My passion has always been to better understand human behavior – why people think and act the way they do.
I am committed to helping clients reach their optimal levels of life satisfaction and career success. By shifting your thinking and making slight changes in your behavior, you can experience a positive and long lasting effect on your life and your career. Many of us were not provided guidance on how to take control of our professional lives, in pursuit of greater balance and improvement. Therefore, you may accept the areas in your life where you feel unfulfilled, instead of working toward positive change. Being a therapist and career coach is my way to bring more light into the world and to give my clients the tools and confidence they need to improve themselves and experience fulfillment and success in all aspects of their lives. Balancing life and career is difficult, but it is possible to achieve harmony and create greater satisfaction and happiness, both personally and professionally.
I appreciate how stressful it is to feel like the career decisions or challenges you are facing may make or break your career, and possibly negatively alter your life.
And the higher you rise, the more stressful decisions you face. When you are in a C-Suite role or aspiring for an executive position, you face unique pressures associated with such high-level roles. Having served in C-Suite and executive roles, including as the Chief Diversity Officer of a large public college in the Northeast and as the Director of the Graduate Student Career Development Center at New York University, I understand the challenges you face at all levels of your professional career. I provide a wide variety of tools and techniques that you can use to thrive in your executive role, enhancing your leadership and ensuring career success.
Even if you are not currently seeking an executive role, but are exploring a career change or career advancement, I have helped thousands of clients identify their strengths, develop career management skills and respond to professional challenges.
We aren’t taught how to choose the right career or how to manage it when we find it, and many of us feel stuck or unable to influence our career direction. With professional support and coaching, however, you can see that there is a path to success, career satisfaction and a higher quality of life. As a part of this journey, I will help you develop or strengthen the communication, leadership and relationship management skills you will need throughout your career. Additionally, I assist many clients in dealing with anxiety issues that keep them from performing optimally or reaching for greater professional opportunities. It is always exciting to see my clients experience an “Aha” moment or to recognize their ability to take charge of their lives. This is the reason I am so passionate about my work.
In our sessions, I will help you to feel personally and professionally understood. Your satisfaction – or dissatisfaction – at work has an impact on your personal life and relationships – just as your interactions at home tend to impact your productivity in the office.
Your career also plays a major role in your ability to take time and connect with important people in your life. As such, it is important to find work-life balance and a career where you feel satisfied.
I believe we should all be able to use our gifts, no matter what challenges or disadvantages we may have faced. And, to this end, when I’m not at the office I am constantly working toward self-improvement through my love of reading and by working out, including my new-found interest in running. I also spend a great deal of time working in the community, raising awareness of the importance of mental health in our day to day functioning and how culture influences our behavior and professional opportunities. I recently had the privilege of serving as the President of the New York Association of Black Psychologists, and led a campaign to increase awareness of the importance of mental wellness in our everyday lives. It is a joy and a privilege to work with my clients and to watch their wonderful growth and development.
Forbes Coaches Council recently accepted Richard Orbé-Austin as a member. The Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only community for the world’s leading business, career, and executive coaches. Members contribute their expertise to Forbes™ and other leading publications on issues related to career advancement, leadership development, change management, and employee engagement. Forbes Coaches Council’s members engage in community dialogues to explore innovative approaches to assist clients in achieving their career goals.