Career Transitions


Athletes and performers have frequent transitions in their careers, due to injury, age and/or retirement.  As a former NFL Players Assistance Clinician, I continue to provide services to athletes and their families.   In 2016, Guy McIntyre, director of alumni affairs for the 49ers, and I compiled a "Playbook" of services for former NFL players and presented this at the 49ers Annual Alumni week-end.


A particular interest of mine is working with athletes/performers in re-defining their sense of self post-playing. This includes expanding self-identity, exploring interests and competences, setting new goals and putting a strong support structure in place.



  • Identifying and Managing Stressors in the Work Place    

  • Communication Strategies for Difficult Conversations in the Workplace    

  • Workshop Series: Interventions for Supervising and Coaching Challenging Employees in the Work Place   

  • Grief in the Workplace    

  • Home Away from Home:  How Adult Children of Alcoholics Present Themselves at Work

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Black Lives Matter! Or Do They Really?  When and How to Address Differences in Working with People who are Different from You.

  • Anti-Bias Conversations with Early Educators Series

  • Unique Stressors for Women of Color

  • Taking Care of Self: Obstacles to Self-Care for Women of Color

Relationships & Parenting

  • Parenting Under Pressure

  • Long-Term Relationships: Couples in it for the Long Haul

  • Communication Strategies for Difficult Conversations with a Loved One

  • Impact of Substance Abuse/Addiction on Families and Children

  • Coping with a Loved One's Substance Use/Misus

  • Taking Care of Self: Obstacles to Self-Care

  • When the Going Gets Tough:

Healthy Ways to Escape Reality

I provide employee related consulting services to organizations and teams including:

  • Confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems

  • Mediation, negotiation and compromise assistance

  • Consultant to faculty on  managing stressors in academia

  • Critical incident debriefing

  • Strategies for managing employee stress

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