Laura Hofmann, M.A., NCC

Nationally Certified Counselor: Careers & Women/Mothers

Laura Hofmann is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling & Guidance from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo . Her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology was conferred by University of California, Berkeley . Her career in education and guidance spans over ten years, more than half spent exclusively in adult and youth employment services at: UC Berkeley, Ohlone Community College, City of Santa Maria, CA, and FederalWorkforce Investment Act program (WIA), in conjunction with Regional Workforce Development boards. She has successfully worked with clients of all ages, educational levels, and industries; conducting hundreds of individual and group based sessions and workshops both public and private. She administers and interprets Meyers-Briggs, Strong, O*Net, and Choices career assessments. Her recent projects include presenting at the San Diego State University Women's Conference, creating and leading a Career Relaunch Workshop series for mothers and teaching Career Exploration courses at the Community College level.

Laura employs an eclectic assortment of solution-based , cognitive-behavioral , Socratic , experiential ,and client-centered counseling methods. She borrows from classical and mainstream counseling techniques as well as more alternative approaches that incorporate concepts such as mindfulness and intuition. Her work is grounded in strengths-based positive psychology . She is constantly updating her skills by attending professional development events and staying current with the latest news and research concerning labor market,economic trends,technology and developments in the counseling profession.

“At the heart of my work is the belief that we are all lifelong learners. The more comfortable we are with the idea that we will never know all there is to know…the more we can move past fear, doubt, insecurity, and self imposed barriers to really grow personally and professionally. I believe that we generate positive action in our lives by becoming more aware of our perceptions and decision-making processes, and choosing to make a habit out of new behaviors.”

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