What is a Transition Coach?

As a transition coach, I help you create a vision of the future that you want, then support you as you pursue it.

Say you’re a lawyer, and you're good at your job, paid really well and yet...you're feeling malaise. You feel like you’re destined to do something more, more impactful. At first, you are aware that you are uncomfortable where you are -- your career feels like a jacket that just doesn’t fit anymore. The style is wrong, it’s uncomfortable and you want out.

And you feel like you want something more. You want to make a more meaningful contribution. Well that’s clear, but it’s also vague. (!!!!)

You're ready for coaching, and you're ready for a transition coach like me. You've accomplished something difficult, and you've outgrown it.

But more importantly, you want more value from your career. You want meaning and impact, and you want your career to better align with your personal values.

So we work together to assess and prioritize your values so that we can better create a new reality for you.

As your transition coach, I work with you to collaborate to build a vision of this reality -- kind of the way an architect will design a rendering of a new home. We co-design this concept, this idea of what your life will be like. 

So say this lawyer is engaged and she and her partner, who both grew up in the NY metro area, want out. They want to move -- maybe to Colorado.

We put Colorado on the map, and I look at my client and ask her about the attributes of the life that you are envisioning. Why Colorado? What’s the change you are seeking from that place? What does it represent? We’ll start to think about her career -- does she still want to practice law, or perhaps she’d like to move into advocacy?

We discuss, we plot, we test out ideas. And more importantly, a key way to I work as a career coach, life coach and transition coach is that I help my clients move forward on multiple paths concurrently to decide what works and what doesn’t.

Crazy yes. But more importantly effective. Crazy effective. We don't talk and hypothesize and wonder. I help you move forward to take concrete steps on multiple paths you envision. As you walk on these paths it becomes clear, very quickly, which ones are right and which ones are not.

Your transition is iterative process. As your transition coach, I partner with you and coach you through it.

I’ve developed an expertise by coaching thousands of clients over the last 15 years. I’ve seen a lot of dreamy “it’s so crazy it might just work” ideas become reality, and I know how to work with clients to support you toward a future that delights you, and has the meaning and impact you crave.

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There are many terms for this: transition coach, personal development coach, change coach, personal coach, life mentor, professional life coach.

I am your coach, your partner, your friend during this intense time of focused work and transition. Your expertise is you, you are responsible for knowing yourself. My expertise is powerful questioning, and change management. I am your accountability partner during this time. My skills and training as a life coach, career coach, personal coach, and wellness coach all come into play here.

In order to deliver outstanding coaching to you, I am a student of neuroscience (how the brain works), mindfulness, transition and change theory, and behavioral economics. Scroll down to the section on industry thought leaders to see how I nourish my brain.

