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1:1 with Pepperlaner Susan Trotter, Ph.D.


Susan Trotter with BooksIn our new 1:1 series, we talk to women who are full members in our Pepperlane community about their business and how they use Pepperlane to learn, grow and solve business challenges.

Tell us about your business

I am a Relationship Coach who is passionate about helping people to feel confident and empowered in their lives. I have a special interest in the areas of mindset and communication, with expertise in relationships, divorce and dating.

More specifically, I specialize in helping: 1. People in relationships to strengthen the connection and improve communication; 2. Those who are thinking about or going through divorce to navigate that process with confidence and peace of mind; and 3. Those who want to date and have joyful, healthy relationships to successfully navigate the dating world, both online and in person. I coach individuals and couples, facilitate groups, and love to teach.

Have you always owned this business or what made you decide to start it?

I started my career in clinical psychology and practiced as a therapist for over 20 years before shifting to coaching several years ago. I had planned to practice as a psychologist throughout my career, but life's twists and turns altered that course and I decided to make a shift when I was in my 50's. I loved being a therapist for the first part of my career, and knew that coaching was the right next step as soon as I began exploring the coaching field. I have been fortunate to have developed a thriving practice, and I absolutely love the work I get to do every day!

Pepperlane walks its talk; to build a business for yourself, not by yourself. It is so authentic in terms of its mission and its execution. I love everything about it, and find it to be one of the most generous, inspiring, supportive communities which I have ever been a member of.

We like to say that everyone has a journey to Pepperlane. How do you use Pepperlane as a female entrepreneur balancing business with motherhood?

I attended Pepperlane's very first conference and immediately loved its mission and its leadership team. I am selective about what I dedicate my time to but knew I wanted to get involved with Pepperlane and became a Pepperlane Community Leader early on. I have loved facilitating Boosts, connecting with women on a deeper level, showing up in the community, and getting the support I have needed at times. One of my favorite experiences has been to purposely attend a Boost in order to voice my intention and then be held accountable to take time off last summer and then to take Fridays off this summer. It has been wonderful on so many levels!

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What do you struggle with?

My greatest struggle is always about time. For the first few years of my business, I was so busy working IN it and didn't have enough time to work ON it. I have finally created space to work on my business. Pepperlane has helped me get clarity about it and given me tools to better organize my business. It has also connected me with fabulous women who are members of this group and whom I have since hired to help me. Again, Pepperlane has also encouraged me to take some time off, which helps me to better balance my roles as both mom and business owner.

How can someone best work with you and what is your core product offering?

I offer a complimentary consultation to start with, so that I can learn more about a person's situation and then discuss how I can be most helpful to then. From there, we decide if working together in coaching is the right next step, and I offer coaching to both individuals and couples. I am also a connector and have a huge list of other resources and professionals that I can share with people as needed. People can best connect with me via email at susantrotterphd@gmail.com to schedule the initial consultation. My website is www.susantrotterphd.com and of course, I have a Pepperlane profile with more information as well.

Where can clients learn more about you or purchase a package?

I offer a complimentary consultation to start with, and then have different options for people to choose from. People can choose to do coaching session by session, or select a package of sessions. I also offer an online dating package if people want help with creating and launching an online dating profile.


What's your favorite feature of Pepperlane Membership?

Only 3? ;) The features about Pepperlane that I love best are: 1. The community; 2. The Boosts; and 3. The mission.

Pepperlane was started to support moms who want or have their own businesses. Pepperlane walks its talk: to build a business for yourself, not by yourself. It is so authentic in terms of its mission and its execution. I love everything about it, and find it to be one of the most generous, inspiring, supportive communities which I have ever been a member of. I am proud to be a Pepperlane member and Pepperlane Leader, and love to spread the word about it wherever I can. I recommend that any woman - and especially moms - join Pepperlane to fully experience its magic.

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Written by Team Pepperlane

The Pepperlane team is a group of women who are leaders, entrepreneurs and mothers.

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