One-on-One Coaching with Yael

When we struggle, we get stuck in our head and hear nothing but our negative self-talk.
It is so easy to believe the darkness that mascarades as the truth, yet with the right skills, we can learn how to tell the difference.

I help disarm guilt, postpartum depression, and anxiety, by teaching Permission Based Healing: the Gentle Art of Self-Kindness, served with communication skills that help families thrive.

Most of this work happens in groups, but not everybody wants group work. For some people, one-on-one coaching is the right fit, which is lovely, because I adore the closeness of one-on-one work.  And as some of my events are for moms-only, one-on-one work also allows me to work with dads and other relatives.

My coaching covers two realms: self-kindness skills and parenting communication skills. As parents, we need both because having the right communication skills reduces the occasions of things blowing up in our face, which means less guilt, less suffering, and more kindness for everybody involved.

In my darkest hour, Yael helped me find the beauty in the breakdown. With her guidance I was able to forgive myself for my challenges and focus on learning the skills that helped me become the capable mother, the loving partner, and the vibrant person I want to be.”

~Robin Farr,  (@FarewellStrangr on Twitter). Blog: farewellstranger.com

Coaching sessions are conversations in which I listen intently and catch you every time you do something right; then I hand it back to you, so you can revel in all the ways that you already rock, but don’t usually notice (I am willing to bet a whole night’s sleep that you rock so hard, you’re a diamond! But your PPDemons, other people’s expectations, and old stories make it so hard to see that you already are a magnificent mother/woman or father/man, of course). 

My job is to share skills that turn dark caves into tunnels, tunnels that can be crossed safely. I have walked this darkness before, and now I bring candles and matches, flashlights and maps. It is a deep honor to hold your hand on the journey to find light (and yes, even joy) at the end of the tunnel. Together we will reframe the stories and establish new support structures and healthy patterns. As I introduce new skills, we start with training wheels, and soon you’ll “get it”, and can go off on your own.

Yael’s magic is subtle. It’s not about one magic bullet, there were so many “aha” moments, and a huge shift in my thinking: away from being stuck in guilt and blame and should-ing on myself to a more healthy, balanced, inquisitive me. So much of my pain was other people’s “stuff” and expectations. When my husband lost his mother, when I went back to work (finally!), when I struggled to balance being a working mother/wife while starting a craft business, I found that Yael’s Permission-Based Healing concepts transformed me. Now it was ok to feel torn, it is absolutely ok to be wherever I am really at. Yael does work magic. But it’s the best kind of magic – because it is real, its sticks around, and it changes everything. Thank you Yael, your work is truly life transforming.”

~ Susan, mother of a 2yo boy, Ithaca, NY.

My coaching, like my parenting, is designed to make me unnecessary. Just like I want to teach my kids all the skills they need to thrive without me, so when they grow up they will come to visit because they enjoy my company, not because they need to use the laundry machine. So when you work with me, you get the skills you need, you learn how to always maintain access to your power, and when you’re ready, let go of my hand.

Most of my clients are parents, some of them intimately familiar with anxiety and depression. Coaching can be done by phone or by skype, and if you are in my neck of the woods (Ithaca, NY), we can arrange to meet each other in real life.

The skills of the Gentle Art of Self-Kindness:

  • Disarming your demons (PPDemons or other monsters): fighting demons only feeds them. I will teach you how to interact with them consciously. That’s what Permission-Based Healing is all about.
  • Disarming anxiety: with practical tools that help you see outside the scary stories in your head, quell the alarming physical sensations, and get you back into your senses (literally: the more senses you use, the less power your anxiety has).
  • Disarming and harvesting guilt: guilt nearly killed me, so it’s no surprise I made it my mission in life to disarm it. I teach an 8 week class about this very subject, see the UnGuilt Trip class  page.
  • Self-kindness through hard times: when you are between a rock and a hard place, the last thing you need is to beat yourself up. Yet we all do it. And we don’t have to. Self-kindness through good times: when things are finally going well, are you enjoying it or stressing about when the other shoe might drop?  Self-kindness through setbacks: recovery is full of setbacks, darnit!  And they hurt like a you know what. How you treat yourself during a setback makes the difference between a pothole and the abyss. The Rainy Days Letter series is all about this.
  • Reconnecting with your body: You will learn how to use simple movements, breathing patterns, and gentle rubbing of pressure points to reconnect and ground you to your body for times when your demons have hijacked your mind.
  • Finding and befriending your inner wise woman (or man). Yes,  she (or he) is in there. More about this here.
  • Normalizing medications for those who are taking antidepressants under the supervision of a medical professional: we will be taking the stigma and the sense of failure out of the equation, so you can get out of your own way and let these meds help you heal. We will NOT be talking about what meds to take (or how much or when), because this is between you and your healthcare provider. We will just clear up any self-judgment residue in your attitude about them.