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I had never used a career coach before, but was in a situation where I needed a sounding board and career advice, so found Allison on Google where she had all 5 star reviews. After conducting further research, her very impressive background and the fact that she was published gave me the confidence that she could help me with my situation.Allison was amazing to work with, very personable, and her feedback to me absolutely ensured my success. I wouldn't have been able to navigate my situation properly if it wasn't for Allison, as she kept me grounded and focused on what was important during the process.Thank you Allison for all of your great insights, your amazing approach and helping to make a stressful situation much more manageable and successful!!
Dave Rossman
Dave Rossman
21:28 15 Aug 21
I can't say enough wonderful things about Allison! In our first session, she helped me troubleshoot a challenging work situation and visualize what a better opportunity might look like (which came to fruition not long after!). She is a great listener and I was impressed by how quickly she could dialogue about the specifics of my workplace and some of the challenges that were unique to me/my family and my work sector. She challenged me to think about what success looks like for me, and made specific suggestions for how to get there. Allison is clearly a champion for her clients and it feels great to have her in my corner!
Colleen Ijalana
Colleen Ijalana
13:41 29 Jun 21
Working with Allison is the best choice I've ever made for myself! When my Saturn return aligned with a global pandemic I was so lost and overwhelmed. I had a million things I wanted to do with my life and just no idea where to start, but Allison embraced my chaos and said welcome to adulthood babe, let's get you the tools to start figuring out your plan. She never judged or shamed me, but rather became a close confidant and dare I say friend. Often times our sessions were the highlight of my week! If you have the ability to invest in yourself with her program, no matter where you're at in your life, you will thank yourself later (and sooner) if you go for it. I couldn't recommend her more highly, anyone can benefit from her services!
Ceci Glidden
Ceci Glidden
14:02 03 Apr 21
I'm incredibly proud to share that Allison helped me achieve my DREAM job at my DREAM company!! I have been working with Allison for the past 6 months and her services are the best investment I've ever made. Allison's abilities to connect, understand and take action are second to none. Allison has solutions and techniques for everything. She provides so much care and attention which makes you feel as if you are her only client. Sessions are always productive and she ensures that you are feeling supported throughout the process. Thank you, Allison!!
Lauren Gerard
Lauren Gerard
16:12 01 Apr 21
Allison and I worked together over the course of 6 months and what an incredible journey it was together. When we began, I had no clear vision for what I wanted life to look like, just a definite certainty that I needed epic change. Allison is a master navigator in that quagmire. She gently pulls threads and follows them with you to tease out your passions, skills, dissatisfiers, and boundaries. I’d often leave sessions and reflect in awe at her ability to unpack all that I said and, more importantly, that which I didn’t. Her gift of unearthing insight, provoking thought, and inciting action is unparalleled. We covered an insane amount of territory in our time together and I’m on a clear, self-created(!) path forward to achieving that epic change I was seeking. Thank you, Allison! I’m looking forward to reconnecting from Peru!
Kati LaBeaume
Kati LaBeaume
22:47 09 Feb 21
In the short time I worked with Allison I got a new job WHILE exploring my own passions. I'm now happier in my career, actively coaching on my own, have a web site, and planned a yoga retreat.Allison gave me confidence and accountability when I needed it most. Each session was tailored to what I wanted support on. I was hesitant to spend the money, but I'm so glad I did. I appreciated that we could record our sessions so I could re-watch them (just so I didn't miss or forget anything!). Her support and guidance crashed down a huge wall I built up for myself.I truly feel transformed. Thank you, Allison!
Samantha Rhind
Samantha Rhind
23:34 13 Jan 21
My life transformed in the most wonderful way through coaching with Allison. She is an amazing person and talented coach. She knows how to listen deeply, connect and ask powerful questions that unlock awareness and open insight. She has a wealth of practical wisdom that inspires courage, agency and possibility. Our coaching engagement was deep, meaningful and impactful for me on so many levels. Working with Allison truly created a positive (r)evolution in my life. I highly recommend her coaching program. If you get the opportunity to work with her, take it!
Emily Peck
Emily Peck
19:44 06 Nov 20
Allison is a gifted, whip-smart, and wise career coach. Working with her was a terrific experience. She helped me transition from my previous career, putting me on a more fulfilling path forward. Her energy, enthusiasm, and optimism are infectious. I felt energized after every session with her. Now that we are in the midst of this great transition in terms of career-life, I’m grateful to have worked with Allison when I did. My time with her has helped me navigate the covid world with much more confidence and ease.
