My friend, Elly Taylor, is an Australian relationship counselor, author of the book Becoming Us, and founder of an organization of the same name, which she created to teach professionals and support mothers and their partners. Both the book and organization’s mission is to help the mother and partner navigate the peaks and valleys of the parenting journey via 8 essential steps that Becoming Us as “map, compass and travel guide all in one.”
Elly and I have a bunch of things in common. We are both postpartum depression (PPD) survivors and book authors (though hers is award winning). We were both blindsided by PPD and the challenges of parenting. We are both members of Postpartum Support International. Elly loves NYC (where I’ve spent the last 30 years working) as much as if not more than I love Sydney (where she lives). She is fortunate enough to be out here in NYC each year for the past 4 years on Becoming Us-related reasons; whereas, I’ve been back to Sydney 3x in the past 22 years (I so wish I could return more often!).
Elly will be here in the states for her “Seed Planting” workshop tour in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and New York City. For the complete schedule and how to register, click here. If you live near those areas and are a couple or family therapist, birth professional, infant or child mental health professional, and anyone else who works with expecting, new or not so new parent, sign up for Elly’s 2-hour interactive seed-planting workshop.
The training will teach you:
- how the groundbreaking research- and evidence-based Becoming Us approach can support you to work with mothers/fathers/partners to navigate the different transitions to parenthood, reduce risks for postpartum mood disorders, and support families to thrive
- what the transitions are (there are more than 8!), how they can negatively impact mothers and their families
- how to plant Becoming Us “seeds” that reduce risk for the most common parenthood problems including perinatal mental health issues and relationship distress
- how you can apply the model to your work with parents at any stage of their family life cycle
Additionally, she will hold a breakout session/seminar at this year’s Postpartum Support International conference in Portland, Oregon. It will take place on June 30th from 9am-noon. See the PSI Conference website for more details about the conference and how to register.