ICF-certified professional career, life & executive coach.
What is coaching?
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with Clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
The coach’s role is to hold Clients as whole, capable, resourceful and creative. During a session, I ask provocative questions to support my Clients in unlocking their own internal wisdom about what they really want and how to overcome what’s blocking them. I assist Clients in hearing their own voices more clearly.
As an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), I adhere to the ICF’s Code of Ethics and Core Competencies. ICF credentials are the international gold standard in coaching preparation. The ACC indicates I completed an accredited coaching program, completed over 100 Client coaching hours and passed an exam at the time it was awarded. I’m currently working toward the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential.
Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires client’s maximum potential.
There are many reasons why people come to coaching. One of the most common is a crossroads: finding yourself at a turning point but not knowing which way to go. Others finally get tired of being tired, unhappy, or dissatisfied with their career or life in general. Some feel stuck, with no way out or through.
Many clients who choose to coach with me do so because I’ve had a similar career to one they imagine for themselves, in a STEM, User Experience or creative field. I deeply understand the rewards and challenges of being the lone woman in male-dominated professions or a fish out of water in other ways. When appropriate, I offer combination mentoring-coaching, to support clients’ continued professional skill development while helping them tap their own inner wisdom.
Other clients coach with me for a very different reason: because I’m a cognitive psychologist and former clinical speech-language pathologist, I have broad knowledge of various disabilities. I’ve coached a variety of caregivers of family members with special needs, supporting them through the most challenging role of their lives.
Regardless of what brings them to the process, what all coaching clients have in common is a small voice telling them things don’t have to be this way. There must be something better.
And there is. It just takes one step.
ICF-certified professional coach
UX Researcher, Wall Street Journal
Two years ago, I started my career as a freelance UX designer and researcher working with Melanie; I had just come out of a UX bootcamp with little prior UX experience and only a vague idea of the direction in which I wanted to go. It became immediately apparent that I had struck gold with Melanie. She took on her given role as my supervisor and then went above and beyond by becoming my mentor, a role she holds to this day long after I left freelancing to go in-house.
“Melanie deftly distills years of experience and advanced education in UX and Psychology into actionable, bite-sized, tailored pieces of advice. She is clearly a born educator.”
Her wealth of advice, technical skills, and philosophies have been instrumental for me to move forward in my career as a UX Researcher. I’m now leading research at my company and constantly face complex problems both internally and when conducting the actual research.
Melanie continues to support me, checking in and, as soon as I signal for help, hopping immediately on the phone and/or answering emails. I am so grateful for her dedication to my career and personal growth and it just continually amazes me that I am not the only person she is mentoring!!
Product Manager, Tech Startup
Working with Melanie has been wonderful! Even after a few sessions, I have so many new tools with which to tackle my biggest challenges. I deeply appreciate her ability to provide both technical, in-the-weeds advice for growing my career AND guidance when it comes to bigger picture issues (imposter syndrome! gender bias!).
“I would highly recommend Melanie to anyone looking for a kind, empowering, empathetic partner in their journey of self-care and self-improvement.”
I personally love that she often provides feedback in the form of observations (“Because you did this”, “I am hearing this”) rather than opinions — it really makes her assessments believable and impactful! I would trust Melanie with addressing a broad range of goals — she’s worked with so many diverse industries and clients within her UX career, and her speech pathology background has really enhanced our coaching. I would highly recommend Melanie to anyone looking for a kind, empowering, empathetic partner in their journey of self-care and self-improvement.
Product designer, Square
I’ve been talking to Melanie for about three years and the ROI is clear — she has helped me negotiate a 40k raise at one job and 3 months of vacation at another (both of which I thought were impossible before talking to her). But the most valuable part of working with Melanie is not financial.
Like many women, I grew up valuing politeness and conflict-avoidance over expressing my own needs and opinions. That has not served me well working in tech, where both UX design and traditionally-female traits are often overlooked and undervalued. Melanie has challenged me to become more assertive, addressing conflict or directly asking for what I want rather than stewing in resentment.
“I have recommended Melanie to many friends, and would encourage anyone considering coaching to give it a try.”
I’ve shifted toward having confidence in my worth as a designer and toward trusting my own beliefs and interpretations of the world, even when they don’t line up with others’. She has also helped me find ways to have influence at work and convince others of my ideas when I assumed no one would change their mind. I still have plenty of anxiety and work challenges, but Melanie has given me a strong set of tools for dealing with hard situations and decisions. I have recommended her to many friends, and would encourage anyone considering coaching to give it a try.
Operations Manager, Mayor's Office of New York City
I came to Melanie feeling lost about my career trajectory. I have worked in the public and nonprofit sector for over a decade and was feeling like I didn’t have much to show for the work I had done. Through Melanie’s coaching sessions, I have transformed my outlook. She helped me identify my strengths and all the skills I have acquired throughout my career path. The work I did with Melanie helped propel me to a new job. While I don’t think this job is my dream job, I am more satisfied at work and I am feeling more hopeful about the opportunities available to me.
“Melanie approaches each session with genuine curiosity and care, and I always walk away with a little more clarity about myself.”
Melanie was also extremely helpful in navigating discussions with my supervisor, including dealing with negative feedback and asking for a raise (which I was able to receive!). Melanie helped me dissect the issues with my supervisor and helped guide my perspective to grow from a position of fear and helplessness to one of empowerment and action.
I highly recommend Melanie’s coaching services. She approaches each session with genuine curiosity and care, and I always walk away with a little more clarity about myself. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with Melanie!