Our goal is to help you stay balanced while pursuing your doctorate so that you can enjoy the process of researching and writing – and to improve your chances of earning your degree. We want you to look back on this time in your life with fondness and be proud of your accomplishments, including the ability to be focused and productive while staying balanced.


We are committed to supporting you on an emotional level while helping you to reach your goal of finishing your dissertation and attaining your doctorate. We are also committed to maintaining your confidentiality so that you have the peace of mind to express yourself freely.


The Doctoral Support Team offers academic coaching for doctoral students from all disciplines. Focused on helping doctoral students succeed, I can function as both an academic coach and a dissertation coach.


As academic coaches, we can help you:

  • Identify your strengths as a scholar and feel more confident

  • Establish work-life balance

  • Overcome potential barriers to your success, including anxiety, writer’s block, perfectionism, procrastination, “imposter’s syndrome”, time management, etc.

  • Develop strategies for dealing with the pressures of academic life (e.g. practicing mindfulness, relaxation techniques, stress management, etc.)

  • Understanding your working style and the personal writing strategy that is most effective for you

  • Brainstorm possible future employment options

  • Strengthen your research skills

  • Prepare for oral presentations and comprehensive examinations


In addition to providing all these services, as dissertation coaches we can help you:

  • Develop a feasible timeline and meet deadlines that you set

  • Identify your research interests and possible dissertation topics, chapter topics, etc.

  • Ensure that your proposal and dissertation topic have a coherent structure

  • Develop the tools for effectively communicating with your supervisor and committee members and for incorporating their feedback

  • Prepare for the dissertation defense


As your coaches, we will NOT:

  • Write for you or provide previously written dissertation material

  • Do anything unethical or involve you in anything unethical

  • Replace your dissertation advisor


So, why should you consider getting a doctoral coach?

  • To make sure you have the best chance possible of completing your doctoral program

  • To make sure you finish your dissertation as quickly as possible

  • To make sure you are thinking through your career plan

  • To make sure you are taking all the steps you need to, at the appropriate time

  • To provide you the support and encouragement that you may not be getting elsewhere


Have questions? Visit our Coaching FAQs page




Don't wait until it's too late!

The positive effects of good practices multiply over time

The earlier you seek help, the easier it is to make changes and the more effective those changes will be


Contact us to request a free consultation. We'd be happy to learn more about you, your goals, and your needs. All information provided is confidential.

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