Kellin Defiel, M.S., NCC
As a recruiter and human resources specialist I was fascinated by the process that individuals go through in making career related decisions and plans. Now as a career counselor I love being part of that process, helping my clients gain insights, develop workable plans and achieve their goals. My recruitment and H.R. experience and other varied work experiences, in for- and non-profit companies and government, in temporary, contract and regular positions, have helped to inform and shape my counseling skills. My own career path wasn’t always clear to me. Finding what I really want to do was a journey of self-discovery that has been invaluable in understanding, counseling and coaching others.
My clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds and situations, including those with little experience in the job market and those who have been downsized or whose long-time industries are disappearing. I have worked with people in transition after life-changing experiences, such as divorce, death of partner, illness and disability, as well as with people in recovery and ex-offenders trying to obtain their first jobs out of prison. Whether your needs are to resolve an immediate work-related problem or to identify long-term career goals and craft a plan, or something in between, I would love to help.
I work with my clients to identify and examine behavioral, emotional and cognitive factors that may inhibit or enhance their progress. We also look at environmental influences, such as family situations, support systems and resources. And at the range of their experiences, interests, values, skills and temperament factors that are vital in making career choices. I use vocational assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs when these are appropriate. My goal is always to help clients, whatever their needs, to craft a plan that makes sense and that is do-able.
Education and certification
- National Certified Counselor, Certificate #308369, National Board for Certified Counselors
- Masters in Counseling, specialty in Career Counseling, San Francisco State University
- Bachelor of Science, Journalism, California State University, Northridge