Let coaching become your secret weapon to flourish as you finish your dissertation and advance to the next phase of your career.

Do you feel a bit lost without external deadlines?  Do you suffer from writer’s block or inability to focus?  Could you use support in figuring out any of the steps in the whole process?  Is your progress stalled by poor communication from your advisor?  Are you beginning to doubt your ability to finish your dissertation?

If you said “yes” to any of the above, positive psychology coaching could help you recover your momentum and finish your degree.  Just ask my many clients who are now proud to be called “Dr.”  The science of positive psychology combines perfectly with coaching to offer new, solid evidence-based strategies to help you achieve success through enhanced focus and energy.

My nuanced approach also means that you will discover how to enjoy your life while you make progress. Sustainable success means learning to flourish at work, at home, at play, and wherever life takes you. Rest assured that you will not be subjected to passing coaching fads or vacuous cheerleading.  

Ready to get going?  Are you committed to finishing what you started?  For a free consultation to discuss your goals and needs, please contact me to find out more about how Essence Coaching can address your individual needs.

“I assumed, when I started working with Gayle, that she would be, essentially, a deadline-setter: I’d tell her that I wanted to get x, y, and z done this week, and she would hold me to account. This was certainly true: Gayle did hold me accountable for self-imposed deadlines. But my sessions with Gayle did more than that. They opened my mind to a holistic approach to work, one in which care for the self is as important as quantifiable progress on my writing. Ultimately, self-care – and by this phrase, I mean respecting all of one’s commitments, to academic work and otherwise – is a way of respecting the self, and it’s this self-respect that is the ultimate driver of excellent, sustained work in any field.” ~J.M. (History Ph.D. candidate)


Don’t miss  proven tips by Gayle and others for finishing your academic writing faster from the award-winning free e-letter, The All But Dissertation Survival Guide brought to you by MentorCoach.  As editor, I’m proud of the evidence-based tips you will receive twice a month (and in our archives)–and they are not just for graduate students.  If you want to improve your productivity and outlook, subscribe and savor articles like these:

Feel Like a Fraud?  Is the Impostor Syndrome holding you back?  If you struggle with perfectionism, rugged individualism, or juggling too much, take a breather and read this.

What Really Makes Your Procrastinate  Would you rather feel good–or finish and suceed?  Learn why managing your moods may be the best thing for your productivity.

A Simple Plan to Finish Your Dissertation that Really Works  Discover a surprisingly overlooked method of nudging yourself to do what you say matters more often.

Secrets for Staying SANE–and Finishing Your Dissertation Faster  You are the tool that gets the work done.  How good are you at self care?  Get better with these tips.

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It’s Just a Dissertation!  by Denise K. Comer and Barbara G. Garrett.  No matter where you are in the dissertation process, this unique step-by-step workbook will boost your confidence while offering practical suggestions for overcoming external and internal hurdles.

Finish Your Dissertation, Don’t Let it Finish You! by Joanne Broder Sumerson. Practical guide to help you design, conduct, and finish an academic dissertation or thesis with minimal drama, Excellent tips for choosing a smart topic, preparing your lit review, designing your study, and preparing for your defense.

The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol Roberts.  Read this entire guide before you start–then keep it on your desk for continued referencing.  In user-friendly language, this highly experienced graduate professor shares insights, strategies, and handy checklists that will save you time and worry.

Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text by Peg Boyle Singleton.  A highly useful manual for narrowing your topic and getting your manuscript out the door with emphasis on the writing process.

Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change by Timothy Pychyl.  Procrastination is the #1 problem in academia–and this book gives you scientifically grounded ways to overcome it.  A must for those who put things off!

“They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition) by Gerald Graff.  The best-selling book on academic writing.  Identifies key rhetorical moves, explains how to frame arguments in context of existing literature, provides templates, etc..  Chapters for different disciplines.  A terrific guide for writing a lit review that works.