How to Be Proactive in Dating (7 Tips From an Expert)

If you’re looking to spark a connection, you have to do more than simply show up for dates (or sit on your sofa fantasizing about your perfect person). If you’ve read my writing before or are a client, you know I don’t recommend following rigid dating rules, but I do believe there is a lot you can do to date with a proactive, empowered, and deliberate approach that leads to more successful outcomes. You have a huge role in the type of partner you attract and pick, as well as how dating scenarios play out.

For seven tips on how to be a more proactive dater, click here to check out my latest article written for www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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“Am I Too Picky?” Part 2: What To Do About It

Did my previous article (on DatingAdvice.com) about 10 signs that you’re too picky resonate with you? If so, it’s time to make some changes to ensure that pickiness isn’t a roadblock to finding and keeping love.  While it’s important and healthy to know your worth, have high standards, and look for partners who demonstrate compatible values, being overly-picky is bound to be costly.

To learn more about how to combat pickiness, click here to check out my latest article written for www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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Getting Over the Fantasy of Dating Someone- eHarmony

How can you handle situations in which you have to let go of someone you were interested in and barely know? Maybe you developed feelings for someone who you chatted with online for a couple of weeks, but then it fizzled prior to actually meeting. Or you were really excited about someone who you went out with a handful of times but it never led to anything serious and your feelings weren’t reciprocated. You may find yourself obsessing, fantasizing and feeling stuck. Getting over someone you didn’t date or someone you didn’t date for very long can still be challenging and emotional.

Click here to read my latest article on eHarmony featuring four strategies to move on from someone you don’t know well, but feel drawn to or interested in.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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8 Ways to Fix a Sexless Relationship

Are you in a sexless relationship or marriage? This term may be defined in different ways, but generally speaks to relationships in which minimal sex occurs (less than once a month) and sex is generally avoided.

Is being in a sexless relationship always a bad thing? What are the consequences? How does a relationship become sexless? What can you do to handle any issues interfering with sexual satisfaction and frequency? How can you better communicate your sexual needs, preferences, and desires and any underlying issues/concerns to your partner?

To learn more about how to handle being in a sexless relationship and to improve sexual intimacy in your relationship/marriage, click here to check out my latest article written for www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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9 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

While there is no such thing as the perfect partner and even healthy, happy relationships have some level of conflict, staying in a toxic relationship is unhealthy and can do significant damage to your mood, mental health, and self-esteem over time.

If you’re in a toxic relationship, it may be challenging to identify the signs because maladaptive behavior and abusive treatment from your partner becomes your norm. Many unhealthy partners are not toxic 100% of the time, so the good times can cause confusion, hope, and overstaying.

Click here to check out my latest article on nine signs your relationship is toxic, abusive, and unhealthy, written for www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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6 Strategies to Increase Vulnerability While Dating- eHarmony

Are the walls you are using for protection actually hindering the development of intimacy and the way you approach dating? Are you going on dates, but hiding who you are because you are scared of rejection?

It’s common to crave a genuine romantic connection, but also allow fear or anxiety to get in the way. This is why learning how to be vulnerable is an important skill for healthy and successful dating. Breaking through your own walls and taking emotional risks may feel anxiety-provoking and frightening, but being vulnerable is the path toward healthy connection.

Click here to read my latest article on eHarmony featuring six strategies to help you be more vulnerable in dating!

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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“Am I Too Picky?” 10 Signs You Are

Having high standards and knowing your worth are important aspects of finding the right partner and making healthy choices in dating. However, there’s a difference between being picky in ways that serve you well and being picky in ways that keep you stuck and single.

So, how do you know if you are too picky? Click here to check out my latest article, written for www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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What Happens When You Meet Your Soulmate (Or the Right Person)

The topic of soulmates can be pretty controversial and confusing. When I was asked to write about soulmates, I wanted to make sure I was offering a reality-based perspective that would actually be helpful in dating and partner selection. The last thing I wanted to do was create more pickiness, doubt, rigid partner requirements or dissatisfaction in the dating world. My goal was to offer concrete signs that the person you picked is a healthy match for you! After all, dating isn’t about finding the one and only perfect person (who doesn’t exist), but rather finding someone who enhances your life, brings you joy, shares similar values, aids you in growing as a person and complements who you are!

