Allison V. Bishop, CPA

Financial Coach

About Allison

I have been a CPA for over twenty years.  Twelve years of preparing personal tax returns has helped me to recognize my passion for personal finance and helping people make wise, thoughtful financial decisions.

My Philosophy

Personal finance is my passion.  I believe that everyone can and should make informed, conscious and purposeful decisions around their money.  I believe that financial education should be available to everyone, starting with our youngest members of society.  I believe that the mistakes we make with our money serve to help us make better and smarter choices in the future.  I believe that money is not inherently good or evil but is simply a tool to help us reach our goals.

My Mission

My mission is to assist my clients in aligning their financial decisions with their values and to provide a friendly, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which clients feel comfortable discussing their personal finances.

Areas of Expertise

Financial Coaching

I help clients gain clarity, focus and direction around their money. Whether you’re looking to change bad financial habits or are just looking for more of a financial overview, I will work with you to identify your true priorities and come up with a reasonable plan to make progress towards all of your goals.

Divorce

As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, I am trained in the tax and long-term financial consequences of decisions specific to divorce. Learn more about how I can help you navigate the complicated financial issues you’re facing in your divorce.

Starting Over

It can be overwhelming and lonely to suddenly be the sole person in charge of your finances, even for women who are financially savvy. Whether you’re newly single due to divorce or being widowed, I can help you get a handle on your finances and serve as a trusted guide through your transition.

Financial Literacy Workshops

I am available to speak to groups on a wide range of topics of financial literacy, and can tailor my presentation to the needs of a specific audience. If you are an employer, read more to find out how we can work together to improve your employees’ financial wellness.

What Can Financial Coaching Do For You?

Being a financial coach means I help people to take control of their finances and work with them to make conscious financial decisions.  As a coach, I seek to gain an understanding of my clients’ values and goals, and I help the individual understand the consequences of the choices available to her in order to assist her in making financial decisions that align with those goals.

● Find a confidential and non-judgmental environment to learn how to make wise financial decisions.
● Organize your finances.
● Gain control of your financial life so you can sleep at night.
● Identify your financial goals and values.
● Treat your money mindfully and ensure it’s going where you want it to go.
● Use your money as a tool to help attain your goals.
● Become a good steward of your money.

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Ways Financial Coaching Can Help You

Anyone who doesn’t feel entirely in control of their finances or who is looking for an overview of their financial situation from a trained professional could benefit from a coaching session.  We’re raised in a culture that discourages talking about money, and as a result, many people are never taught healthy financial habits.  Even worse, people are often afraid or embarrassed to talk about money, so they’re unable to find out the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

Testimonials

Articles

I'm committed to educating people about their money.  Catch up with some of my recent blog posts below, and reach out if there's a topic you'd like me to address.

Adventures in credit freezes

Protecting your credit: Worst.  Thing.  Ever.  Who wants to spend even 30 seconds thinking about how vulnerable we are to identity theft?  Especially when no one knows what to do and it sounds like a hideously painful process to actually go through. It’s been in the...

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Being Mindful With Your Money

Here's a link to an article I wrote about financial mindfulness - paying attention to your money and how it's working for you. Enjoy! http://essentiallivingmaine.com/being-mindful-with-your-money/

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Financial advice for parents

As a parent of four young children myself, I'm very sensitive to the variety of needs pulling at our families' limited resources. To try to help parents navigate through, I wrote an article on that topic which is published in the new issue of Essential Living Maine...

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Balancing Priorities for Parents

As originally published in Essential Living Maine, September/October 2016 Being a parent is tough on so many levels – there never seems to be enough time, money or sleep. With kids at home come so many important priorities pulling at ourselves and our resources. If...

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Financial Mindfulness

As originally published in Essential Living Maine, July/August 2016 Talk about mindfulness is everywhere now. Exercise, food, even parenting – we can be mindful in nearly every aspect of our lives. We can also be mindful of our money. If you’re not making active...

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Starting an Emergency Fund

Remember how in my first post I told you that living within your means refers to not only easily paying your regular expenses, but also putting some money aside every month?  This is where we’re going to talk about setting yourself up with a financial cushion to...

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