Meet Our Team

Karen McMahon

Chief Visionary ~ Divorce & Relationship Coach

Karen’s passion is to help men and women navigate the emotional difficulties of relationships, breakups and divorce. Your work together will open up the possibility that your current relationship challenges can lead to a rewarding voyage of self-discovery and an immensely more pleasing life experience.

Karen founded Journey Beyond Divorce in 2010, after discovering that the pain of dissolving her marriage had been the very stimulus for her personal transformation.

During her three and a half year tumultuous divorce, Karen’s life began to improve exponentially. With much hard work, she embraced her new life, created healthy friendships, found her true voice, and learned to set suitable boundaries and let go of what she could not control.

Learning to live a healthy enlivened life is something that we can share with our children creating thriving relationships with them while helping them grow emotionally strong and healthy.

Karen is the mother of two emerging adults, a graduate of the world’s leading coaching institute, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and a Certified Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Karen’s other accomplishments include work as a NYS Lobbyist, Health Advocate, Community Organizer, and Chairperson of a NYS non-profit organization, Director of Sales and Marketing, and successful small business owner.

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Lisa Brick

Partner ~ Divorce & Relationship Coach

Lisa has invited, supported, and cajoled numerous individuals into being who they want to be; powerful, effective, creative, centered, generally upbeat, and self expressed human beings. In doing so, Lisa effectively challenges individuals’ logical assumption that circumstances are the limiting factor in life, knowing that this assumption undermines personal motivation and creativity.

In addition to four decades of experience in supporting individuals’ well-being as an acupuncturist, whole foods advocate, dedicated family person, and since 2010, certified iPEC coach, Ms. Brick has personal experience with life changing in unwanted, dramatic, and challenging ways, knows the devastation of facing what appears to be a nightmare future, and finding and staying in the eye of the storm until it loses its power and the sailing is smooth once again.

Lisa brings new ways of thinking and being to light. Lisa’s most evident collective accomplishments include Unity Charter School in Morristown New Jersey, the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey, and a loving and healthy marriage and family of 30 plus years. Ms. Brick sees all of her accomplishments as “collective” endeavors that include everyone, dead and alive, real and fictional, who have shared their ideas, talents, strategies, and energies.

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Diane Dempster

Divorce & Relationship Coach

Diane’s specialty is helping individuals working through divorce especially when there are kids in the picture. “When you decide to change the relationship you have with the other parent, there is going to be an impact on your kids, no matter how old they are. I’m focused on helping parents figure out how to support themselves AND their kids through what is often a really difficult process.”

One of the things Diane is most proud of is how she personally navigated her own divorce process – working with another JBD coach.  The amicable relationship she maintains with her ex and the “extended” family they have created over the years is far from perfect, yet everyone feels loved, accepted, and valued.

In 2008, Diane’s life shifted.  She lost her job and with it, her identity.  At the same time, Diane’s marriage was shaky and she was struggling in her role as a Mom.  Through coaching, she reclaimed her life, became a stronger parent for her two (now young adult) kiddos, and ultimately decided to step away from her 20 year marriage.  “The tools I learned as a coach made me a better communicator, helped me to gain clarity on I want for my own life and be the kind of parent my kids needed to help them be successful.”

Diane Dempster MHSA, CPC, PCC, co-Founder of ImpactADHD®.com is a certified professional coach, speaker, and educator with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience, and a strong commitment to her spiritual path.

Diane received a Masters degree from the University of Michigan, and her coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She lives with her two young adult kids, and is committed to living a conscious, balanced and joy-filled life, and helping others do the same. 

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Meghan J.

Divorce & Relationship Coach

Meghan’s passion in life is helping individuals unlock their potential and design the life they truly want to lead.  This passion was born out of a time in Meghan’s life was when realized she was in a marriage that was unfulfilling and destructive. She chose the painful and difficult path of divorce.

Through a lot of hard work Meghan learned that it is times of extreme stress and pressure that can uniquely serve us if we are bold enough to focus on emotional growth and personal development. 

By reclaiming her life, her individuality, and her voice, Meghan has been able to rise like a phoenix and construct a new life that fully meets her personal values and brings fresh joy every day.

Megan believes in fully embracing the reality of where you currently are, defining the direction you want to go, and then directing all your efforts and energy toward getting there. By guiding her clients through these steps, Meghan has supports you to achieve your innermost desires of greater happiness, peace, and fulfillment.

 Meghan has a unique gift of distilling her client’s emotions and experiences and succinctly reflecting them back, enabling the client to see their issues more clearly and take decisive action to move forward. 

Meghan is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Brigham Young University. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and son.

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Julie Beckerman

Divorce & Relationship Coach

Julie Beckerman helps individuals learn to navigate and redefine their relationships through the divorce and coparenting process, specializing in unhooking from codependency and individuals with high conflict personalities. 

Divorce isn’t easy, and hers was certainly no exception. In 2014 after 10 years of marriage Julie decided to divorce and began the most difficult, scary, confusing, angering, and liberating journey of her life.

She navigated the shifting waters of divorce from lawyers and courtrooms, co-parenting, being a stay-at-home-mom, changing friendships, living in the same house with her ex, relationships with ex in-laws and dating, to her ex getting remarried, going back to work, moving to a new home, new school for her daughter, new job and starting a new career.

With the help of a solid support system, she began to see this as not just a challenge to get through, which it certainly was, but also an opportunity of personal growth that had only just begun.

 Julie has emerged from her divorce driven to help empower people to live freely and authentically through divorce and all experiences. Her passion is finding creative ways to set boundaries that allow everyone in the relationship to show up authentically. Julie believes that the most effective results simply come from doing more of the things that work for you and less of the things that don’t.

Your work with Julie will be about creating movement in ways that are meaningful, sustainable, and authentic to who you are.  

Julie is a Certified Professional Coach from the institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching and a certified career and development counselor from NYU. She studied IO psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University, has experience and training in Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Effective Communication and Mindfulness techniques with a background working in business and Human Resources, and experience dealing with loss and addiction.

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