PRESS RELEASE—January 26, 2017; SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ADVICE FROM MOM brings you self-actualized dating advice
Today Advice from Mom releases its second episode, focused entirely on dating. This episode is an amazing collection of romantic wisdom from a professional matchmaker, a dating podcaster, and a single mother who has seen it all. The episode is anchored by the advice of Momma B, a therapist mother from Pittsburgh "on a one-woman mission to mother a mentally healthy world". The show is hosted by her daughter Rebecca, who simultaneously supports and prods her mother, like only a daughter can.
This podcast provides a much-needed dose of motherly affection and advice for anyone in search of their soulmate or a better view on their own soul.
Advice from Mom is a cross-country advice podcast between a psychologist mom and her designer daughter. Each month, they tackle some of life's big questions with a variety of expert guests. This month they explore dating from three perspectives: providing advice for those who miss the puppy love of younger years, for those who feel misunderstood while dating, and for those who are looking to make a friendship into a romance.
The podcast host and producer, Rebecca Garza-Bortman and her mom, licensed psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Skibinski-Bortman, PhD, thoughtfully and warmly discuss problems that many people have in their search for love. She is the mom that everyone, even moms, need right now. The affection between the two shines through as they earnestly take on their listeners’ questions.
This episode’s second opinions include Lisa Podell, a former matchmaker for The Dating Ring, founder of Better Sessions, and Free Advice Girl and Charlie Beckerman, the creator of the podcast Serial Dater, one-half of Fashion It So, the Internet's premiere Star Trek: The Next Generation fashion blog, and writer for Bustle.com.
About Advice from Mom
This podcast is founded on the belief that we need our mothers like we never have before. Not just our own mothers, but the mothers of the world. Once upon a time, advice from elders was easy to come by. Large families lived in one place and you knew all your neighbors. Now generations are divided by physical distance and an ever-widening technological gap. New ways of communicating leave older generations behind and divert our attention away from them. Why ask your parents when you can Google it? Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, so we’re digitizing good old-fashioned Advice from Mom. The podcast will continue through 2017, with each episode tackling a different subject. The next topic is working woes and career traumas. Anyone can submit a question at advicefrom.mom/request.
This podcast is for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer diagnosis or treatment of any medical or psychological condition. All treatment decisions should be made in partnership with a health professional.
About Momma B, Elizabeth Skibinski-Bortman, PhD
For more than thirty years, Dr. Elizabeth Skibinski-Bortman has worked with individuals, families and corporate clients as a therapist, teacher and public speaker. Dr. Elizabeth, licensed psychologist and family therapist, approaches listeners’ concerns in the broader context of family, work and social environments. Guiding them through an assessment of their circumstance, she helps people understand the important roles that others play in their emotional lives and encourages them to explore their options so they can take action, change and grow.
Dr. Elizabeth has a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Learning & Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her externship in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. She now lives in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where she has her own private practice. In her free time, she enjoys playing Scrabble, Zumba, and a miniaturized tennis-like sport called Pickleball.
About The Host, Rebecca Garza-Bortman
Rebecca Garza-Bortman is a designer, musician, and host of the podcast, Advice from Mom, living in San Francisco. She has spent the past ten years working in San Francisco’s tech and music scenes. She led YouTube’s first visual redesign initiative before joining MasterClass as their first employee and designer. In addition to designing the platform’s user experience and brand, Rebecca worked on the company’s first three classes, where she was inspired by the practical wisdom of famous masters like Dustin Hoffman and Serena Williams. She helped the co-founders build their team to 30 employees before starting her own company, Wise Ones. Wise Ones collects diverse life advice and distributes it in personalized podcasts. Advice from Mom is the company’s first public podcast.
Rebecca is at just the right place in life to create this podcast: young enough to relate to twenty-somethings, but old enough to see herself in her mother’s shoes. As a woman contemplating motherhood herself, she can’t help but examine more closely society’s relationship to mothers. As a young person in a youth-obsessed culture, she has the power now to set a precedent and treat her elders as she hopes to be treated one day.
As a singer, Rebecca has fronted the indie bands My First Earthquake and Happy Fangs. She now makes music with her husband, Bryan Garza as Love, Jerks. In September 2015, Rebecca and Bryan performed their own rock opera wedding, featured in Entertainment Tonight, The New York Times, and GQ. She's a proud Pittsburgher and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design with a minor in creative writing.
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Publicist, Wise Ones Advice Services
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PRESS RELEASE—DECEMBER 22, 2016; SAN FRANCISCO, CA
NEW PODCAST, “ADVICE FROM MOM,” IS THE REMEDY FOR POLITICALLY-DIVIDED HOLIDAY HOUSEHOLDS
Today “Advice from Mom,” launches a new bonus episode, providing a much-needed dose of motherly affection when many people are headed home to difficult political conversations. Host Rebecca gets advice from two of her family's wise matriarchs, who voted very differently this election season.
“Advice from Mom” is a cross-country advice podcast between a psychologist mom and her designer daughter. Each month, they tackle some of life's big questions with a variety of expert guests. This month they explore coping with a post-election world.
Walking through the streets of San Francisco the day after the election, Rebecca Garza-Bortman saw pain in the faces of her friends and neighbors and wanted to do something about it. All of a sudden she knew just what they needed. They needed her mom. So she put out a call to everyone she knew: “What are your post-election woes? I’ll ask my mom for advice and make a podcast for you.” The result is a podcast in which Garza-Bortman and her mom, licensed psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Skibinski-Bortman, PhD, thoughtfully and warmly discuss problems that many people are having this election season.
From the newly red state of Pennsylvania, Momma B gives maternal advice grounded in her work as a therapist and enlivened by her charm and eccentricity. She is the mom that everyone, even moms, need right now. Across the country in blue state California, Garza-Bortman challenges and pokes fun at her mom like only a daughter can. The affection between the two shines through as they earnestly take on their listeners’ questions.
Garza-Bortman also brings in voices from those within the political sphere for a second opinion. This episode’s second opinions come from former Obama staffer Arun Chaudhary, and former legislative staffer and political campaign manager Ahmad El Najar.