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David Zelman practices what he preaches. As founder and president of Transitions Institute, Inc., Dr. Zelman has successfully reinvented himself several times.
The psychotherapist and business coach has found his niche both professionally and personally, but that wasn’t always so. At 21, he had dropped out of college disillusioned after discovering he was dyslexic and just couldn’t keep up. He was down and out in California in the ‘60’s with no money, no job, and no future.
Then something happened. He picked up a psychology textbook and was captivated by the mind-body connection. The New York native returned to the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a degree in psychology, winding up on the dean’s list during his last year.
“For the first time in my life I gave myself permission to give everything I had to accomplishing the goal,” he says. “I had to read things three or four times to get it. It didn’t come naturally.”
Dr. Zelman went on to get his master’s and a doctorate in behavioral psychology at the University of Wisconsin, and soon began a private clinical and consulting practice that focused on training, team-building and communication programs to corporations and non-profit organizations.
He became more and more interested in those who wanted to reinvent themselves, and his individual counseling practice grew. Soon he was jetting to Los Angeles, New York, and London to work one-on-one with high profile professionals and international elites.
“He listens heartfully, but is strategically minded,” says one client. “I look at his role as part confessor, part co-conspirator.”
David reinvented himself again by starting the Transitions Institute to focus on helping people design their “second lives.” In his Amazon #1 bestselling book, If I Can, You Can: Transformation Made Easy, David lays out his Transitions Process.
“In the end,” he says, “people need to ask themselves the question, ‘If I was financially independent and didn’t have to work, what would I do with my time?’ You have to have a sense of self-worth that extends beyond what you do for a living. That’s the real creation of wealth.”
David lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Karen. They have three children, Michael, Brian, and Lauren. As the founder and CEO of the Transitions Institute, Inc., David specializes in consulting individuals and coaching executives, entrepreneurs and organizations on maximizing productivity and, of course, personal well-being
TII’s technology is designed to enhance an individual organization’s ability to break with traditional methods and approaches by creating environments in which individuals and groups can safely and powerfully develop those organizational skills that inspire and move people to action.
Drawing upon 20 years of clinical and consulting experience, David is a dynamic and provocative speaker. He has trained or coached in excess of 20,000 individuals and has worked with hundreds of corporations.
David Zelman’s unique approach to fully expressing one’s humanity has empowered people to step beyond what is predictable and create truly extraordinary lives.