After only a few weeks of coaching with Yael, the difference in myself is easy to notice. I’m a perfectionist and an A student, and the first year of motherhood knocked me on my butt. Finding Yael’s philosophy of Permission-Based Healing was a turning point. I kept coming back to this blog over and over again, and it never failed to provide me with comfort. I found strength in implementing Yael’s ideas in my life, and coaching took it to the next level. With her amazing combination of compassionate listening and expert teaching, Yael both helps me to accept myself where I am right now and gives me the skills in self-kindness and interpersonal communication that allow me to move forward towards the me I want to be. Our sessions are truly the highlight of my week.”

~ Story (@story3girl on twitter), Pittsburgh. Blog: hardtomommy.blogspot.com,

Skills for effective parenting:

  • Parent Talk: based on the book and program by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haler, this set of parenting communication skills made all the difference in our family: from toddler wars to clear and loving communications. This method was so transformative that I traveled to study with Chick and Thomas and became a certified Parent Talk facilitator.
  • Parenting to meet needs rather than expectations: if much of your parenting is influenced by what other people might think, I bet you find yourself in painful and rather impossible situations. Relationships with extended family members get strained, and you might experience feeling a lack of integrity and direction in your parenting. This skill is about identifying what’s most important to you and your beloveds, finding your own clarity of how to respond in sticky/scary/exacerbating situations, and  maintaining healthy boundaries with those you feel judged by.
  • Adding the mama’s needs to the family equation: in many families the perceived needs of the kids are what drives the allocation of time and resources, and the parents’ needs (especially the mother’s need for  things like rest, privacy, self care, or self expression, not to mention access to food while it’s still hot) are utterly ignored. The trouble with this model is that it is not only unsustainable, it actually does the whole family a disservice. Aiming to meet the needs of all family members is not just a revolutionary idea, it’s also the way to establish a healthy family culture in which everybody thrives.
  • Helping older children adjust to the birth of a new sibling:  parents can do much to help an older child feel emotionally safe during this transition in ways that prevent violence towards the baby, and sooth the mama’s guilt. These skills will also help prevent sibling rivalry from becoming a growing problem when the children are older.
  • Disarming sibling rivalry: nothing is more painful than watching your children hurt each other emotionally or physically. Helping your children feel secure in your love enough so they can access their love for each other is one of the most rewarding investments you can make in your family.
  • Other parenting challenges I love to help with: disarming volatile situations like toddler tantrums, power-struggles, easing the morning rush craziness (see Jenny’s testimonial below), and getting kids to contribute around the house.
  • Parenting skills I’m NOT teaching: getting your baby to sleep through the night (I was excruciating ineffective at that one). Toilet training in three days. How to get your child to eat vegetables. I am, however, fully equipped to support you in enduring and coping with such challenges.

The Parent Talk principles I learned from Yael made a huge difference in my relationship with my younger child. He used to have very violent tantrums, and I was powerless to protect his older brother. I was resentful of him, felt guilty for my anger and shame for my inability to control a three year old boy. Yael taught me how to give him choices that avoid head-on power struggles and set loving boundaries that give me my power back. The best part is that I learned how to parent effectively without disempowering him at all. On the contrary, he is so much happier these days. Also, I no longer see taking time for myself to rest or to make art as selfish things. Without this guilt, I’ve been carving time and space for my creativity: painting and even making jewelry again.”

~Edna, Mother of 2 boys: 3 and 5, Ithaca, NY.

