Q: I understand that you offer career counseling. What has your career involved?

A: Quite a lot of different elements! Here's a brief description of my career background, which has involved a widely-branching path:

I grew up in a suburb of New York City, and was a rather nerdy, sensitive, high-strung kid. (To tell you the truth, not much has changed after all these years!)

When I went off to college, I was very focused on the future — including my future career. My plan was to become a entrepreneur and businessman like my father.

I arrived at college and immediately plunged in, launching a graphic design firm in my freshman year and securing a summer business internship in New York City. As my first year of college wound down, I borrowed a few of my father's suits, bought a train pass, and eagerly prepared for corporate Manhattan life.

My first few weeks working in New York were a blast. I was living my dream! But then the drudgery of sitting by myself at a computer, doing repetitive corporate tasks, began to feel draining. And then it became quite depressing. By the end of the summer, it was clear that corporate life wasn't a fit for me.

When I returned to college, I began to seek a new career — and not just a career, but a whole new life path. As I searched, I became interested in philosophy, psychology, and personal growth writings. Perhaps I would find some answers in these realms.

I spent the next few years of college reading voraciously and launcing a number of projects. With a friend, I set up an environmental education program for inner-city kids in Rhode Island. I organized a men's therapy-type group with my roommates. And I began writing — something that I had always loved.

A few of my articles were published during my senior year of college. Then, shortly after graduating, my first book was accepted for publication. I remember feeling so relieved. I had found a new career! When my book was released, it went through several printings and was translated into a variety of foreign languages.

Alas, though, the sales of the book weren't all that great. My publisher dropped the book after a year and wasn't interested in any of my new book proposals. I felt as though I was back at square one. What would I do career-wise?

I decided to join my father's small business, and began to work as a researcher. A few years later, when the internet emerged, I developed our company's website. Building on that, I began to offer consulting services for other businesses.

During the heydey of the dot-com boom, I ran my own technical and human resources consulting firm. Business was robust. But around the year 2000, things began to collapse. The venture capitalists withdrew, my clients went out of business, and then 9/11 shook the New York economy. I decided to try something new at that point — so I set up a publishing company.

One of my first projects was to develop a website focused on spirituality, psychology, and personal growth resources. The site was quite popular, and was featured in several national magazines. Soon thereafter, I began writing again and published several books and dozens of articles.

Around this time, I was exposed to cognitive therapy. I immediately loved it. I had always thought about becoming a psychotherapist and counselor, but the standard Freudian/Rogerian approaches never interested me. Cognitive therapy, by contrast, was so active and interesting! And it had a large body of research supporting its efficacy.

I moved from the metro New York area to Boulder, Colorado, and enrolled in a counseling psychology graduate program. I now offer sliding-scale cognitive therapy and career counseling services in the Boulder and Denver areas. I also continue to do human resources consulting work. And I write extensively.

So you can see that I have had a very eclectic career path, one with many branches. It has been challenging at times — but also very growth-producing. One of the reasons I enjoy career counseling is that many people have similiarly unique paths. It's always a delight to see where the journey leads.

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