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The Short Version: Based in Chicago, Relationship Reality 312 provides effective therapy to help singles and couples navigate dating, relationships, and infidelity. The agency’s therapists make your relationship happiness their mission. The team’s professional guidance is available via individual or couples therapy sessions and dating or relationship coaching. You can also attend a group workshop geared toward singles feeling disillusioned by the modern dating scene. Therapy can help anyone reshape their love lives using research-proven methods. Relationship Reality 312’s therapists work closely with singles and couples to impart practical strategies for achieving a loving and fulfilling relationship.
In many people’s minds, being an adult means being self-reliant. It means competently handling anything life throws at you without needing help. But not every problem is manageable on your own. Sometimes being an adult means knowing when to ask for assistance.
Sometimes people need an expert to help them deal with certain issues. If you’re sick, you go to a doctor. If your car breaks down, you go to a mechanic. And if your relationship is in crisis, you can turn to a couples therapist.
Seeking professional help isn’t weakness — it’s the healthiest and quickest way to work through issues with a partner. Instead of wandering blindly for a solution, you can have a counselor shed light on the emotional undercurrents of your relationship difficulties.
“I wish people weren’t so scared of going to therapy,” said Anita Chlipala, Chicago’s Relationship and Dating Expert. “Anyone could use therapy, and you don’t have to have a mental illness to benefit from it. We teach so much to our clients.”
Anita’s private practice, Relationship Reality 312, draws from cutting-edge research to help people in the romance department. A close-knit team of four therapists take a hands-on and fun approach to therapy.
Relationship Reality 312 offers coaching, therapy, and other resources to teach people how to overcome relationship obstacles like infidelity and trust issues.
Anita draws from her experience and knowledge as a licensed marriage and family therapist to give practical and balanced advice to singles and couples. Her book “First Comes Us: The Busy Couple’s Guide to Lasting Love” further explores ways to show love every day and enjoy a fulfilling relationship.
“Our couples are busy, and a common result is that they feel disconnected,” Anita told us, “so I wrote a 365-day tip book for couples to do one tip a day.”
Anita’s insights are available in private consults as well. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, couples therapy, and dating workshops, Relationship Reality 312 promotes effective communication strategies that help couples connect on a deep emotional level and stay together throughout life’s ups and downs.
“It was super important to me to show clients that we have the tools to help them, and we’re not scary therapists,” Anita said. “We’re interactive, we can have fun, and we give clients the tools to succeed.”
According to Anita, many couples put off going to a therapist and oftentimes live with a problem for years before deciding to seek help. Committed relationships take work, and conflict doesn’t disappear on its own. The longer you wait before going to therapy, the more damage could be done to the relationship.
Relationship Reality 312’s date coaching and relationship coaching provide one-on-one assistance for anyone seeking a successful partnership. Anita’s expert team works primarily with busy professionals in their 20s and 30s. If you can’t make it to an in-person session at their Chicago offices, the therapists can coach you over the phone.
Each therapist specializes in a certain area, including sex, addiction, and trauma. Their collective expertise guides couples through a variety of relationship issues.
“What people can expect from me is to be very active, engaged, balanced, and direct,” Anita told us, “giving information and tools to help a client achieve his or her goals.”
Anita brings an unbiased perspective to relationship conflicts. She listens to both sides and teaches communication strategies proven to be effective and successful.
“From the beginning, I wanted the culture of my practice to be one where clients see us as down to earth, practical, and experts,” she said.
Relationship Reality 312 empowers couples to deal with conflict in the moment as well as going forward in the relationship. Anita told us some couples see a night-and-day difference in how they communicate after going to couples therapy. Over the years, the clientele has grown significantly by word-of-mouth referrals.
To assist in cases of extreme loss of trust, Relationship Reality 312 offers a special program for couples dealing with infidelity. “I’m really proud of the work we do with helping couples heal from infidelity,” Anita said. “I’ve worked with couples who weren’t even engaged, helped them heal from infidelity, and then they ended up getting married.”
Anita firmly believes relationships can survive infidelity if both partners are willing to make the effort to make it work and heal the hurt. The agency’s infidelity therapy helps couples decide if recovery is possible and then reach the point of forgiveness.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than to hear my clients’ stories and to help them achieve their deepest desires and goals.” — Anita Chlipala, Founder of Relationship Reality 312
Anita also offers individual therapy to help people deal with anxiety, depression, anger management, life transitions, and other personal crises. Whether you’re newlyweds or empty-nesters, Relationship Reality 312 provides meaningful support in matters of the heart.
Professional therapists can assess what barriers stand between two individuals and if the relationship is salvageable. Some couples come to Relationship Reality 312 on the brink of divorce and learn tools to make the relationship work.
As Anita said, “When I can see that there really isn’t a reason why they can’t make it work, and they learn some tools and practice them, they do end up back together.” Her team is practiced at conflict resolution and effective therapy.
“Getting back together is a not good idea for everyone,” she added, “but the bottom line is people might be breaking up or getting a divorce when it might be unnecessary.”
Online dating has created a general feeling among singles that there’s always someone better out there. You have a virtually endless supply of date prospects, so it’s hard to feel confident that you’ve picked the right one.
Anita hosts a dating workshop called “Have More Than a Fling” to share her philosophy on dating and give singles the strategies to find and commit to a good match. “I use research on love and attraction, and my work with couples, to teach singles how to find and keep a good partner,” Anita explained. “There’s not one person out there for each individual, I think there are lots of good fits.”
“The workshop was very informative and fun,” said Michele in a review on Eventbrite. “I’m really happy I signed up.”
During the three-hour workshop, Anita talks through the biggest mistakes singles make, how to create a dating blueprint to find an ideal match, online and offline dating tips, and the must-have qualities that lead to successful relationships.
“I went to this workshop after just getting into a relationship,” said Robert. “We are now engaged. Anita’s work played a role in our relationship!”
For women, Relationship Reality 312 also hosts a special workshop known as Girls’ Night In. Groups of friends schedule a personal girls-only event at the Chicago offices. In a two-hour session, women talk openly about their love lives and benefit from the insights of a therapist who listens to the gab fest and provides valuable feedback.
Adults face an array of complex and critical issues in their day-to-day lives, and self-reliance isn’t realistic in all circumstances. If the water is rising above your head, there’s no shame in asking for a life jacket. Recognizing the usefulness of therapy, even as a preventative measure, can lead couples to more satisfying relationships built on secure foundations.
“I’m all about mutual accountability,” Anita said, “helping partners see where they are responsible and giving them the tools to make their interactions better.”
Relationship Reality 312 employs dedicated therapists ready to assist couples in committed relationships and singles in the dating scene. From devising stratagems for online dating to dealing with conflict in a respectful manner, Anita’s therapy practice instructs clients on proven methods to making deep connections.
“For anyone reading this, therapy doesn’t have to be scary. Find a good fit. Shop around, see which style you like,” Anita urged. “The relationship between the client and the therapist is so important. Our clients trust us, and I’m really proud of that.”