When we started working with Yael, our focus was learning the Parent Talk communication skills, aiming to reduce frustrations for our two year old girl. We were very impressed with the results. Then we experienced a traumatic late-term pregnancy loss, and the focus of our work shifted to Permission-Based Healing and self-kindness. Yael helped us find comfort in a time of grief, and showed my wife and I ways to be kind and supportive of each other during one of  the hardest times of our lives.”

~ Mika’s dad, Brooklyn, NY.

My parenting support work draws from my Parent Talk training, and is also heavily (and happily) influenced by the ideas of many authors and thinkers, especially Kim John Payn (Simplicity Parenting), and Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk) and Alfie Kohn (Unconditional Parenting).

My Self Kindness work draws from the wisdom of Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), The Work of Byron Katie, Abraham Low (Recovery International), Havi Brooks (The Fluent Self), and Hiro Boga, among others. See the left sidebar for links to works by these brilliant minds. This is what Havi had to say about my work:

Yael’s Permission-Based healing work is really important whether you have kids or not. Yael is kind, curious, committed and wonderfully creative. I know she really and truly cares about safe spaces and internal process. Plus she does UnGuilt Trips. Yay!”

~ Havi Brooks, author of the The Fluent Self 


How coaching works:

We start with a free 15-minute phone exploration session to determine the focus and structure of our work together (see the initial session questionare below). If we sense a good fit, we’ll make appointments for full sessions. Calls can be recorded so you can listen to them again later or share with a loved one. It’s your call, (literally!), and of course we don’t have to record anything if you don’t want to.
If you are in Ithaca, we can arrange to meet face to face.

How much?

After your free exploration session, you can decide if you want to purchase individual 50 minute sessions or coaching packages.
Individual sessions: are $80 each
Coaching packages:
3 sessions: $210 (that’s $70 per session)
7 sessions for the price of 6: $455 (that’s $65 per session).
Timeframe: 3 session packages are good for 6 weeks.
7 session packages are good for 15 weeks.

Form of payment: I prefer PayPal. You don’t need to have a PayPal account, any major credit card can be securely processed through PayPal.
I am open to barter for the following services: Tech support, HTML coding and WordPress wrangling, graphic design, illustration & photography, and virtual assistant services. If you are local to Ithaca we can explore other options, so if you have any useful skills or products you would like to exchange for coaching, let me know. I might not go for it, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

Very important!
Coaching with me is not therapy or medical advice.

My work is all about social support and teaching emotional and social skills. I share everything I learned in my journey of recovery from my PPD driven suicide attempt 7 years ago, the skills and tools that took me from being utterly miserable to becoming the (mostly) happy mama that I am today. But I am no doctor or therapist. I have no medical or mental health qualifications. You should have  an ongoing relationship with a trusted medical professional if you are suffering from depression and/or anxiety.

Also, just to be clear: yes, I can teach these skills, but this doesn’t mean that I always get them perfectly right in my own life. I wish I could tell you I never yell at my kids or fight with my husband, but having these skills means that I never feel so cornered that I have to scream. In the depth of my depression, I used to feel like a trapped and wounded animal. Now, even on bad days, even during setbacks and life’s challenges like illnesses and accidents (tfu! tfu! tfu!), I operate from the deep trust that even in situations I have no power over, I am far from powerless: Permission-Based Healing and Self-Kindness are all about maintaining access to my power exactly in the situations which I have no power over, and this is exactly what I want to teach every parent (make that every person) who is willing to do the emotional work that is required to learn this. Check out my This I Believe page for more on that.

To schedule your free 20 minutes exploration session with me, please answer these three questions.

You may use the comment box below, or for more privacy, just copy and paste the questions into a regular email to ppdttojoy {at} gmail {dot} com.

1. What challenges are pestering you?
What are the things that trouble you these days? Please rank them in the order of importance.

2. Which of the above skills is/are calling your name?

3.  What are things like at home these days?
How old are the kids? Do you have any help? Is DH supportive, challenging, or both? Do you have a doctor or therapist that you trust? How much sleep are you getting? Tell me a bit about you, your family, and if you are struggling with PPD, a bit about that too.

Your answers to these questions don’t need to be long, just give me enough basic information so we can make better use of our time on the phone together. 

