Dr. Colleen's Story
From as far back as I can remember, I felt a calling to help others. It led me to pursue a B.A. in Psychology and while I was in college, to serve as a Therapeutic Assistant for teens in foster care experiencing emotional and behavioral issues.
Serving as a confidant and mentor for these teens during a difficult time of their lives solidified my passion for the helping professions and I went on to get my doctorate in Counseling Psychology. My own experiences dealing with and overcoming anxiety, panic attacks, and low self-esteem further enhanced my dedication to helping others.
For the last 20 years, I've been working to help others achieve their emotional well-being, personal growth, and career development goals. I had an extensive career in higher education administration providing personal, academic, and career counseling to undergraduate and graduate students, where I ultimately served as Director for two federally-funded programs that promoted the success of first-generation college students. I also worked as a therapist for a non-profit organization for women in crisis.
Since I began my coaching business in 2008, I've been helping my clients achieve greater happiness in their personal and professional lives. I also run the Sayreville Public Library Contagious Optimism Wellness Group, and facilitate personal, career, and staff development workshops. Additionally, I teach Counseling Psychology and Women’s Leadership courses part-time at my two alma maters—the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and Douglass College.
I received my Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University, am a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Psychologist, Certified Professional Life Coach, Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, and hold over a dozen certifications in life and career coaching, résumé writing, job search, and leadership development.
I'm author of the international best-selling book, RESCRIPT the Story You’re Telling Yourself: The Eight Practices to Quiet Your Inner Antagonist, Amplify Your Inner Advocate, & Author a Limitless Life. I'm also a co-author of ten self-help books, including Contagious Optimism, Midlife Transformations, 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, and have work featured in the Gallery of Best Resumes 5th Edition. I've written articles in two scholarly psychology journals, blog for the Huffington Post, and have been featured in various media including LiveHappy, Mashable, Aspire Magazine, TheJobNetwork, InspireMeToday, RewireMe, DailyWorth, PRNewsWire, New Jersey Family, Care.com, and The Trenton Times.
I live in New Jersey with my husband, 10-year-old son, and two cats. My family is the center of my world, I love animals, and am endlessly passionate about spreading as much happiness, kindness, and positivity as possible.
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Rutgers University
Masters in Counseling Psychology, Rutgers University
Bachelors in Psychology, Rutgers University
Licensure & Certification
Certified Professional Life Coach, ICBCH
NJ Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Psychologist, NAMP
Certified Professional Career Coach, PARW/CC
Certified Job Loss Recovery Coach, WCI
Certified JobsOver50/Boomer Authority Career Coach
Certified Professional in Online Job Search & Reputation Management, CDI
Certified Professional Résumé Writer, PARW/CC
Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, TCI
Certified Anxiety Specialist, NACBT
Certified Professional NLP Practitioner, ICBCH
Distance Credentialed Counselor, CCE
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, PDA
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist, AATBS
Certified Time Management Consultant, ER
Rock Your Feminine Type™ Certified Coach
Science of Happiness Certificate of Completion, GGSC-UC-Berkeley
Coaching & Mentoring Certificate, CCMS, Inc.
Career Coaching Intensive Certificate, NACE
Management Development Program, Rutgers University
Business Supervisor Certificate, Rutgers University
Supervisor Development Program, Rutgers University
Leadership Development Certificate, Rutgers University