An integrative approach to career counseling draws upon existential and narrative psychological perspectives. This holistic approach assists and supports clients in exploring and reflecting upon the direction, purpose and meaning of their lives and their work.
Integrative Career Counseling helps clients to deepen their awareness and perspective on their relationship with work and career. It helps clients to better understand and feel more connected to their experiences and emotions.
Integrative Career Counseling guides clients in the practice of being more fully present in their daily lives and to feel more authentic and confident in their decisions, choices and actions.
I work with many young adults grappling with decisions about what to study at College or University and/or what career paths to pursue.
Two contrasting phrases I hear often in relation to this age group are: "failure to launch" and "wanting a career that they are passionate about". What I often see among them is not so much a failure to launch but a decision paralysis. This paralysis stems from fear of choosing a career path that may not lead to and guarantee work that they are "passionate" about.
Without this "guarantee" making any education or career decisions becomes increasingly difficult. It would of course be wonderful if jobs and careers came "fully packaged" offering both passion and fulfillment!
But much like the search for meaning or the search for happiness or fulfillment, the search for work and careers that we are passionate about remains elusive without our active engagement, without our choices and decisions, without our experiences to help us personally define what these words mean.
How do we do this? When we exercise our decision muscles, when we take risks, when we open ourselves to trying something new or of interest, when we take a leap of faith and jump in, when we fail, when we triumph, when we learn, and when we participate in, and contribute to our studies, training or work.
Our active engagement brings every educational experience and every work role we have "to life". Our active engagement allows us to experience, discover, define, create and sustain work or careers that we feel passionate about or that we experience as fulfilling.
Britt-Mari Sykes PhD is a Career Counselor, Certified Career Strategist (CCS), Certified Work/Life Strategist (CWS), and Certified Employment Strategist (CES). To book a consultation contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org