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The breakup coach: Sometimes ice cream and Alanis aren’t enough

I just want to call him. That's a phrase Susan J. Elliott heard from a client just this week -- and one she hears most weeks. Newly single women will time and again try to get permission from her to call their ex. That's because the former therapist is a new breed of personal motivator: The breakup coach.

There is no shortage of professed wisdom on getting through heartbreak: There are women's magazines, advice columnists, self-help books and, of course, the cliche Sunday brunch proclamations of "you deserve better." That's not to mention the prescriptions of a Katherine Heigl movie, a tub of ice cream and some "Jagged Little Pill" karaoke. And yet, enough people still find themselves in search of post-breakup help that Elliott now does breakup coaching full-time and has clients the world over. It was recently rumored, and totally unsubstantiated, that Katy Perry paid a high-priced breakup coach to get over her ex-husband Russell Brand.

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