Spotlight Series: Meet Life and Career Coach Chelsey Brooke

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Chelsey Brooke, professional mental health counselor and life & career coach for introverted women. I earned my Master’s Degree in counseling and have been a lifelong student of personal development and success mindset strategies. As an introvert and INFJ, I have a personal and professional understanding of what it takes to forge your own path and thrive as an authentic individual, despite the world’s misunderstanding of this unique personality type.

Growing up, I experienced many of the challenges common to introverts. I often felt awkward and out of place during social situations and didn’t understand the anxiety that came from making small talk or being in large groups. Friends and family members mislabeled me as shy, withdrawn, reserved, and boring. I often received advice about how I should just get out of my shell or “just be myself”.

But, as fate would have it, I discovered that I wasn’t any of the things that others had said about me: I was simply an introvert. After starting college at the age of 16, I majored in Psychology and Sociology, where I dove deep into the introvert temperament and learned the best ways to work with my unique personality. I went on to graduate with a 4.0 in graduate school and earned my Masters in Counseling.

I began practicing as a professional counselor and further honed my knowledge and skill set in personal development and positive psychology. I also started coaching introverted women to uncover their true path and passion and taught them the unique mindset strategies they would need to embrace who they are to create a career and lifestyle they truly love.

Currently, I work one-on-one with introverted women who are ready to find their passion and live in a way that’s authentically and unapologetically true to who they are and what they want!

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

My VERY first job goes back to my roots – I was raised on a farm and grew up bottle feeding 14 calves! I had several jobs on the farm, from putting up fences to planting a garden to baling hay! A few of my other jobs include being a sales clerk, teaching assistant, and caregiver.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

Deciding on my career and passion has been a process. I’ve always enjoyed understanding people and why they think, believe, and act the way they do. This naturally led me to a career in the counseling field, where I worked with a variety of ages, backgrounds and needs. Within the counseling field, I specialize in treating anxiety and building people’s self-worth and self-esteem by reframing the way they view themselves and their strengths. Although I’ve enjoyed working with each individual, I realized I had a specific passion for helping introverted women discover their most authentic life & career path and to create a success mindset to help them set and achieve their biggest goals and dreams. Needless to say, this wasn’t an easy process, so I’ve learned from experience what it takes to go from confused, overwhelmed and frustrated to energized, motivated and inspired!

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

Great questions! The best advice I would give to my younger self would be to do what you want to do NOW. The path to getting anywhere is filled with challenges and setbacks, so why not pursue what you TRULY want, instead of doing what you think you should do or picking the most practical route. You’ll always work harder for what you really want, so getting clear on that and pursuing it with everything you have is the best way to go. The best career advice I’ve ever received is to not be afraid to reach out to those who have more experience or knowledge than you do. When I first started out, I felt like everyone knew so much more than me and I was in way over my head. But the only way to learn is to ask. Everyone starts somewhere and you have to be willing to do some things you’re not comfortable with to create the life you want. As the saying goes, “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone”.

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

Professionally, I hope to continue coaching introverted women to uncover their true passion and to help them see the real value in being exactly who they are. I also intend to write a book for introverts! Personally, I’d love to include more travel in my routine and see what it’s like to live out west!

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