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
02:14 31 Aug 20
Working with Allison was just what I needed to shift focus for a new career! Although we started working in the middle of the pandemic, I knew working with her would help for years to come. She not only helped me through these uncertain times but prepared me to hit the ground running. Regardless if you’re just starting out or have been in an industry for years, she gets it!
Brianne Kennedy
Brianne Kennedy
16:49 24 Aug 20
I first contacted Allison because I was feeling lost in my job search and was hoping to find a new career path. After just a few months working with Allison I felt I had found a new career path and felt more confident as a professional in general, but also was finding improvements in other areas of my life that I didn’t expect. The thing I appreciated most is that she doesn’t tell you what you should do or what you should be, she just asks the right questions to help you find it in yourself and then helps come up with a plan for getting to where you want to be. She also is extreme positive and fun to talk to and I always left her office in a good mood. I highly recommend working with her.
Tim Higgins
Tim Higgins
23:05 23 Feb 20
Allison is the best! And that is a HUGE understatement. Unlike other Life/Career Coaches, Allison "gets it". She is extremely Relatable, not "Old-School", and very Realistic.When I first visited Allison, I was unhappy with my career, it's progression, and I knew that I wanted to do something different (something more in-line with ME) - but I didn't know what it was or how to find it.My fiance and I were also unhappy with where we were living, and had many ideas about moving away - but those were more like "dreams".Within a 3 month period, Allison, with her many skills/tools of: inspiration, open mindedness, being extremely well educated in the field of life/career coaching, support, connected-ness through communication, positivity, guidance, and what seems to be a vast knowledge of "everything coaching" ...The list goes on and on...Helped both of us create a plan to move to a new state, a place where we absolutely love!, and a plan to move forward with our careers which has been exciting and truly unbelievable. On my last session with her, she went down a list of items/life ideas which I brought to her attention on our 1st session, and within a 3 month period - I/we had accomplished everything on that list.I can't say thank you enough. And I can't recommend her services enough for anyone who is looking for a change/different perspective in their life/career.Thank you Allison!!!
Daniel Solomon
Daniel Solomon
17:00 28 Oct 19
I have been working with Allison for the last five months, and in that time, I have made changes in my life that I've been trying to make on my own for a decade. She is a sincere person who is deeply committed to helping you gain clarity and take concrete steps to achieve the life you want. I was in a state of so much confusion and all I knew was that I needed to change, but I didn't have a clear direction. She has a remarkable ability to distill our conversations into eye-opening insights and clear action steps. In working with her, I have been able to shift long-held patterns of thinking that were not serving me and, as a result, more fully inhabit my own life. Together we have been creating and refining my goals and I have been able to progress from the traction gained each week. I am incredibly grateful that I have the opportunity to work with her. The return on my investment is exponential.
Swapna Rao
Swapna Rao
13:27 19 Sep 19
Allison is incredibly sharp, diligent, and kind. Her attention and enthusiasm is especially beneficial to those who seek encouragement and guidance during large transitional periods. Allison understands exactly how to empower her clients, and provides them with practical tools to set and complete goals, making those uncomfortable transitions all the more beautiful.
EJ Barbato
EJ Barbato
21:40 22 Aug 19
I used to think there was nothing I could get from a career coach that I couldn't get from my existing network of mentors. Then I was given a copy of Allison's book. It opened my eyes to things about my professional self I hadn't acknowledged before and to a new way about thinking about my work, my career and myself. So, I signed up for an intro coaching session and hoped I was making a worthy investment of money I really didn't have to spend. In that first session, I learned a lot about the way I work, how I want to work and who I am. In subsequent sessions, I began to see opportunities for myself I had refused to open my eyes to in the past and the fears, societal and cultural expectations that I was allowing to limit my possibilities. With Allison's support, I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and into some of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life. I'm still finding my way, but my framework for thinking about my career and professional decision-making has changed. I am more confident in saying no to opportunities that aren't for me (and that I would have fretted over) and have a much better idea of what it is I want out of work and by extension life.
Meena Thiruvengadam
Meena Thiruvengadam
17:07 19 Aug 19