And as always, whether you choose to work with me or not, I love you so much just for being here and reading this. May the joy be with you.

More Testimonials:

Coaching with Yael is such a sweet experience. She is so gentle yet very effective. I felt very comfortable on the phone with her, I was able to discuss things I’m sometimes intimidated to talk about face to face with my therapist. I love that coaching is not about talking about the past, that we focus on solving specific and current problems. Yael’s suggestions for improving the mad mornings rush in my home are effective and comforting. I no longer feel like a drill-sergeant barking orders at my older daughter, and the best part is that this more loving attitude diffuses power struggles and actually gets us out the door faster.”

~Jenny, (@jenrenpody on twitter), Port Washington, WI

Every time I talk to Yael, I walk away from our conversation feeling so much more comfortable in my own skin. She creates an utterly safe emotional environment, and with her guidance I experience my own ability and power to replace my fears and worries with patterns of self-kindness and trust. Yes, I may be flawed, vulnerable and fully human, but I am learning how to be compassionate and forgiving toward myself in intelligent ways. I wish every mother in the world had access to Yael’s teachings. It is such a blessing to interact with my worries about motherhood and learn these self-kindness skills before becoming a mother myself.”

~Simone, (@SimoneThinks on twitter) Brooklyn, NY,

I greatly appreciated Yael’s gentle and nurturing approach. She is skilled at creating a safe space for expression of all kinds. Yael’s insight and perceptions helped me find my own clarity and inner wisdom, and the simple Parent-Talk suggestions have deepened my connection with my 5 year old girl and reduced our conflicts, which helps reduce my guilt after separating from her father. I recommend Yael’s coaching to any mama struggling with the challenges of motherhood.”

~ Sarah, Ithaca, NY.

Before talking to Yael, I was focusing more on what I was doing wrong than what I was doing right. It is much easier to learn new skills when I come from a place of trust, and giving myself credit where it’s due is huge.  Yael made me feel so safe and supported. I love that her suggestions were a combination of things I already have access to, as well as new skills that I can acquire at my own pace.”

~Laura E., New Hampshire


 

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One-on-One Coaching with Yael

When we struggle, we get stuck in our head and hear nothing but our negative self-talk.
It is so easy to believe the darkness that mascarades as the truth, yet with the right skills, we can learn how to tell the difference.

I help disarm guilt, postpartum depression, and anxiety, by teaching Permission Based Healing: the Gentle Art of Self-Kindness, served with communication skills that help families thrive.

Most of this work happens in groups, but not everybody wants group work. For some people, one-on-one coaching is the right fit, which is lovely, because I adore the closeness of one-on-one work.  And as some of my events are for moms-only, one-on-one work also allows me to work with dads and other relatives.

My coaching covers two realms: self-kindness skills and parenting communication skills. As parents, we need both because having the right communication skills reduces the occasions of things blowing up in our face, which means less guilt, less suffering, and more kindness for everybody involved.

In my darkest hour, Yael helped me find the beauty in the breakdown. With her guidance I was able to forgive myself for my challenges and focus on learning the skills that helped me become the capable mother, the loving partner, and the vibrant person I want to be.”

~Robin Farr,  (@FarewellStrangr on Twitter). Blog: farewellstranger.com

Coaching sessions are conversations in which I listen intently and catch you every time you do something right; then I hand it back to you, so you can revel in all the ways that you already rock, but don’t usually notice (I am willing to bet a whole night’s sleep that you rock so hard, you’re a diamond! But your PPDemons, other people’s expectations, and old stories make it so hard to see that you already are a magnificent mother/woman or father/man, of course). 

My job is to share skills that turn dark caves into tunnels, tunnels that can be crossed safely. I have walked this darkness before, and now I bring candles and matches, flashlights and maps. It is a deep honor to hold your hand on the journey to find light (and yes, even joy) at the end of the tunnel. Together we will reframe the stories and establish new support structures and healthy patterns. As I introduce new skills, we start with training wheels, and soon you’ll “get it”, and can go off on your own.

