a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis,
but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives….It
is difficult to treat patients of this particular kind by rational
methods, because they are in the main socially, well-adapted individuals
of considerable ability… The ordinary expression for this situation
is: “I am stuck.” Jung (1933),
your clients asking you to help them answer the
your clients find the answers and
If you're a helping professional like me, a career counselor, coach or therapist, you've probably dealt with the same problems (and felt the same frustrations) that I have when working with many clients: Most people can't explain what they really want. It's not that they're not smart (because they are!). It's not that I'm not good at my job (because I AM!). It's just that until now, professionals like us have not had a tool that helps our clients identify what they really want, and what they really need.
We've got years of training to help us get to the heart of the issue, but the trouble is that our clients don't have the same training. So not only can they not articulate their desires, their aspirations, and their values, they don't even know what they are!
How many times have clients come to you for answers that we both know can only be found inside their own hearts?
But still they come to us, hoping that we'll know the answers, that we'll have the keys to unlock their destinies, that we can help them figure out who and what they're going to be when they grow up!
And we really want to help them, don't we?
People come to me in pain and they want me to fix it. They want me
So, after years of trial (and error!), working one client at a time, I developed a tool that finally (FINALLY!) gave voice to my clients' innermost longings, the secret desires of their hearts, and helped them identify and articulate their true values, their real interests, their natural skills, and their dominant traits, all of which combined present a true picture of who they are, and all they can be!
sounds exhausting, but with VISTa Cards, I finally found a way to
help my clients quickly, easily, and completely understand their
deepest desires in
“Psychology is not just
the study of weakness and damage, it is also the study of strength
and virtue. Treatment is not
just fixing what is broken, it is nurturing what is best within ourselves.”
VISTa Cards had given my clients' inner selves a voice, a way to communicate what needed to be said in a way that we both could hear and understand.
You can imagine the relief that such a tool brought to the lives of so many of my clients...many are stunned that for the first time in their lives, they finally feel understood and valued.
And they actually know what they want to be -- or who they want to be --when they grow up!
created VISTa Cards on the last day of a professional conference,
my brain overloaded with new tools and ways
to help clients,
but it wasn't
enough. I knew my clients wanted more than cookie-cutter
answers. In a moment, the idea for a new type of counseling
tool emerged-- VISTa
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The Search for Meaning
“Too many of us stumble through life mindlessly. We’re stuck in routines and unaware of our surroundings. Breaking out of that mindset can be the breakthrough to creativity and meaning.” --Ellen Langer, author or Mindfulness
From all corners of the globe, people are calling out for more meaning and value in their lives.
By creating a holistic experience that dazzles the senses, appeals to the heart, challenges the intellect, yet maintains relevancy to people's lives, VISTa Life/Career Cards help clients answer the BIG questions in a fun, interactive and profound way.
After a 90-minute session with a client, I have insight into the individual's highest vision of self. I don't need to know their family dysfunction, their successes or failures, or their entire work history, but I get to know them at a core level. As we talk about the cards, they get to know themselves at a level they may never have touched before. But, it doesn't feel intrusive. Quite the contrary--the experience empowers clients!
The VISTa Cards will identify your clients':
Plus your clients will feel:
Tom*, a man in his early twenties, appeared at my office door somewhat reluctantly. His grandfather encouraged him to see me by paying for the appointment. Tom was raised in a family of professionals, and not attending a university made him the black sheep. He liked his job in a warehouse, and knew he wanted to accomplish more with his career, but wasn't sure what direction to go.
Before starting the VISTa exercise, Tom told me about his struggles with school. He didn't enjoy school and it showed in his poor grades. Attention Deficient Disorder hindered his above-average intelligence. The gap between his potential capability and his educational failures understandably frustrated him.
Clearly, he enjoyed the process of looking at the cards and allocating them to different piles. Upon reviewing his Profile Pyramids, we both chuckled, acknowledging why school had been difficult, the ADD aside. Out of forty cards, seventeen were designated as Realistic, meaning he loved working with his hands and being physical. The rest of the cards were Enterprising and Creative.
His three themes or Critical Components for Success focused on Entrepreneurial qualities: leading, independent, make decisions; Adventure: action, risk-taking, free-spirited; and Being Physical: outdoor activities, operate equipment, hand-eye coordination.
After completing the process, Tom stood up, looking down on the cards and said, "For the first time in my life, I feel complete."
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Lynn's* therapist referred her to me. She is the first person who contacted me specifically saying, "I want to find my purpose in life." Although we met only once, but her VISTa results indicated the power of the cards. A long-term relationship ended a year previously and she was unable to move forward. She felt pitiful, admitting she couldn’t get her life together since the break-up. She lost her self-confidence, enthusiasm and spirit.
When she completed the Satisfaction Blueprint, I asked her if there were any inspiration cards--cards that dominated all arenas of her life--she responded with "nurturing". As we reviewed the cards and themes, some very powerful cards appeared: "confident", "assertive", "taking-risks", "giving speeches", and "make decisions". We talked about the possible disconnect between her current life and these strong cards. She said, "You know, those cards are really me. I have an MBA and I used to be a very successful business woman." As we talked, we both realized that she had succumbed to the life of many women who become mothers. She changed careers to become a teacher to spend more time with her son. As with many women, she abdicated a lot of her personal power. As we talked about her failed relationship, she realized needing a nurturing relationship had become irrationally important. We moved the nurturing cards to a new location, so they could still be a part of her life, but no longer dominate. Then we talked about strategies to recapture and re-energize her "power" cards. She joined Toastmasters, involved herself in local politics and is on her way to achieving more confidence and balance in her life.
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VISTa Life/Career Cards are the perfect tool for Coaches, Career Counselors, and Therapists.
decks of cards (one deck for Values, Interests, Skills and Traits).
Each deck includes 75 color-coded cards-- that's 300 cards!
Bonus #1 - Personal Support
• Membership to the VISTa Life/Cards community offering continued support as you use the cards with your clients. This includes ongoing teleseminars, e-mail updates and one-to-one support.
Bonus #2 – Free Downloads
• Buy now and get a lifetime of unlimited downloads of the Pyramid Profiles to use with your clients for no additional charge. As new support materials become available, you will be the first to know and have easy access to adding them to your system.
Bonus #3, Database Access
• Access to the O’Net database through the Holland Code at the VISTa-cards.com website, especially designed for VISTa Life/Career Card users.
In addition, if you purchase online now, you will
I have spent a great deal of time, over the last 25 years, researching what I wanted to "be." I have talked with a career counselor, done aptitude tests, attended lectures, and read all the books.
It was so much fun that I did all four of the card pyramids (Values, Interests, Skills, Talents) in one sitting. At the end, I had a completely new understanding of my own abilities and desires! I feel as if I have reclaimed a lost part of myself. I know myself now, better than ever before, and am thrilled and grateful for the knowledge. The VISTa cards have helped me to see my work differently, and to approach it with a new understanding and eagerness.
--Christa King, (College Administrator)
are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the
world to live more amply, with greater vision,
and with a finer spirit of home and achievement. You are here to
enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."
-- Woodrow Wilson
Now you CAN help your clients live with greater vision, with VISTa Cards!
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