Get Past Your Past Continues to Grow with Coaching and Podcasts

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The New York City company has grown and flourished by meeting the demands of students.

When Susan Elliott launched her NYC company in 2005, she thought it would be a way to teach her "Get Past Your Past"(GPYP) seminars a few times a year through the Learning Annex and accept speaking engagements.    Once abused and abandoned, the former therapist who transformed her life, professionally and personally, wanted to share her secrerts of success with others. As a full time attorney and part time real estate broker, she has little free time but she wanted to share the life-changing program she developed when she was a therapist and graduate student. She originally imagined the undertaking as a small-scale project akin to a hobby.

After a while she realized it was not possible to confine the seminars to a few times a year. Her students clamored for more and as word spread as to how effective the program was, people from outside NYC wanted materials sent to them.

In June 2006, Elliott thought she had the answer by launching a newsletter to answer questions and disseminate motivational materials. But by October she was falling behind in the newsletter. At that time she launched a daily blog and made audio lessons available for download.

The blog has become so successful that she developed a podcast series from her most popular blog posts which help people after a breakup. "From the popularity of the 'After the Breakup' posts, I realized that so many people who were visiting the blog were struggling with loss." As a certified grief counselor who did much of her academic work on grief and loss, she developed the free podcast "Moving On" series and posted it on her blog. She is now working on more podcasts, a book about moving on after a breakup as well as putting the finishing touches on her Get Past Your Past book. She hopes to publish both books this year. "If the program was less successful, I could have finished both books by now, but I shouldn't complain."

But the requests for individual answers continued so she developed a personal coaching program for those who want to work the program with her guidance and support. Because the demand for that is so high she is now developing a "coaching for coaches" certification program which will teach coaches and therapists the GPYP program and how to work with it. "I think that if a coach or therapist wants a great program that will help any of their clients, GPYP is the way to go." Additionally she will be referring her students to certified coaches.

For those in the NYC area, they can still attend the live seminars and she still accepts engagements as a motivational speaker all over the country. "The program is more successful and more wide-spread than I imagined." Still her favorite thing is to speak in front of groups and conduct the live classes. The next one is being held April 21st in NYC. Visit GPYP on the web at and


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