Yael’s magic is subtle. It’s not about one magic bullet, there were so many “aha” moments, and a huge shift in my thinking: away from being stuck in guilt and blame and should-ing on myself to a more healthy, balanced, inquisitive me. So much of my pain was other people’s “stuff” and expectations. When my husband lost his mother, when I went back to work (finally!), when I struggled to balance being a working mother/wife while starting a craft business, I found that Yael’s Permission-Based Healing concepts transformed me. Now it was ok to feel torn, it is absolutely ok to be wherever I am really at. Yael does work magic. But it’s the best kind of magic – because it is real, its sticks around, and it changes everything. Thank you Yael, your work is truly life transforming.”

~ Susan, mother of a 2yo boy, Ithaca, NY.

My coaching, like my parenting, is designed to make me unnecessary. Just like I want to teach my kids all the skills they need to thrive without me, so when they grow up they will come to visit because they enjoy my company, not because they need to use the laundry machine. So when you work with me, you get the skills you need, you learn how to always maintain access to your power, and when you’re ready, let go of my hand.

Most of my clients are parents, some of them intimately familiar with anxiety and depression. Coaching can be done by phone or by skype, and if you are in my neck of the woods (Ithaca, NY), we can arrange to meet each other in real life.

The skills of the Gentle Art of Self-Kindness:

  • Disarming your demons (PPDemons or other monsters): fighting demons only feeds them. I will teach you how to interact with them consciously. That’s what Permission-Based Healing is all about.
  • Disarming anxiety: with practical tools that help you see outside the scary stories in your head, quell the alarming physical sensations, and get you back into your senses (literally: the more senses you use, the less power your anxiety has).
  • Disarming and harvesting guilt: guilt nearly killed me, so it’s no surprise I made it my mission in life to disarm it. I teach an 8 week class about this very subject, see the UnGuilt Trip class  page.
  • Self-kindness through hard times: when you are between a rock and a hard place, the last thing you need is to beat yourself up. Yet we all do it. And we don’t have to. Self-kindness through good times: when things are finally going well, are you enjoying it or stressing about when the other shoe might drop?  Self-kindness through setbacks: recovery is full of setbacks, darnit!  And they hurt like a you know what. How you treat yourself during a setback makes the difference between a pothole and the abyss. The Rainy Days Letter series is all about this.
  • Reconnecting with your body: You will learn how to use simple movements, breathing patterns, and gentle rubbing of pressure points to reconnect and ground you to your body for times when your demons have hijacked your mind.
  • Finding and befriending your inner wise woman (or man). Yes,  she (or he) is in there. More about this here.
  • Normalizing medications for those who are taking antidepressants under the supervision of a medical professional: we will be taking the stigma and the sense of failure out of the equation, so you can get out of your own way and let these meds help you heal. We will NOT be talking about what meds to take (or how much or when), because this is between you and your healthcare provider. We will just clear up any self-judgment residue in your attitude about them.

After only a few weeks of coaching with Yael, the difference in myself is easy to notice. I’m a perfectionist and an A student, and the first year of motherhood knocked me on my butt. Finding Yael’s philosophy of Permission-Based Healing was a turning point. I kept coming back to this blog over and over again, and it never failed to provide me with comfort. I found strength in implementing Yael’s ideas in my life, and coaching took it to the next level. With her amazing combination of compassionate listening and expert teaching, Yael both helps me to accept myself where I am right now and gives me the skills in self-kindness and interpersonal communication that allow me to move forward towards the me I want to be. Our sessions are truly the highlight of my week.”

~ Story (@story3girl on twitter), Pittsburgh. Blog: hardtomommy.blogspot.com,

Skills for effective parenting:

