The advice market for online dating can be crowded, but there are a few, like Bree Maresca-Kramer who not only understand all the issues, but have proven, full-body approaches to helping their clients!
Thanks for joining us Bree! We know you’re always loaded down with work, what are you working on now?
I am continually looking for ways to further help those I work with one-on-one along with those I reach online and through the media. When I personally work with a man or woman concerning their life or relationship, I always address their physical well being. I do this because if they are not feeling good about their body or well physically it can negatively impact all areas of their life — especially their relationships!
After studying and researching natural supplementation for the last sixteen years, I am thrilled to share with you that I have just recently added into my practice and onto my website www.itsthatsimple.ws natural supplements that I handpicked to help men and women feel their best and improve their relationship!
These products help men and women with sexual wellness, weight loss, stress management, and ensuring the daily nutrients needed to function at ones level of optimum health.
Well done! Tell us a little bit about how you launched this incredible career of yours!
At a very young age, I knew that I was meant to help others. As a young adult, while working in corporate America that “knowing” part nagged at me telling me I was not fulfilling my life’s purpose. I did a lot of internal exploration to discover what my life’s purpose was, which ultimately lead me to return to graduate school and becoming a Mental Health Counselor.
After a very rewarding and successful career as a Mental Health Counselor I moved onto writing the It’s That Simple! relationship and self-help book for men and It’s That Simple! relationship and self-help book women.
These books catapulted me into the media where I have been able to reach a greater audience with a message of hope, information, guidance, and tools to improve their lives and relationships.
As for bumps, there are always bumps in this life! However, one has a choice as to how they will look at those bumps. We can perceive them as setbacks or as an opportunity for growth; the good news is that we always have that choice.
The dating world is changing every day. What’s one of the trends that most upsets you?
The biggest trend I find most upsetting is the use of technology to establish and build a relationship. Today, people are hiding behind their computer screens and phones to do the “talking” for them. Unfortunately, this has created a breakdown in the personal interaction between men and women and interpersonal relationships skills. The bottom line is this technology that was supposed to make our lives more convenient has actually hindered our relationships.
The best advice I can give both men and women who are single and dating is to keep the emails and texting to a minimum. Instead, use real conversation time to get to know one another. There is absolutely no substitute for hearing a person’s voice or looking into their eyes. These forms of communication build real intimacy and the emotional bond needed to form a healthy relationship.
Any that you think could lead to more success?
The positive side of technology and dating has been the acceptance of online dating. Just fifteen years ago it was considered appalling to date online. Those pioneers who tried it were often scoffed at for doing something “so desperate.” Now that it is considered “normal” it affords singles the opportunity to find and meet people they would never during their everyday life.
Have you noticed more niche dating sites? What do you know about them? Pros and Cons?
I believe the top dating sites leading the market knew if they did not diversify they would eventually lose their place, therefore, prompting the creation of “niche” dating sites.
There is an old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” This exemplifies the fact that most people feel very comfortable with and around others that are similar to them. Whether we are talking about race, religion, sexual orientation, or lifestyle— those who are similar will naturally be drawn to one another.
The down side to limiting your dating to one specific niche is that you are placing confines on the possibilities of whom you can meet. I am a firm believer the best relationships are the ones with a high compatibility rate, however, that does not mean men and women must pick their clone. Having some diversity and differences adds wonderfully deeper layers to a relationship.
Some people claim that the niche can be too closed off. What do you think?
I think that anything in excess is never good. To have a fulfilling life we all need to make sure there is a good balance. When any of us limit ourselves to only one thing or one way of thinking, it closes us off and creates narrow mindedness. Living this way diminishes our personal growth and the possibilities of what we can bring to the world.
What are some keys to remember about niche dating? All dating?
When it comes to dating it is important to be authentic right from the start!
So often, men and women will portray something they are not in order to impress the other person. This only ends up causing problems down the road as the truth of someone will eventually be revealed.
The other important facet of dating is to be very clear on who you are and exactly what you are looking for. If you want to casually date then picking someone who is ready to get married is not good for either of you. On the other hand, if you are ready to find that special someone to spend your life with, it is important not to get sidetracked by someone who is not on that same page. Staying true to who you are and what you are looking for is an empowering place that helps you have the relationship you really want.
Any other insights into the current slate of online offerings?
Always do your due diligence! Anyone can say anything, pretend to be something they are not, or hide things that they are, when it comes to online or offline dating.
I always suggest doing a background check on the person you are interested in and when meeting for the first few times only do so in a public place letting friends and family know where you will be. Finally, trust your gut and that little voice we all have inside of us. If you do not feel comfortable or something feels “off” listen to that guidance!
Thanks for your time, it’s always a pleasure to have your expertise!
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