Life throws many obstacles in our way. Often the difficulties we face are not psychological but merely a result of the complicated world in which we live.

To overcome these difficulties, we need guidance and mentoring rather than psychotherapy. Guidepost is skilled at providing coaching that is action-oriented and practical.

What is Coaching?

Coaching is an investment in your future and your potential. Coaching focuses on present needs and on obtaining goals in a timely manner. It is designed to help people find their vision and reach their potential.

Coaching at Guidepost is grounded in relationships that are highlighted by support, encouragement, and constructive feedback. Clients work with Charles Berry, the founder of Guidepost, to identify and achieve goals. Charles Berry helps individuals develop the skills needed to make personal or professional transitions, to thrive in graduate programs, or to negotiate changing work environments. Charles Berry works with a variety of individuals, meeting them where they are at in order to help them develop a strategic life plan, to take active steps in achieving their goals, and to maximize their potential.

Charles Berry works from a strength-based model and uses principles of positive psychology. His goal is to help individuals tap into their resources to meet their personal goals. He uses his understanding of emotional intelligence to help individuals increase their understanding of themselves and their relationships to others.

Coaching fosters professional and personal development, and is not for someone whose behaviors, thoughts, and emotions are best addressed through psychotherapy or counseling. Coaching is not a form of psychotherapy or counseling and is therefore not covered by insurance.

Guidepost offers personal coaching, professional coaching, and graduate student coaching.

Personal Coaching

Throughout life, individuals are faced with transition and change. Whether it is a transition we desire or one that is forced upon us, it can disrupt our lives. The transition could be personal or career focused. Coaching at Guidepost can help individuals embrace change, clarify desired responses to challenges, and take action. Through coaching you can learn to slow down, look at the decisions you face from various angles, and become mindful about the choices you make. You will begin to be more self-reflective and purposeful in your journey. You can overcome roadblocks, become more successful, and more satisfied with your life and the transitions you make. If you are dealing with a career transition, Guidepost offers vocational testing, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory, and other tests.

Coaching for Graduate Students

Surviving and thriving in graduate school is no easy task. Demands are great, the financial cost is high, and the learning curve is steep. Whether you are in an MBA program, professional degree program, or other academic program, graduate school can wreak havoc with your life balance. Guidepost Center for Personal Development can help in three areas: 1) it can help you thrive in your graduate program; 2) it can prepare you to develop interpersonal skills to help you advance quickly in your academic program and your career; and 3) it can help you find personal fulfillment by increasing your self-understanding and self-awareness. In terms of getting through your academic program, coaching get help you balance your personal life with your school and career. It can teach you how to manage your stress and learn new ways to cope. It can help you stay focused on your educational goals, while utilizing your strengths and values.

Coaching for Professionals

Coaching can help you find focus within your profession, decide the next step to take in your career, or learn leadership skills to become a better manager or administrator. It can help you increase your understanding of people and increase you interpersonal skills, thus helping you manage more effectively and utilize people’s strengths to meet your company/department goals. It can help you work to your full potential and tap into your creative energy. You can become better organized and clarify your goals. It can enhance your motivation as well as help you motivate your direct reports. You can learn how to resolve conflicts in a productive way. It can help you understand individual differences and capitalize on diversity. You can also learn to improve your Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) and capitalize on strengths to foster career advancement.

In your personal life, you can learn how to develop better personal relationships while still remaining successful in a career. By understanding the relationship between your mind, body, and spirit, you can develop ways to keep growing in all three areas.



“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

-Annie Dillard