  • Parent Talk: based on the book and program by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haler, this set of parenting communication skills made all the difference in our family: from toddler wars to clear and loving communications. This method was so transformative that I traveled to study with Chick and Thomas and became a certified Parent Talk facilitator.
  • Parenting to meet needs rather than expectations: if much of your parenting is influenced by what other people might think, I bet you find yourself in painful and rather impossible situations. Relationships with extended family members get strained, and you might experience feeling a lack of integrity and direction in your parenting. This skill is about identifying what’s most important to you and your beloveds, finding your own clarity of how to respond in sticky/scary/exacerbating situations, and  maintaining healthy boundaries with those you feel judged by.
  • Adding the mama’s needs to the family equation: in many families the perceived needs of the kids are what drives the allocation of time and resources, and the parents’ needs (especially the mother’s need for  things like rest, privacy, self care, or self expression, not to mention access to food while it’s still hot) are utterly ignored. The trouble with this model is that it is not only unsustainable, it actually does the whole family a disservice. Aiming to meet the needs of all family members is not just a revolutionary idea, it’s also the way to establish a healthy family culture in which everybody thrives.
  • Helping older children adjust to the birth of a new sibling:  parents can do much to help an older child feel emotionally safe during this transition in ways that prevent violence towards the baby, and sooth the mama’s guilt. These skills will also help prevent sibling rivalry from becoming a growing problem when the children are older.
  • Disarming sibling rivalry: nothing is more painful than watching your children hurt each other emotionally or physically. Helping your children feel secure in your love enough so they can access their love for each other is one of the most rewarding investments you can make in your family.
  • Other parenting challenges I love to help with: disarming volatile situations like toddler tantrums, power-struggles, easing the morning rush craziness (see Jenny’s testimonial below), and getting kids to contribute around the house.
  • Parenting skills I’m NOT teaching: getting your baby to sleep through the night (I was excruciating ineffective at that one). Toilet training in three days. How to get your child to eat vegetables. I am, however, fully equipped to support you in enduring and coping with such challenges.

The Parent Talk principles I learned from Yael made a huge difference in my relationship with my younger child. He used to have very violent tantrums, and I was powerless to protect his older brother. I was resentful of him, felt guilty for my anger and shame for my inability to control a three year old boy. Yael taught me how to give him choices that avoid head-on power struggles and set loving boundaries that give me my power back. The best part is that I learned how to parent effectively without disempowering him at all. On the contrary, he is so much happier these days. Also, I no longer see taking time for myself to rest or to make art as selfish things. Without this guilt, I’ve been carving time and space for my creativity: painting and even making jewelry again.”

~Edna, Mother of 2 boys: 3 and 5, Ithaca, NY.

When we started working with Yael, our focus was learning the Parent Talk communication skills, aiming to reduce frustrations for our two year old girl. We were very impressed with the results. Then we experienced a traumatic late-term pregnancy loss, and the focus of our work shifted to Permission-Based Healing and self-kindness. Yael helped us find comfort in a time of grief, and showed my wife and I ways to be kind and supportive of each other during one of  the hardest times of our lives.”

~ Mika’s dad, Brooklyn, NY.

My parenting support work draws from my Parent Talk training, and is also heavily (and happily) influenced by the ideas of many authors and thinkers, especially Kim John Payn (Simplicity Parenting), and Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk) and Alfie Kohn (Unconditional Parenting).

My Self Kindness work draws from the wisdom of Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), The Work of Byron Katie, Abraham Low (Recovery International), Havi Brooks (The Fluent Self), and Hiro Boga, among others. See the left sidebar for links to works by these brilliant minds. This is what Havi had to say about my work:

Yael’s Permission-Based healing work is really important whether you have kids or not. Yael is kind, curious, committed and wonderfully creative. I know she really and truly cares about safe spaces and internal process. Plus she does UnGuilt Trips. Yay!”

~ Havi Brooks, author of the The Fluent Self 


How coaching works:

We start with a free 15-minute phone exploration session to determine the focus and structure of our work together (see the initial session questionare below). If we sense a good fit, we’ll make appointments for full sessions. Calls can be recorded so you can listen to them again later or share with a loved one. It’s your call, (literally!), and of course we don’t have to record anything if you don’t want to.
If you are in Ithaca, we can arrange to meet face to face.

How much?

After your free exploration session, you can decide if you want to purchase individual 50 minute sessions or coaching packages.
Individual sessions: are $80 each
Coaching packages:
3 sessions: $210 (that’s $70 per session)
7 sessions for the price of 6: $455 (that’s $65 per session).
Timeframe: 3 session packages are good for 6 weeks.
7 session packages are good for 15 weeks.