There truly is not enough space here to share all the wonderful things I experienced working with Allison. I am so appreciative she has chosen to apply her intelligence, positive energy, empathy and commitment to helping others through her coaching business. She has made a tremendous difference in my life for which I am so grateful.I had been suffering from 'analysis paralysis' for years, stuck obsessing over different opportunities available to me after working in network television as an investigative journalist. I had reached out to other professionals for help in sorting through all my ideas to get some traction in my life, but I realized they didn't seem to be able to relate to my thought process and I was only confusing them.I sensed I should reach out to Allison after I invited her to speak at a meetup group I organize locally. After my first personal session with her, it's as if the sun finally came out from behind the clouds in my mind. She helped me get all the jumbled up ideas in my head - out of my head so we could review each of them and decide which to prioritize now, later or toss out completely. She even guided me on how to test some of the ideas, with action vs going all in. And, I am using a terrific method to structure my day that she introduced to me.If you really want to create change in your life, work toward your best life, bring clarity to your life, I believe 100% Allison is the one to call. As her client I am expected to compensate her for her expertise and guidance, but I felt like she gave me far more than what I gave her.She fantastic!
maria afsharian
maria afsharian
05:29 29 Jul 19
I had just one session with Allison because I felt I needed a boost of motivation to get me going - both with my career and personal goals. After having my second baby, I was feeling stuck and frustrated and most importantly ready to make a change. In that one session Allison helped me come up with a plan and gave me the push that I needed.
Donna Dotan
Donna Dotan
17:42 24 Jul 19
Allison is a true star at what she does. She guided me through a career change with ease. She is a fresh perspective when things seem hopeless. The whole experience with her just amazing. She showed me that I was beyond capable to make the changes that I wanted to make in my life. With her support I was able to see the best in myself and make the necessary changes. She will not do the work for you but show you how to do it for yourself which is even more valuable. If you are considering working with her don’t hesitate for a second, you will not regret it!
Kristina J
Kristina J
21:08 22 Mar 19
I cannot recommend Allison enough. I find myself referring to our sessions & her book regularly. When you work with her, you have a true partner. I learned to verbalize my goals. I've gained clarity on my values and what is actually important to me, not just what I've told myself is important to me. My career has shifted. My creative life is flourishing. I've booked additional sessions. For as long as she's coaching, I'll be a client.
Nolan Denker
Nolan Denker
01:47 12 Feb 19
I had a terrific experience with Allison. When I started my 8-session package with her, I felt stuck professionally and full of self doubt. Undaunted, Allison Task was up for the task! Having finished the package with Allison a few weeks ago, I am astounded by her tenacity and willingness to hop right in and roll up her sleeves. She’s smart and laser focused! She kept me on message in terms of recognizing many entrenched and damaging mindsets. Doing this successfully is often the first step in making change happen. Allison has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, providing clients with a forum to articulate feelings. She is also great at framing key issues so they're seen in a whole new light. Allison’s presence, energy, and ability to cut right to what's important is rare. Her mission is to effectuate positive changes, and that’s just what she does. Also, she’s results driven. I am now taking positive steps forward. I have clear direction with my business, and am making money as a consultant. I would NEVER have made these changes without the insights I learned with Allison!
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
18:04 24 Jan 19
Allison is such a positive and special person to be around. She helped me see that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, in my career and personal life. She helped me plan goals and motivated me towards my achievement. I’m so greatful to her and I had a wonderful experience. She is truly professional and I highly recommend her for anyone looking to excel in life.
Chana Deena Benjamin
Chana Deena Benjamin
17:21 16 Jan 19
I went to see Allison this past week after reading her amazing reviews online. In our 75 minute intro season, She not only helped me figure out the best way to achieve my career goals, but also helped me identify parallels in my personal and professional life. It was an eye opening and invaluable experience. I feel more confident and secure in my decision making skills. She helped me see my value as an employee and showed me how I can achieve my goals in a reasonable time period. Her organizational skills are unmatched and she even emails you a recap of the session so you have something in writing to reflect on. I have already recommended her to my family and friends! Go see Allison - you won’t regret it!
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What does a transition coach do?