Click here to learn more about what happens when you meet the right person, featured on www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships. 

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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How to Fix a Broken Relationship

Having relationship issues? Wondering how to get back on track? Are your current strategies for handling conflict, tension, disagreement, and discord not working? All couples experience some level of conflict, so it’s important for couples to learn how to manage conflict versus attempt to eliminate it altogether.

Click here for my ten strategies to better manage conflict in your relationship, featured on www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships. 

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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Accessing Your True Desire for Love- eHarmony

So often clients come to me feeling bad about themselves for craving a romantic relationship and feeling down because it’s missing from their lives. They tend to give themselves a hard time for wanting a relationship, as if their desire is weak or abnormal. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Connection is instinctual. Bonding is a part of being human.

I wanted to write an article for eHarmony to address the importance of admitting to yourself that you want love and how this actually helps you attract it. If you want love, you have to believe in it and believe you are deserving of it. Otherwise, you may crave connection, but will most likely be dating with walls and mental blocks, making it nearly impossible to connect.

Click here to read my latest article on eHarmony!

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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8 Tips for Moving In With Your Partner

Moving in with your significant other is a major relationship milestone that’s often filled with excitement and anxiety. Click here to read my advice on how to make moving in together more manageable and stress-free, featured on www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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How to Choose the Best Partner for You- eHarmony

Infatuation and love can make us pretty irrational, which is why I wanted to write a piece on how your mind and heart can aid you in evaluating compatibility and long-term potential. It’s essential to identify your feelings and balance your emotions with logic and rational thinking while dating. This piece offers six strategies to help guide you toward a healthy partner and relationship.

Click here to read my latest article on eHarmony!

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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10 Questions to Ask Your Boyfriend (Before Getting Serious)

As you cultivate an interest in someone new and build a relationship, you may find yourself contemplating how to ask questions and bring up serious, more future-oriented topics.

I put together this guide of ten questions to ask before getting serious. Click here to read it on www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships. Remember healthy, open and honest communication over time allows you to assess compatibility and determine if your relationship can go the distance.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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12 Ways to Fix a Boring Relationship

Brief periods of boredom are common in relationships. A number of factors can contribute to feeling bored. There’s no need to sound the alarms, but it may be time to take action and make some important shifts in your mindset and behavior. 

For 12 strategies to alleviate boredom and get your relationship back on track, click here to check out my latest article, written for www.datingadvice.com, a leading online resource for dating and relationships.

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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10 Intentions to Set for Your Love Life Now- eHarmony

It’s a new year! There’s no better time to bring intention and mindful action to your love life. It’s also one of the busiest times of year for online dating. I compiled a list of ten intentions that will help you bring positive energy to your dating life and make dating more successful.

Click here to read my latest article on eHarmony!

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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6 Ways to Handle Anxiety During Dating- eHarmony

There are some uncomfortable and potentially unavoidable aspects of dating. From wondering if you are going to be stood up to handling the emotional rollercoaster of texting with someone who goes MIA every couple of days to feeling nervous about making a positive first impression, dating can be an anxiety-provoking process. The way you talk to yourself while anxious is going to bring you relief or make your anxiety worse.

So, how can you be less anxious and more resilient and hopeful? How can you develop positive self-talk to coach yourself through the challenging moments and ensure you are not simply feeding your anxiety through your thoughts? How can you better handle anxiety and discomfort associated with dating? Click here to read my latest article on eHarmony!

Take care,

Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC

www.racheldack.com

Welcome to Rachel Dack Counseling LLC’s blog, written by Rachel Dack, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Rachel provides psychotherapy and dating support/relationship coaching services to individuals and couples in her Bethesda, Maryland office and over the phone.

Please connect with Rachel by emailing RachelDackCounselingLLC@gmail.com, calling 301-655-8462 and following Rachel on twitterFacebook and Instagram. Check back for more valuable resources, dating/relationship advice and mental health tips!

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