What’s it Like to Be a Transition Coach?

Lumia instructor Barb Matias Haynes discusses how she became a transitions coach, and the process of supporting people through change.

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What’s it Like to Be a Transition Coach?

Barb is a certified coach, teacher, facilitator and an experienced business consultant. She is a Transition Coach that guides her clients through life’s biggest challenges.  

For almost 20 years Barbara has been a successful entrepreneur in real estate and wellness.  Prior to her entrepreneurial world, Barbara had a successful corporate career in marketing for 15 years. In her most recent role, she was VP of Marketing in the Card Service Group at Washington Mutual (Chase), leading marketing initiatives to maximize credit card sales.  

Barbara’s entrepreneurial drive and her strong, organized and thoughtful leadership fuels her achievements in all areas that she is passionate about.  She’s held leadership roles in both large and small companies including Activision, Schwab and Washington Mutual/Chase, and understands what it takes to have a successful career. 

To learn more about Barb’s coaching practice, you can connect on Instagram @barbmatiashaynes or visit her website at www.barbmatiashaynes.com.

What’s it Like to Be a Transition Coach?

As a transitions coach, Barb works with people who are in the midst of major life changes. Some common scenarios her clients are facing include:

  • Relationship endings and divorce
  • Job changes or starting a new career
  • Grief and loss

The common thread amongst all of these situations are the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety that accompany abrupt or major life changes. 

In her coaching practice, Barb holds space for the passage through the unknown that her clients are making. Together, they unpack whatever the person is going through to organize the experience and begin to chart a course forward. 

“I’m able to sit with them in that discomfort and help them to feel a little more certain in a world that is always going to be uncertain.” - Barb Matias Haynes

How did Barb decide to become a transitions coach?

At the time that Barb began training to become a coach, she was going through a major transition herself. Her husband of 20 years had recently asked for a divorce, and she found herself navigating the unknown in tandem with launching her coaching practice.

Barb didn’t set out to choose a coaching niche - this work found her naturally. As she shared her personal story with others, she found that those experiences resonated with others. People who were going through big life changes of their own were attracted to how Barb had evolved on her own path, and began seeking out her coaching services. 

Listen in as Barb and Lumia CEO Noelle Cordeaux talk about life transitions, and the coaching techniques that can be used to support others in navigating this terrain!

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