Meet Taja

A native of Portsmouth, VA, Taja is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University earning her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. In addition to earning a Registered Nurse degree postgrad, she earned her Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology at Troy State University. She has worked in the Orange County Public Schools system as a student counselor for over 25 years encouraging students to work hard to achieve their academic goals.

Her love for helping to develop the greatness in those around her is further evident in her mentorship and personal work in her church and community. She is a down to earth, fun-loving, well balanced woman of faith who is committed to the growth and development of the mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, she is a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

She is married to the love of her life, Bishop-Elect Derrick L. McRae who is the Senior Pastor at The Experience Christian Center in Orlando, FL. Her pride and joy are her three children, Brailon, Derrick II and Kayla. Taja has a heart to serve others and naturally provides emotional, spiritual, and psychological support to anyone in need.

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  • To facilitate change and stimulate growth that will have a lasting affect on the individual’s life.

  • To encourage a positive mindset by challenging the individual’s thoughts to help them move from where they are to their desired outcome.

  • To help individual’s develop a perspective that will help them create and maintain healthy relationships.

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“A great coach not only inspires but supports and encourages others to get results.”

-Richard Schuy

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So often we are told how to feel, what to do, and how to react to the world around us. I remember seeking help in my personal life and career only to struggle with feeling seen and heard by my coaches despite their well-intended attempts.

This led me to study and become certified as a Life Coach so that I could provide the very help and service that I know is so necessary. My approach is centered on being an active and intuitive listener in order to collaborate with you to help you journey through self-discovery, navigate road-blocks, and tap into your full potential.

Many times throughout my life before becoming a coach, I was fortunate enough to be the ear and shoulder of so many individuals that trusted me with their most precious and private fears, dreams, and problems. I felt a sense of immediate connection to each of their experiences which allowed them to feel safe and trusting of my wisdom.


I believe in the power of sharing human experiences in order to forge profound emotional and psychological bonds. My approach is intentionally and naturally warm, open-minded, easy-going, and caring--it's the Taja Touch.