As a transition coach, I partner with you to effectuate change. I use the same process with all clients, whether they are seeking services for career coaching, life coaching or transition coaching. 

We meet regularly in my office (or via Zoom or phone) for the duration of your program. These are your strategy sessions, these are 50-minute sessions where you move through stuck points and clear out any limiting beliefs that keep your thinking small. I help you focus on options, one at a time, so that you can zero in on the one that is a fit for you . These one-on-one strategy sessions create a regular structure  for change during our program. These meetings, like a steady drumbeat, create the steady, dependable structure for your change.

And throughout your coaching program, I am available via email between sessions. Some clients email me every morning and night to plan out and review the day’s accomplishments. Others will write a long “here’s where I am” note in the middle of the week so that we can explore their thinking together. 

The in-person strategy sessions are where we strategize, the time between sessions are where you execute the strategy we’ve discussed. And I’m always there for you -- celebrating your wins, and encouraging you to do that thing we discussed if you might just be overthinking it.

When I say I’m there to celebrate your wins I mean it; celebrating wins is a key part of our work. As a coach, I often receive wonderful letters and images at key life moments, whether it’s “I quit!”, “I’m pregnant!”, “We just got engaged!”, or -- and yes, even, “They offered me a $50,000 signing bonus we talked about!!” 

It is a great honor to be part of the celebration at these key life moments. You are me to effectuate change, to coach you through a transition. and It’s an honor to share in and celebrate these moments with my clients. And I hope I get to do it with you!

What does a career transition coach do?

As a career transition coach, I support you as you make a significant career change. You may have recently been laid off, or are returning to work after a five or 10-year hiatus. Maybe you took leave to care for a loved one, maybe you started a family. Perhaps you’re in a job and “doing well” according to traditional metrics of success, but it just doesn’t feel right to you.

Clients reach out to me when they are in transition (recently fired or the writing is on the wall), or when they are stuck and want to get unstuck and move forward towards something different. 

Some call this a career coach, a transition coach, a life coach, or a career transition coach. Call it whatever you like. You can find more details on my coaching process here.

What is the difference between a transition coach and a transformation coach?

Not to be a grammar nerd (though I am), it’s about nouns and verbs. I use transition as a verb and transformation as a noun. Transition is an action. We transition to achieve a transformation. I verb. We verb. Your result is a noun. You want to hire a coach who can verb. If you want to make change, you want a coach who sets strategy and focuses on action. Insight, action, results.

I could also call myself a transformation coach. I think it sounds bigger and bolder than a transition, which is why other coaches use it. I like the idea of a transition because it's graceful, elegant and understated. Like a superhero changes his costume subtly, while no one notices. Or like an octopus. They transition and sure, they transform but they don't like to brag about it 🙂

As a transition coach, I coach you through a change. The obvious metaphor is a butterfly -- your caterpillar self calls me, and we build the chrysalis. It might look quiet in there; but it’s not. No more quiet than growing a baby. We’re building! Doing work! Making the moves, growing wings...we may appear dormant to the outside world because change isn’t visible yet. But believe me, you’re working your tush off and a big change is about to be revealed. But first, the work.

The transition is the act of making change happen. The transformation is the result, the goal, the reveal. I’ll help you build the chrysalis and evolve inside it. On the other side of that evolution is the reveal, the transformation. Our coaching work, the transition coaching, is the work that drives the transformation.

The work is in the chrysalis. It’s un-sexy, not-instagrammable hard work. This is where we sit, side by side and roll up our sleeves together. We strategize, then do the work. This is where I live and provide the partnership to you when you’re doing the work that needs to be done.

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What are your life coach qualifications?

I hold myself to the highest professional and personal standards. I am continually pursuing my best self so that I can help you pursue your best self.

Have a look at my bio and you can read all about where I’ve been and what I’ve done, before, after and during my last almost 20 years as a professional coach.

Are you one of the best life coaches?

I am a member of the International Coaching Federation. This is the leading global organization of coaches. As a group, we set the gold standard for coaching, globally.

