About Marilyn

I’m passionate about helping you live your best life – both professionally and personally.
I believe there is always a solution, or at least some way to improve a situation or ease stress. In my work of 24+ years, I’ve coached students, executives, career changers, entrepreneurs, and back-to-work professionals of all kinds, to achieve career satisfaction. I provide genuine caring, business savvy and personalized resources, to help you build a realistic plan for success.

“I utilize an integrative process customized for your individual style and goals, with a flexible step-by-step process and practical strategies you can apply immediately.”

Resources available for you:

  • Written checklists, exercises and guides – included in your meeting fee.
  • Skills coaching with optional “check-ins” to support your progress – included in your meeting fee.
  • Ability, interest and personality assessments for students and adults.
  • Coaching and techniques to manage challenges that may be getting in your way, such as LD, ADHD, or emotional issues.

Because I believe “everything is connected,” I use a holistic approach. Whether you’re dealing with a career decision, a difficult relationship, or a learning, emotional or medical issue, each of these issues impacts the others. A holistic approach offers a big-picture viewpoint of how issues naturally interconnect in our lives. The advantage of this viewpoint is that new possibilities for solutions can emerge that might not have been evident by considering each issue in isolation. This is why I’ve undertaken education and training in numerous practice areas that include career counseling, executive coaching, mental health counseling, couples counseling, ADHD coaching and others – so I can be a resource for you, whatever your challenge, with the benefit of a “whole person” perspective.**

Education/Certifications: Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor; Master Career Counselor, National Career Development Association; National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors; M.S. in Counseling, National Louis University; M.A. in Human Resource Development, Webster University; B.A. in Education, Northeastern Illinois University; Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/MBTI and Strong Interest and Skills Confidence Inventory, Consulting Psychology Press; Certified in Highlands Ability Battery, The Highlands Company; Certified Coaching Instructor, Achieve Global; CHADD Certified Volunteer Teacher Parent2Parent Program (for ADHD), CHADD; Gottman Couples Method I, Gottman Institute; Collaborative Divorce Coach, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Trained Divorce Mediator, Northwestern University.

Background: I started my practice in 1998, with career and life coaching services for adults. With additional education and training, I began providing counseling to adults 18 years and older, and also couples. Notable honors include: guest career consultant on Fox TV’s Good Day Chicago & NBC TV’s Starting Over; quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business, Tribune’s Employment Outlook, Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine (and tcwmag.com), Make It Better Magazine, and ACA’s Counseling Today. Prior to starting my practice, I served as: Director of Training for McCormick Place/Navy Pier, Manager for Coldwell Banker, Director of Professional Development for the North Shore Board, Certified Associate for Lee Hecht Harrison and junior high teacher for Schechter Middle School. Additional roles: recruiter, corporate training consultant and freelance writer.

Professional Memberships: American Counseling Association, Illinois Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, Higher Education Consultants Association, Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group, Children and Adults with Attention and Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Associate Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the International, Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education.

I adhere to my professional codes of ethics, including not practicing dual agency or out of my areas of expertise.


Contact Marilyn Fettner, LCPC, MCC, NCC
847-831-0079 or Marilyn@FettnerCareerConsulting.com
Work Happy. Live Happy. Be Happy.
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