Testimonials for

Judy Kaplan Baron, Ph.D.

Master Career Counselor

Nationally Certified Career Counselor 

Marriage & Family Therapist

Registered Professional Career Counselor


"Judy is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing finds in my life.  Right before I met her, I quit my job and took a year-long trip around the world.  I returned to the States with a fresh perspective on life and an eagerness to find a more meaningful career than the one I had left behind. Luckily I found Judy to guide me.  Judy was able to quickly identify what fields I was best suited for.  After only a few sessions, I was on track to a new career in a field that is perfectly matched with my interests, values, and natural strengths.  Beyond helping me self-actualize in my work life, Judy's coaching and guidance has been instrumental in helping me meet my other life goals.  I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a no-nonsense approach to finding the right career, unleashing potential, and maximizing personal growth."

-- B. Stumme, San Diego, CA

"There have been three very critical times during my 25 year career when I needed the assistance of a professional career counselor. Fortunately for me, I was introduced to Judy Kaplan Baron very early in my career and each and every time I've needed her it was critical and she's delivered!  The best analogy I can use to describe this process is that having Judy in your career corner is like having an auto mechanic on retainer:  When your car is running rough... you take it to your mechanic. The mechanic diagnoses the issue and adjusts the idle so that your car runs smoothly as you drive down the road.

However, the major difference being that when your career is running roughly...Judy doesn't just adjust your "career idle" by herself. Instead, she partners with clients, empowering them to diagnose the problems, and figure out what the critical issues are. She then oversees the steps that clients need to take to be successful professionally, ensuring that careers runs smoothly for years to come.  Working with Judy was an "investment in myself" and a significant factor in my professional success over the last 25 years!" 

- D. Draz

You coached me this past February just prior to my promotion board interviews.  There were 50 other officers applying for the position.  Using the techniques you taught me I place number one on the list ... Thank you so much for your efficiency in the short amount of time we had. 
-A.M. 11/1/10


"If you need someone who can give timely, experienced and honest advice on how to sell yourself in a highly competitive job hunting market,turn to Judy. I met with her the day prior to an interview and walked away 300 times more prepared for what was to come. In one hour, she focused on my physical and verbal cues to develop a stronger candidate. The next day, I was able to relax to build the rapport I needed for a really great interview.  Thanks Judy!"  -Christopher M. 5/17/11

"The medical school admissions process is complex, challenging, competitive, and both mentally and physically exhausting.  Dr. Baron's guidance was invaluable in helping me get into one of my top choices for medical school.  I was so incredibly nervous about how to properly approach the interviews.  I was a candidate with great extracurriculars and I graduated from Stanford University with an excellent GPA.  Nonetheless, I was clueless about articulating my application and the themes obvious in my background during an interview.  

Dr. Baron knew me better than I knew myself!  She took the time and initiative to familiarize herself with my personal statements and my life experiences.  We thoroughly discussed interview etiquette and more than 150 possible questions - I was ready for anything!  I walked out of my real interviews smiling, confident, and thankful I had Dr. Baron on my team.  I will be attending the medical school of Brown University in the fall and I would not have accomplished this without Dr. B!"  -- Lindsey N.  (11/15/10)
Just when I had about given up hope and could not see any light at the end of the tunnel I found you.  You gave me solutions when I could not seem to find any.  You didn't beat around the bush were straight and honest with me and its exactly what I needed.  Using your own life experiences showed me you were a real person not just a typical therapist going through the motions.  You taught me to pull on my inner strength and so I was able to transfer my daughter schools, say no without guilt and release some of the resentments I carried for my ex husband!  Because of your honesty in dealing with me I was able to believe when you told me I did the right thing.  Thank you for all you did to pull me out of the darkness. 
- Cynthia H. 8/25/10

"The presentation (interviewing) skills she taught us were extremely valuable.  Two of us resulted in placing #1 and #2 in the (promotional interview) process.  We were ... promoted to the rank of Captain.  We ... strongly believe that we would not have been successful had we not received the assistance of Judy Kaplan Baron."                    

 -- M. Aranda, Ventura County (CA) Sheriff's Department


"I enthusiastically recommend Judy for her professional advice.  She has been able to distill years of experience and provide assertive insight into my career decision making.  She is able to illustrate important career principles with simplicity and wisdom.  Judy shares her wealth of experiences effectively and fruitfully.  Thank you Judy for your advice". 

-- CMH

"In all my experience with you I have found you accurate, honest and objective. You are professional, yet friendly. An authority without being an "authority figure. " I have come to trust you and your skills, in my career and marriage.  Both my husband and I depend on you to guide us through the hard  times that can happen to individuals in a committed relationship.  You listen equally to each of us, you show no bias.  Your counseling makes it possible for me to help myself. You  challenge me and question me. You help me visualize my dreams and  needs, my "brass ring". You encourage me to be my best -- hard work but  very worthwhile.  My thoughts and dreams are on a higher plane thanks to your counsel.

My husband trusts you as a counselor. He has seen dozens of 
colleagues promoted as a result of working with you on their careers.  You are the "go to" counselor for the San Diego City Firefighters.  In  relationship counseling, he understands the factual information you  provide. He doesn't work well with "how do you feel" type questions.  When he unders
tands, he succeeds.

Thank you for being such a down to earth, results oriented,  dependable, career and MFCC guide. I am a better person because you have been there for me.

- J. Griffin, San Diego, CA

"What can I say about the lady who helped me out of my depression?  I had been unemployed for over 6 months and was just lost.  I had seen two counselors before her and it just didn't help much.  Judy Kaplan Baron is the one who got me on track and coached me into a new position which really works for me.  Besides being a highly competent professional, she really cares about the people she works with.  If you're looking for help, it doesn't get much better than this."

-- B. Marks,  Encinitas, CA


"I was referred to Judy by a friend who said she helped him turn his life around.  Personally, I was beyond frustrated with my career.  I was skeptical but willing to give it a try.  Boy, am I glad I did!  Judy helped me figure out what I really wanted, suggested a great new direction and was instrumental in helping me get there.  She is truly amazing.  She was there for me when I needed her and her guidance was invaluable.  Since, then, she's been a great resource for me whenever issues come up and I need/want her opinion or advice.  I've used her to help resolve on-the-job and personal issues as well.  She's a great combination of career counselor, coach and therapist.  She's been a great find and I hope she never retires!  Without hesitation, I highly recommend her."

-- L. Torres, San Diego, CA
"I am super excited about my job offer ...  I know without a doubt that I wouldn't have the job if it weren't for your expertise and support.  You helped me in so many ways.  I became more comfortable with selling myself, and I even found myself using a lot of your phrases verbatim!  You made me believe in my skills and present myself in a way that made me competitive enough to secure interviews.  With your help, I turned the news of my company's planned layaoffs into an opportunity to finally find the job I really wanted.  I am forever grateful for the outstanding services and will actively (already do) recommend you to anyone looking for, not just a job, but the job they really want.  I plan on utilizing your services at every critical juncture in my career as I make my way up the corporate ladder.  Please consider me another happy customer!
-- T. Denham (4/20/11)


Contact Information

Contact Judy Kaplan Baron at (858) 558-7400 or