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5 Ways to Get Over a Difficult Dating Past and Find a Great Partner

Without resolution, awareness, and acceptance, your relationship history may have a strong influence on your current dating life. With a past that feels heavy, heartbreaking or disappointing, dating in the present may feel very draining and trigger anxiety and fear. Your past has a lot of influence if one of your greatest…

15 Ways to Get a Handle on Life’s Hassles

We’ve all had them — one of “those” days. And for singles, having one of “those” days might include one of “those” dates. Bad days–and the occasional bad date–are unavoidable. Here are 15 effective ways to better handle life’s hassles: 1. Identify your style. Are you a night owl or…

How to Say No to Narcissists and Takers

Does this sound familiar? A friend I’ll call “Ed” kept pushing me to contribute to my school’s alumni fund. The more he called me, the more stubborn I felt that my answer was, “No.” I felt that not only did I lack the money necessary to contribute in order to…

7 Ways to Connect with Your Date

Have you ever struggled to connect on a date? Or felt absolutely nothing sitting across the table from a potential partner? Or have you ever felt a strong connection to someone and believed you were going to get another date, but the feeling was not mutual? Do you have a…

Are You Dating a ‘Chronically Difficult’ Person?

Everyone has bad days. Everyone goes through rough patches. You’ve been there yourself. Someone you care about is overwhelmed or stressed to the point of snippiness and name-calling, or worse, a complete meltdown. It’s surprising and annoying, but you understand. You have compassion. You make an exception because you know…

Move Beyond Casual Dating: 3 Tips for Choosing a Partner You Can Grow With

You met at the right time and everything just fell into place. You’ve dated plenty of other people but it has never felt this right. You’re ready to move past casual dating and take the next step. A big, scary, exciting step. When you find someone you’re ready to take…

15 Ways to Interact in a Crowd — When You Hate Crowds

If you are in a relationship—or want to be—you’re sure to find yourself in a crowd of new people at some point. A friend might drag you to a singles’ mixer, your roommate might host a party with guests you don’t know, or your new partner might bring you to…

5 Ways to Cope with Dating Frustrations

Once you set out to find your ideal match, the search can seem as if it’s taking forever. Impatience and frustration commonly occur once you immerse yourself in dating  — and finding love does not happen as quickly as it has for others. Love may seem within reach, but also…

4 Strategies to Connect with your Desire for Love

It is easy to hope for a more satisfying love life, but are you truly connected to attaining one? Can you imagine yourself in a happy, healthy, and stable relationship? Or do you notice yourself avoiding the answer? Some of my single clients who are looking for a partner can…

4 Ways to Handle Loneliness This Time of Year

While this time of year brings excitement and joy, it also typically brews sadness, loneliness, jealousy, disappointment, and anxiety. These feelings can become especially overwhelming as you reflect on your life circumstances and come to terms with being single. So, why does this season bring up difficult emotions, particularly loneliness? Holidays breed high…