Vocational Coaching

For people listening to that still, quiet voice within…

Are you asking:

  • What part of my work needs to be transformed?
  • What “role” still calls out to me?
  • Others seek me out as a wisdom figure at work (I’m approaching retirement in a few years). How does this reshape my approach to work?
  • What is the story of my work life that is emerging?


I found Debbie at a time when my fifteen year job was growing stale but I still had a chunk of life to go before retirement. I was at a stage of fatigue and frustrated ambition. Debbie offered gifts of deep listening and creative accompaniment that gave me the space I needed to mourn what was unrealized while imagining a new future based on my gifts and strengths.

What I needed in this time of transition was help in “holding the space” so as not to grow too resentful about the present, nor too hopeless about an unknown future. Debbie listened with the heart of a poet, attentive to shadow, metaphor, and image. This quality, along with her willingness to share important parts of her own story, helped me not only feel heard, but also to see and understand my situation in new ways.

Debbie served as a vocational midwife as I struggled through the difficult passage from one line of work to another. I would recommend her to anyone asking, “What’s next for me?”


Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you….”

Parker Palmer,
Let Your Life Speak

Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about—quite apart from what I would like it to be about—or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions… That insight is hidden in the word vocation itself, which is rooted in the Latin for “voice”. Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear.

Parker Palmer,
Let Your Life Speak