I am certified at the PCC (professionally certified coach) level, which is the penultimate level of achievement for coaches. I am pursuing my MCC (master certified coach) certification, and I plan to sit for the MCC exam in 2022. There are fewer than 1000 MCC coaches in the world; I intend to be one of them. It is the highest level of coaching certification in the world.

I take my continuing education seriously, and realistically. I can fill up a resume with lots of education, and the rubber hits the road in sessions with clients. It’s my coaching presence, our connection, and our collaboration that will help push you over the finish line.

If we have that strong coaching relationship, we can move mountains. I strive to develop that relationship in collaboration with you.

Have a look at my Google reviews and see what former clients have said about me. Please note that these were voluntary reviews; my clients felt strongly enough about their experience with me that they took the time to leave a review and put their name on it. No one was paid, coerced or harmed in the writing of these reviews :-).

Transition Coaching Mentors and Thought Leaders

I stand on the shoulders of giants . To follow is a list of historical and contemporary coaching, personal development, neuroscience, happiness, transition, behavior, and positive psychology thought leaders. These individuals are my teachers. I have read their books, seen them at conferences, taken their classes, and listened to their podcasts and Ted Talks. These are the experts I’ve chosen to learn from.

As one client recently shared with me:

“Wisdom is the mix of love and intelligence. It’s one thing you can never have too much of. It’s what [I as a] client pay [you] for and value most and helps create the powerful emotional reality that you hold for [me].”

Paul, Living Globally

On that note, as a curious learner, I am open to suggestions and eager to learn more, so send me the names of books and authors you want me to know about!

Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Happiness, Positive Psychology

  • Norman Doidge
  • Richard Davidson
  • Daniel Goleman
  • Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Brene Brown
  • Rick Hanson
  • Robert Wright
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Martin Seligman
  • Dharma Singh Khalsa
  • Atul Gawande
  • Ellen Langer
  • Christine Carter
  • Daniel Gilbert
  • Sylvia Boorstein
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Robert Thurman
  • Jack Kornfield
  • Anne Lamott
  • Eckhard Tolle
  • Martin Seligman
  • Kristin Neff
  • Dacher Keltner
  • Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Robert Sapolsky
  • Alex Korb
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Jon Kabat Zinn
  • Loretta Graziano Breuning 
  • Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
  • Jeffrey Schwartz
  • Shawn Achor
  • Hans Selye
  • Kelly and Jane McGonical
  • Melanie Greenberg
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel

Business Leadership / Behavioral Economics / Personal Development / Finance / Marketing / Motivation

  • Simon Sinek 
  • Dan Pink 
  • Dan Ariely
  • David Rock
  • Brendan Burchard
  • Hal Gregerson
  • Ron Leiber
  • Farnoosh Toorabi
  • Robert Kiyosaki
  • James Altucher 
  • Adam Grant
  • Charles Duhigg
  • Tim Ferris
  • Jeff Walker
  • Susan Jeffers
  • Jen Sincero
  • Rachel Hollis
  • Gary Vee
  • Amy Morin
  • Mel Robbins 
  • Melissa and Dallas Hartwig 
  • Angela Duckworth 
  • Nicholas Lore
  • Sarah Petty

Relationships & Human Connection, Parenting

  • John Gottman
  • Robert Bly
  • Dale Carnegie
  • Christie Hartman
  • Esther Perel
  • Wendy Mogel
  • Erin Clabough
  • Wednesday Martin
  • Judith Martin
  • Thomas Phelan
  • Marjorie Ingall
  • Susan Douglas
  • Pamela Druckerman
  • Amy Chua
  • Dale Archer
  • Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Malala Yousafzai


A Final Word on Transition Coaching

One important value I have is that I’m not turning you into something that you are not. When we work, we drill down deeper into who you are. I think of my work as helping you return to you, a returning to your self not a re-creation or re-invention. We’re not creating something new, we’re coming home.

To paraphrase Michelangelo, we’re chipping away at the marble to reveal the you that’s already there.

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