Dr. LaRae Jome photo

LaRae Jome, Ph.D., LP

ABOUT ME:
I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in career and work issues.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
B.A. in Psychology and English, Marquette University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Owner/Psychologist, Work & Life Directions PLC
Professor, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, State University of New York at Albany

LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST:
Minnesota (LP5850)
New York (015031)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
American Psychological Association
National Career Development Association
Minnesota Career Development Association

MISSION

To support and empower people to create satisfying working and personal lives


 

VALUES

Interconnectedness
understanding the interrelatedness of work (paid and unpaid) with other parts of your life

Adaptability
increasing your capacity to be flexible and adapt to the constantly changing world

Wellness
creating health and balance in the whole person                                                        

Empowerment
inspiring you to make work and life decisions that fit your life and help you live your purpose

HISTORY OF WORK & LIFE DIRECTIONS, PLC

My passion is helping people create and maintain satisfying lives, including their working lives. Work is an important part of our lives - whether that work is paid or unpaid (such as caretaking or volunteering) – and influences our overall emotional health and well-being.

For the first part of my professional career, I focused this passion into my teaching, research, and clinical supervision. For 15 years I was an associate professor in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the State University of New York at Albany. After moving back to the Midwest, I joined the core faculty in the PsyD in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. My research focused on career development and decision making, work transitions, and the influence of contextual factors such as gender and race on career choice. I trained and mentored future psychologists and counselors, teaching graduate courses in Vocational Assessment and Career Counseling, Psychological Assessment, Counseling Skills, and Counseling Immigrants and Refugees. I provided clinical supervision to doctoral and master's students and chaired over 35 dissertation projects.

While I enjoyed my years as an academic psychologist, I wanted more time to focus on my clinical work. I was often asked by students and other professionals for recommendations for career counseling providers, and it was difficult to find practitioners who had the expertise or availability.

I opened my private practice, Work & Life Directions PLC, in 2016 to focus on providing career counseling services and personal counseling services. In 2019 I made the final step in my career transition and (mostly) retired from teaching in order to focus all of my energies on private practice.

My practice specializes in issues people encounter as they develop their career paths and create their working lives, such as career exploration, work transitions, job searching, resume development, interviewing, job burnout, preparing for retirement, and work/life balance.

I also provide general psychotherapy services for issues related to life transitions, stress, depression, relationship concerns, self-esteem, sexual orientation, gender identity, and anxiety.