California Licensed Psychologist 17287

Elayne Chou, Ph.D.

Professional Growth

What is the right career path for me?  How do I transition to where I want to be professionally?  How can I balance work and life priorities successfully?  How do I build and manage relationships in the workplace?  How can I ensure my career remains rewarding to me? 


If you find yourself asking similar questions, I can help.  At heart, choosing a career is giving yourself permission to be who you are.  Whether you are new to the working world or have worked for many years and are taking another look at where your interests have evolved, it takes courage and strength to do the work of self-discovery that enables you to make your best career choices. 


Having said that, I also believe the process of self-exploration is a lot of fun and very freeing too.  In your work with me you will find you gain knowledge about yourself, information and knowledge about the world of work, and wisdom to make decisions about your career journey.  I help you develop strategies to address and enhance your current work situation and can also help you develop and evaluate new career options. 


You will find that my style is a good balance of action-oriented and structured exercises to help you identify and understand your interests, skills, values, personality, and career goals, along with support and encouragement of your efforts.  I tailor my work with each client to your unique needs.  You may benefit from just one session to tackle a specific issue or you may want a series of sessions to address your career needs in more depth. 


Career services I offer:

Assessments for Career Direction and Career Development

Career-related assessments allow my clients to have an objective view of their strengths and options.  The assessment process provides valuable data and/or feedback so that you will feel more confident and clear about your career direction and goals.  I will gather information about you and your work history, as well as your life goals.  Understanding who you are as a whole person is critical to helping you integrate career and life goals.  We will then decide which assessments will be most useful for providing helpful information, whether you are seeking to learn more about your personality, leadership qualities, career interests, skills, needs, values, or motivators.  We can also gather 360 data that can be used to guide your career and skill development goals.  I am qualified and experienced in administering and interpreting the most effective tests for career-related assessment and can offer tests in multiple languages.  These assessments include:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • SkillScan
  • California Personality Inventory
  • Wonderlic
  • Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal
  • Personality Research Form-E
  • Numerical Critical Reasoning

Career Coaching and Counseling

I provide confidential, one-on-one sessions to help you with your career issues and goals.  These sessions can be used to help you explore options for making a career change, brainstorm ways to help you overcome fears or other obstacles to making changes, learn how to network, prepare for informational interviews or job interviews, or develop your career management skills and competencies.  Some of the career management skills I have helped people develop include:

  • Networking and Relationship-Building
  • Communication, Presentation, and Listening
  • Influencing and Organizational Savvy
  • Managing Employees
  • Team Leadership
  • Managing Workplace Conflict

Organizational Consulting on Career Development Topics

I am available to work with organizations on your employee career development needs.  I am an experienced workshop trainer and facilitator, having worked with organizations of all sizes, from small non-profits to large government, educational, and corporate clients.  A sample of the workshops and programs I have designed and delivered include:

  • Introduction to Career Development Planning
  • Enhancing Communication and Feedback Effectiveness
  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Coaching & Mentoring Employees for Career Development
  • Parents Returning to the Workforce:  Managing Work/Life Balance
  • Why You’re Perfect for Networking as an Introvert:  Secrets to Tapping Your Strengths
  • Emotional Intelligence for Your Career
  • Using the Myers-Briggs to Understand Personality’s Impact on Career Development
  • Career Values & Skills Assessment



Empowering clients to create fulfilling and thriving lives and careers