Meet our team

AChievement coach

Dr. Michael McCutcheon is an Achievement Coach, psychologist, and award-winning public speaker who specializes in working with adults around procrastination elimination, goal achievement, and increasing overall life satisfaction. Dr. McCutcheon draws on his work as a clinical psychologist to guide clients in becoming more aware of their desires and overcome anxieties in order to break out of old patterns, create new healthy habits, and achieve life-changing results. He has partnered with clients on a variety of goals including: improving time management and organization skills, embarking on a new career, becoming more financially comfortable, finding love and/or enhancing current relationships, and guiding recent graduates through the transition from school to the working world. Over the years, Dr. McCutcheon has worked with hundreds of clients nationwide and his style has been described as solution-focused, caring, thought-provoking, and genuine. Dr. McCutcheon is a published author and an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), a position for which he won the Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a recurring contributor for Out Magazine, and a featured expert on National Public Radio (NPR). 


         Ph.D. / Counseling Psychology / New York University

         B.A. / Psychology / University of California, Berkeley



Katherine Kirkinis, Ed.M., M.A.  works with adults around issues of career and identity. She has specialized doctoral-level training in career counseling and evaluation. She is pursing a doctoral degree at SUNY Albany where her work focuses on organizational racial climate and racial identity. She is a published author, and she has been featured in both academic journals as well as well Quartz and ATTN. Her research has been and has presented at 10+ national APA conferences since 2013. Her counseling style has been described as direct, challenging, and empowering. 


Doctoral Fellow / Counseling Psychology / University at Albany, SUNY

Ed.M., M.A. / Psychological Counseling / Columbia University

B.S. / Applied Psychology / New York University


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Ali Jazliah, originally from Uganda, is an expert Web Designer. Jazilah works with our clients to establish a professional, compelling online presence. She builds online portfolios to showcase creatives' talent and professional, personal webpages for our clients in other fields. In the past 4 years, Jazilah has built dozens of beautiful, effective websites ranging from portfolios, business brands, e-commerce stores and blogs. Her communication style is built around ensuring that the website design process is painless and technology friendly for you. 


   B.S. / Communications & Engineering / Makerere University


Dr. Jessica Harding, originally from New Zealand, is a Psychologist with over seven years of experience working with professionals at all stages of their careers.  Dr. Harding has provided expert resume guidance and support to clients from leading corporations and academic institutions including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and MDRC, and has extensive experience leading seminars at universities across the US. Previously, Dr. Harding has held positions in university career support and career advisement for low-income students. Dr. Harding is a published author, and holds an concurrent appointment at Mathematica Policy Research where her research focuses on how public policies support low-income families. 


  Ph.D. / Psychology & Social Intervention / New York University

   B.S. / Psychology / University of Auckland



Duane Peña, originally from Trinidad & Tobago, graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. He comes to us with over 12 years of experience in financial management, having worked with global companies such as First Data Corporation and  McKinsey & Co. Duane is a talented financial manager and a creative problem solver working with our team across a wide range of fields, from business management, public relations, sales, business operations, and communications/media to new business development. In addition to his work at Wanderlust Careers, Duane is also a youth development coach for the New York Red Bulls. 


B.A. / Business Administration & Finance / Morehouse College

You’re ready to invest in yourself to build a successful career
You’re looking for a solution, not just to talk about it


Wanderlust Career Counseling
291 Broadway, Ste. 1407

New York, NY 10007