ONLINE DATING SUPPORT GROUP
For women 40 & 50+
When it comes to your love life, don't simply wait for "what's meant to be". On the other hand, jumping in too soon without being prepared most often backfires. Like anything big in life, you need a plan. Develop the confidence, skills, and mindset to get where you want to go- and your love life will have a great second act.
In this group you'll have the opportunity to share the highs and lows of dating with women just like you who also experience the frustration, self-doubt, excitement, hope, and missteps we all go through. In this confidential, professionally-led group you'll discover where you get stuck and how to turn it around.
THIS GROUP IS ABOUT YOU:
Readiness to Date: Only you can know when you are ready to start dating again, but interacting in a group gives you a chance to listen and share and gain clarity. With a better understanding of who you are and what you want, you'll know when the time is right.
Know who you are and what you're looking for: Whether you are already dating or just beginning, unless you know what you are looking for in a partner--and what would be good for you in a partner--you’ll be doing the same thing over and over, puzzled and frustrated waiting for a different outcome.
Feel good about yourself: Being single later in life is scary and vulnerable, and many of us have a powerful inner critic. Connect with other women who feel like you do, and give each other feedback and other perspectives.
Develop A "Relationship--Smart" Brain: Brain studies and other neuroscientific research has exploded in the past 25 years, and we are able to accurately identify how the brain develops and heals in response to love and stress. As a result of neuroplasticity -- which is our brains ability to rewire itself and change- we can all grow and improve. By consciously making small everyday changes you will become a better friend to yourself, a better partner, and able to identify more clearly those who would be a good partner for you.
Learn to be "approachable": Being upbeat, friendly, and open to connection is what being approachable--and approaching--is all about. It requires intention and confidence to take ownership of what you want, and not turn away. This group is about women supporting and encouraging each other to try on new ways of being.
Process Your Dates: Dating is confusing, to say the least. We have to learn to read between the lines, and get "out of our heads" in order to be present. Group is a great place to process your dates, and new relationships. Do you feel a connection or just can’t make one? How are you handling those quick reactions and insecurities being triggered? What do you do in those awkward moments that can possibly make or break the rest of the date? Is he moving towards you--or backing off? Signals can be mixed, so what do you do? The prospect of meeting "the" one is exhilarating and filled with hope, but also doubt and uncertainty. Knowing yourself is key to being your best in a relationship, and genuinely getting to know the person you’re wanting to build a relationship with.
Navigate Those Tricky “Firsts”: Knowing how to deal with awkward situations will put you both at ease. Feel your self-confidence growing because you'll know just what to do.
Is It Going To “Go” or “Grow”: At what point in a new relationship do you start thinking about whether it's going in the direction you want? If you know how to read the cues, you'll find clear signs as to where his head is at, and you have more control than you think.
Led by Sue Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT
Psychotherapist and Dating Coach
This group is in the process of moving online! The starting date will be announced in Dr. Sue's newsletter, or check back soon.