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Welcome to my life coaching site. Here you will find out more about coaching, my background and why coaching would be a good fit for students wishing to be more successful when navigating transitions and the challenges of being a young adult.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Dr. Brian Harke

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach can help you see clearly where your life is right now, create a vision for where you want your life to go, and make a plan to get you to your destination. When your coach has a good understanding of what you want, they will help you, guide you, and facilitate the process of achieving your goals and dreams. They will collaborate with you and provide the support you need.

​A life coach is not a therapist. Life coaches focus primarily on the future and how to help you attain your goals, while therapists focus primarily on the past and how to work through issues such as grief and trauma.


Life coaches do not help with deep rooted psychological problems or mental illnesses, and they cannot prescribe medicine. While the two professions overlap and practitioners may use some similar techniques, a life coach is better suited to help you look to the future and achieve your goals. If you do have a mental illness or disorder, you may want to work with both a counselor and a life coach. 

Why a Life Coach for Young Adults Makes Sense

Today’s young adults face an overwhelming number of major life decisions and transitions. From navigating a classroom, to pursuing a healthy social life, to setting life goals, can be a lot to manage within the span of just a few years. Doing it alone can lead to stress and the feeling of being stuck or lost.

Life coaches help college students deal with the pressures of independence, develop healthy coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, and depression, and promote overall well-being by offering a safe space for students to discuss their concerns and learn effective self-care strategies.


Life coaches support students' personal development and self-discovery by engaging them in reflective exercises and skill-building activities that enhance self-awareness and confidence. They help students identify their values, strengths, and areas for improvement

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4 Key Reasons for Young Adults to Use a Coach:

  1. Planning and goal creation

  2. Navigating classroom and academics

  3. Managing social and emotional challenges

  4. Accountability for personal growth and self-success.

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My name is Dr. Brian Harke

I have been working in the areas of leadership and counseling in both the corporate sector as well as higher education for the past 30 years.


As an Assistant Dean at the University of San Francisco Business School, I helped guide students on paths of success, both in and outside the classroom. I honed my skills when working with hundreds of students while a Dean of Students at the University of Southern California. I was also editor-at-large for the Education section of the Huffington Post.

My leadership and counseling credentials focus on a BA in Communication, from Washington University in St. Louis. Master of Art in Counseling College Students from St. Mary’s College, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of San Francisco (USF).  

At USF, I did research and my dissertation on the transition of college-age students and the social, emotional, and academic challenges students have when trying to succeed. This research and the 30 years of corporate and academic leadership have helped to round out my skills as a Whole-Person Life Coach for students. I bring a wealth of insight into college student success. 

I look forward to speaking with you about your needs and how we can develop a road map for guidance to set new goals to help you succeed in life and school.

Dr. Brian Harke

When I was approaching the end of my high school career, I let my fear and negative thinking take control. Dr. Harke helped me focus on what I truly wanted in life, not what I thought I "should" do. We focused on goals I could look forward to as my freshman year in college approached. With Dr. Harke’s help, I reset my expectations about college life. As I come to the end of my freshman year, I realize how much working with Dr. Harke really did for me. I didn’t feel lost or overwhelmed with college life. I even pulled off a 4.0 GPA. I highly recommend Dr. Harke as a life coach for students.

Alexa Y, CA

Dr. Harke is an intuitive listener and a wonderful supporter who helped me find the answers to my problems from within, encouraging me to live life from my intuition and heart. During my coaching, I experienced my first college rejection letter, but I was able to turn it into a learning opportunity and was admitted to another college that I love. Dr. Harke helped prepare me for the social aspects of college life. Going to a big college felt overwhelming, but we put together a plan to address my fears and found a way to make college what I wanted: a place to feel at home. Dr. Harke is great.
You need to work with him.

Matt W, MO

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