I have over 30 years of experience helping clients break through the barriers that keep them from achieving their life goals. I bring my wide range of experience in counseling, business and education to my coaching practice.
Trained as a licensed clinical social worker, I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist for 30 years, specializing in work with individuals and couples on relationships and family issues. My particular interest has been to help clients handle major life transitions.
I have been a Certified Retirement Coach since 2010 and am trained in the utilization and interpretation of the Retirement Success Profile assessment tool and the Life Options questionnaire. I am on the board of The Retirement Coaches Association.
In 2018 I co-authored The Retirement Challenge: A Non-Financial Guide From Top Retirement Experts published by the Retirement Coaches Association. Excerpts from my chapter on Facing Forced Retirement: Getting Upright When Your World Turns Upside Down appeared in Forbes and Next Avenue, a PBS website for people 50+. I was also featured in a New York Times article Seven Days to a Better Retirement - Day 1: What is My Retirement? and an article in MarketWatch on Retiring during Covid-19? How to cope
Founder and president of Kindred Spirits Inc., a business offering leisure time activities, travel, educational programs and counseling services to single parent families, I was also director of The Rhinelander Children’s Center in New York City where I developed and oversaw a range of programs for toddlers to teenagers and their parents. Furthermore, I was a consultant to five Mental Health Clinics for The Children’s Aid Society. In addition, I was an adjunct professor at both New York University and Adelphi Schools of Social Work. In the corporate environment, I am an experienced public speaker and have presented a variety of Wellness Programs at such organizations as MetLife, American Express and JP Morgan.
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“We highly recommend Phyllis Diamond and Strategic Retirement Coaching as part of your retirement planning. We signed up for her initial coaching services and we found the insights and exercises so helpful that we continued coaching with her for several more months…She was able to take us through topics that can sometimes be challenging when you try to tackle them on your own” Carol and Robert A. / New York City
“During ‘The New Retirement: Creating the Life You Want’ workshop, Phyllis presented a comprehensive and realistic review of retirement… I was helped to grow and face retirement as an exciting phase of my life with many new opportunities. Phyllis Diamond shines as a Retirement Coach and is definitely a true leader and pioneer in this important area of life.” Barbara R. / Riverdale, NY
“Phyllis has an amazing ability to hear my needs and help me create a transition plan looking toward retirement. We met several times and the outcome was great. Her understanding of my specific issues and her suggestions in order to implement a plan was perfect. I am indebted to Phyllis on her exceptional work on my behalf.” Jim Steiner / Miami, Fl.