Form of payment: I prefer PayPal. You don’t need to have a PayPal account, any major credit card can be securely processed through PayPal.
I am open to barter for the following services: Tech support, HTML coding and WordPress wrangling, graphic design, illustration & photography, and virtual assistant services. If you are local to Ithaca we can explore other options, so if you have any useful skills or products you would like to exchange for coaching, let me know. I might not go for it, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

Very important!
Coaching with me is not therapy or medical advice.

My work is all about social support and teaching emotional and social skills. I share everything I learned in my journey of recovery from my PPD driven suicide attempt 7 years ago, the skills and tools that took me from being utterly miserable to becoming the (mostly) happy mama that I am today. But I am no doctor or therapist. I have no medical or mental health qualifications. You should have  an ongoing relationship with a trusted medical professional if you are suffering from depression and/or anxiety.

Also, just to be clear: yes, I can teach these skills, but this doesn’t mean that I always get them perfectly right in my own life. I wish I could tell you I never yell at my kids or fight with my husband, but having these skills means that I never feel so cornered that I have to scream. In the depth of my depression, I used to feel like a trapped and wounded animal. Now, even on bad days, even during setbacks and life’s challenges like illnesses and accidents (tfu! tfu! tfu!), I operate from the deep trust that even in situations I have no power over, I am far from powerless: Permission-Based Healing and Self-Kindness are all about maintaining access to my power exactly in the situations which I have no power over, and this is exactly what I want to teach every parent (make that every person) who is willing to do the emotional work that is required to learn this. Check out my This I Believe page for more on that.

To schedule your free 20 minutes exploration session with me, please answer these three questions.

You may use the comment box below, or for more privacy, just copy and paste the questions into a regular email to ppdttojoy {at} gmail {dot} com.

1. What challenges are pestering you?
What are the things that trouble you these days? Please rank them in the order of importance.

2. Which of the above skills is/are calling your name?

3.  What are things like at home these days?
How old are the kids? Do you have any help? Is DH supportive, challenging, or both? Do you have a doctor or therapist that you trust? How much sleep are you getting? Tell me a bit about you, your family, and if you are struggling with PPD, a bit about that too.

Your answers to these questions don’t need to be long, just give me enough basic information so we can make better use of our time on the phone together. 

And as always, whether you choose to work with me or not, I love you so much just for being here and reading this. May the joy be with you.

More Testimonials:

Coaching with Yael is such a sweet experience. She is so gentle yet very effective. I felt very comfortable on the phone with her, I was able to discuss things I’m sometimes intimidated to talk about face to face with my therapist. I love that coaching is not about talking about the past, that we focus on solving specific and current problems. Yael’s suggestions for improving the mad mornings rush in my home are effective and comforting. I no longer feel like a drill-sergeant barking orders at my older daughter, and the best part is that this more loving attitude diffuses power struggles and actually gets us out the door faster.”

~Jenny, (@jenrenpody on twitter), Port Washington, WI

Every time I talk to Yael, I walk away from our conversation feeling so much more comfortable in my own skin. She creates an utterly safe emotional environment, and with her guidance I experience my own ability and power to replace my fears and worries with patterns of self-kindness and trust. Yes, I may be flawed, vulnerable and fully human, but I am learning how to be compassionate and forgiving toward myself in intelligent ways. I wish every mother in the world had access to Yael’s teachings. It is such a blessing to interact with my worries about motherhood and learn these self-kindness skills before becoming a mother myself.”

~Simone, (@SimoneThinks on twitter) Brooklyn, NY,

I greatly appreciated Yael’s gentle and nurturing approach. She is skilled at creating a safe space for expression of all kinds. Yael’s insight and perceptions helped me find my own clarity and inner wisdom, and the simple Parent-Talk suggestions have deepened my connection with my 5 year old girl and reduced our conflicts, which helps reduce my guilt after separating from her father. I recommend Yael’s coaching to any mama struggling with the challenges of motherhood.”

~ Sarah, Ithaca, NY.

Before talking to Yael, I was focusing more on what I was doing wrong than what I was doing right. It is much easier to learn new skills when I come from a place of trust, and giving myself credit where it’s due is huge.  Yael made me feel so safe and supported. I love that her suggestions were a combination of things I already have access to, as well as new skills that I can acquire at my own pace.”

~Laura E., New Hampshire


 

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