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Core Themes Methodology

Initial Consultation

Usually lasts between one and one and a half hours. No charge!  The interview can be conducted in our office or over the phone.  Call (866) 353-3523 today for a free consultation, or fill out the “Get Started” form on the top right of this page.

Phase 1

A personal and professional examination: The key objective of Phase 1 is to help you know and understand yourself at a deeper level than you now do. Phase 1 consists of two critical building blocks that provide the foundation for identifying your CoreThemes.

Building Block 1: We believe that each person is unique, and therefore, their personal history is unique. Each client’s personal history is recorded in great detail. We start our discussion by having you tell us where you were born, about your early childhood years, family make-up, the personalities of your parents and siblings, etc. We believe that the early years, your foundation, often provide important clues to helping you discover how you got to be the person you are today. The history taking continues, and we gather information about your adolescent years and your education. We want to know what sort of kid you were and how you thought of yourself when you were just 16 years of age. And we progress through all the stages of your life right up to the present time, examining your college and young adult years and your professional history.

Building Block 2: The second component to Phase 1 includes a comprehensive assessment. You are administered approximately 12 different tests, questionnaires and various instruments designed to examine you from several perspectives, as shown in Fig.1 below. A thorough analysis and discussion of the assessment findings provides more insight into your key areas of strength, personally and professionally as shown on the diagram below:

Motivational profile

Time involved in Phase 1: Approximately three meetings lasting two to three hours each over a period of two weeks.

Result: We now have a volume of data both objective and subjective covering nearly every aspect of your life and career. The formal assessment has provided objective data as to your strengths and limitations. The foundation for the work ahead has been formed.

Phase 2

Going deeper — written exercises: The exercises are designed to have you reflect on what you value most in your life. They require you to seriously examine two of life’s most important questions. The responses to these questions form the basis for discovering and defining your CoreThemes. During these exercises, we ask you to put aside your practical concerns and think about your life free of the everyday realities.

Time involved in Phase 2: Approximately three meetings lasting two hours each over a period of two weeks.

Result: We now have a body of data that points to your strongest beliefs, interests and values––what you want your life to count for when all is said and done!

Phase 3

Discovering your unique CoreThemes: Now that we have done an exhaustive examination of what you believe are the critical and important elements of your life and have an objective assessment of your personality, abilities, interests, Emotional Intelligence, underlying needs and your acquired knowledge and experience, we are ready to create the first draft of your CoreThemes. Generally, it takes several drafts to come up with your actual CoreThemes. At this stage, significant family members are brought into the process in order to get their input and commitment to your Core Themes.

Time involved in Phase 3: Approximately two to three meetings lasting two hours each over a period of two weeks.

Result: You now have your “unique roadmap” to guide you in making the best decisions in your life and career.

Phase 4

The Plan: Knowing your CoreThemes doesn’t always immediately get you to where you want to go. You need a realistic plan, a sound strategy and the ability to execute if you expect to find true purpose and meaning in your life and career.

Time involved in Phase 4: Approximately two meetings lasting two hours each over a period of one to two weeks. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed to provide guidance and direction and to evaluate your progress in carrying out your plan.

Result: A practical plan and strategy giving you confidence and direction to go forward to fulfill your CoreThemes.