After Overcoming A Disadvantaged Past, She Brings Her Blueprint for Success to New York City Seminars and Workshops

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Described as a cross between Dr. Phil and Judge Judy, this tour-de-force lawyer/therapist teaches others how to overcome adversity and find happiness.

One student likened her to a “cross between Dr. Phil and Judge Judy.” A lawyer who’s also a therapist? A therapist who just happens to be a lawyer? Yes. She is a busy attorney and a former therapist who now brings her blueprint for success to others in a series of New York City seminars and workshops. In the style of those she is compared to, she is a tour-de-force who shoots straight from the hip and tells others what they don't always want to hear.

But the comparisons end there because her story is not one that you hear every day. It’s a story of overcoming a disadvantaged past, leaving abusive and dangerous people and setting off on her own course to chart her own destiny and create a life that most people only dream about.

Susan Elliott began life as a foster child in the Bronx. She thought of herself as a "castoff" and later as a doormat for abusive people. Struggling with a poor self-image and lack of role models, she found herself in a series of increasingly destructive and dangerous situations. As she entered her late 20s, she realized she needed to end a bad relationship and move forward with her life. As a mother of three small children, putting a good life together for her kids became her mission. She threw herself into finding people to talk to, books to read, courses to take and began a long and difficult climb to a new and better life.

Through hard work, perseverance and determination, she pulled herself out of chaos and misery eventually becoming a therapist, a motivational speaker, a writer and an attorney. She is happily married, has great relationships with her children and she holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College where she graduated with High Honors, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; an M.Ed. from Cambridge College; and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Now she teaches others how to live their dreams by bringing her program for success to a series of workshops and seminars entitled “How to Get Past Your Past.”

Even though her law practice demands 60-70 hour work weeks, she still finds time to teach and work with others. Many of her colleagues ask why a busy, successful lawyer spends her time teaching these workshops. She smiles at the question, "I tell them that I love my law practice but I can't pretend my old life didn't exist. I give back because people were there for me when I needed help. I feel I have to be there for others. That is how you show gratitude for what you were given."

Most of her students are at crossroads in their lives, ending relationships or changing careers. Elliott says, “Students tell me that my seminars help them decide what to do and how to do it. That feedback keeps me going through exhausting days and nights.” The feedback is 100% positive and students tell her she’s changed their lives. “They do the work,” she says modestly, “I only give them a blueprint. The rest is up to them.” Still, students find her a mesmerizing speaker and teacher. One student says, “I’ve heard most of this before but what Susan has is credibility. She’s sincere and dynamic, and she knows her stuff. I know she changed her life, and she gives me so much hope that I can change mine.”

She has just finished teaching classes for the Learning Annex and is teaching on February 25th and March 25th in New York City. She will also put her seminars on CDs and DVDs for national distribution. In addition, Elliott is writing a self-help book, "How to Get Past Your Past: the systematic, smart way to health, wealth and happiness" as well as a memoir that details her early struggle and amazing triumph.

For more information go to To schedule an interview with Susan Elliott call:

646-539-8582 or 212-222-7668.


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