I recently attended a book-launching event in the Rare Books Room of the famous Strand Bookstore in Manhattan. During my conversation with the personable young woman sitting next to me, I asked, “And what do you do?” “I’m a Breakup Coach,” she replied. My jaw dropped. “What in the world is that?” I asked.
She introduced herself as Chelsea Trescott and went on to explain that she provides a much-needed service. “Basically, I counsel people who are in a relationship that is not working and want to end it. Or, I advise people who have experienced a breakup and want to move on to a new and different future.” Based on my fascination with this groundbreaking service, I asked Chelsea if I could interview her. “Of course,” she said, “I’d love that.”
Several weeks later we sat down and I did a 90-minute recorded interview with Chelsea. I began by looking at her educational background. “I have a MFA in nonfiction writing from CalArts in Los Angeles County, California. Afterwards, I entered a PhD program in clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York. Finding this unfulfilling, I spent a year acquiring certification to become a Life Coach and I found that this was exactly what I wanted to do.”
All of this background in writing and relationships segued into an astonishing eureka moment for Chelsea. “I had a flash of insight and said to myself, “I’m a Breakup Coach.” “Did you coin this yourself?” I asked. “Let’s put it this way,” she replied, “No one’s ever heard of it and I was able to get the domain for it. I like it because it’s simple and it works.”
Chelsea Trescott, the Breakup Coach
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN HELPING WITH BREAKUPS?
Here are bulleted highlights of the 90-minute interview – in Chelsea’s own words. All are based on her breakup coaching experience.
WHO DO YOU HELP WITH BREAKUPS?
WHAT CONSTITUTES A BREAKUP?
“The beauty of Breakup Coaching,” says Chelsea, “Is that it’s all over the phone. But I’m going to expand into texting, emailing and Skype.” Or, as Chelsea’s business card says: Chelsea@breakupwme.com.
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