieve my goals and making a lasting change in my life. After working with Stephen, I learned what has been blocking me. That brought so much sense to why I was doing what I was doing. He provided sound advice and encouragement. We came up with strategies how to get my life on track and how to choose my responses to situations vs just reacting to everything. Now I am able to meet my life challenges with confidence to create the life I desire. I am on a track to creating my own coaching and mentorship business and I know I wouldn't be able to do it with Stephen's help."

    Hollis B.
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    Ruth is a certified and knowledgeable life and career coach. I have been her client for over a year and she has had an incredible impact upon my life. She is compassionate, open and intelligent. Ruth is the best in helping to meet life challenges, whether small or large, with positivism for the best possible outcomes.

    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Beth S.
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    When I started the journey to hire a career coach, I was not sure what to expect. Working with Rocco over this past year has exceeded all of my expectations. Rocco takes the time to personalize the plan for each client and really took the time to get to know me and in the process help me to discover talents and ambitions that had been buried by years of professional expectations. He challenges me to be the best in all aspects of my life. I look forward to continuing to work him in the future and highly recommend him.

    LaBaron W. Stevens, LPC
    from 4 reviews
    • 13 hires on Thumbtack
    Melanie A.
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    He was patient, offered guidance and a new perspective .

    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lindsay P.
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    Jawbhopper helped me organize my resume professionally to be competitive in my field. I feel confident trying to advance my career and begin the application process to start working with other companies. I feel like I have one up on everyone else!

    Coaching The Now
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Dawn B.
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    I have always been the type of person with a ton of different interests, and have always been okay at doing almost all of them. As someone who has always loved writing and photography, but was always too scared to try and make anything out of it, I was envious of all those that took their passion and turned it into a career. Even still, I’m not a risk taker, and all the thoughts of failure prevented me from trying anything other than the humdrum everyday path I’d been on. However, within the last year or so, I have done a lot of self-reflection and realized I needed to make changes in my life. I wanted to obtain more career satisfaction and enjoy my life more. I knew this, but never knew how to go about accomplishing this or even planning for it. So for a year I’ve felt stuck. Fast Forward to January 2015. I’ve been a colleague of Leah’s for over a year. However within that time, she has become so much more than a colleague. She has truly encouraged me and inspired me to take on the life I want. To make my own path and follow it and do me! My lack of follow through has not discouraged Leah though. She continued to encourage me and push me past my comfort zone. (Discomfort creates change right?) With her guidance (and persistence) I have developed a plan to accomplish what I want to accomplish. I am enrolled in a photography course, started a blog and finally have goals in place. I feel like I finally have a plan to accomplish things I’ve wanted to for years now. While I know life happens and not everything follows a plan, it feels great to know that I am on a path which I am excited about and will hopefully lead me to have the career satisfaction I have long desired! Dawn Bartha, MEd

    Career Coaching
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Xuning Z.
    Verified review

    Syed scheduled a call with me and briefed on various useful key points and techniques on networking, e.g. selecting the correct event that matches my goal, getting recommendations on LinkedIn, etc. They are really useful and to the point, and made me realize again that the details do count.

    • 16 years in business
    Maria A.
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    I met Mary Lee Gannon through a women's professional network. At the time I was facing many challenges in my career. After speaking to Mary Lee, I retained her as a career/personal coach and I haven't looked backed. I could not have made it through the many hurdles and challenges that I was faced with in Corporate America if it were not for Mary Lee. She has guided me through not only my corporate career but helped prepare me to start my own business. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have had Mary Lee as both my career coach and personal coach.


    I help individuals and couples identify and secure fulfilling lives and careers. I also provide outplacement and EAP services to businesses and nonprofit organizations. I have been in practice for 14 years now. I generate business through my website and word of mouth referrals from clients and area resource providers. I work with a broad spectrum of client, such as college students, recent graduates, mid-life professionals, and corporate executives. I love seeing people succeed!


    I offer career and life coaching to get you moving now. I provide career coaching to guide true calling discovery and authentic business building and life coaching to get you moving into confident action. I'll help you see and make the major decision you are not yet making. See my recommendations by searching my name, Tom Volkar, on LinkedIn. Clients love the fact that my 13 years of experience allow me to meet them exactly where they are. I prescribe exactly the right tools to get them what they want sooner. I believe in helping you to do it your way. I'm especially skilled in helping you see what you want and the best actions for getting there. As a result, your clarity and confidence will increase as you transform.


    We mentor people and help them live more independent and fulfilled lives. We support, listen, validate and try to bring hope into the lives of others.


    I am a lifetime athlete and seeker of peace and happiness. My goals include empowering you with wisdom, hope, and inspiration to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. A life in which your confidence, energy, and faith is through the roof! Boost your internal motivation to find and fulfill your dreams and desires of the life you always wanted to achieve, as it is all possible! I offer physical fitness, spiritual guidance, meditation, energy enhancement methods, and stress reduction techniques. Love and peace to all! Namaste.


    Veritas delivers coaching, consulting and training services to both individuals and groups, with a focus on personal development, career skill building, and assessment. I utilize a background in entrepreneurship, leadership development and counseling psychology to deliver personal and career coaching that results in increased productivity, stress reduction, stronger relationships, and life satisfaction for clients. Together, we'll facilitate goal clarification, assess motivation and present options for new patterns for you to thrive in both your personal and professional life.

    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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