2014 12 Best Relationship Experts In California

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12 Best Relationship Experts in California

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Hayley Matthews

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Living in California doesn’t always entail a Hollywood romance, even if you happen to live in Hollywood! With all the hustle and bustle throughout the state, how can you find a relationship worthy of an Emmy?

You contact one of these 12 relationship experts, of course!

No matter your zip code, if you’re in California, they can help. From dating coaching and matchmaking, to counseling and vow writing, these folks will show you how to find a love like you’d see in the movies.

Bragging Rights: an internationally-acclaimed coach

With years of experience helping people transform their love lives, Lorraine knows what she’s talking about when it comes to dating and relationships. This “queen of hearts” is the game-changer you’ve been looking for, able to revamp your love life in a few days when it might take you a few years to do the same. She’s an expert in the rules of dating, so she can teach you how to play the game and win.

Social Clout: 5,025+ Twitter followers; 520+ Facebook likes

Twitter Handle: @TheeDatingCoach

Bragging Rights: voted Top International Dating Coach at iDate 2014

Utilizing 19 years of research, Piane makes it her mission to create stronger connections and ignite love. Because of this, she offers multiple services to help people bond. Whether it’s through matchmaking, coaching or making you over, she’ll help you reinvent your love life. She even keeps a blog that offers solid insight into relationships and answers all your burning questions about love.

Social Clout: 230+ Twitter followers

Twitter Handle: @reneepiane

Bragging Rights: she started a romance revolution

Marrying for the first time at 47 showed Palmer just how rewarding a life with “grown-up love” could be. She wanted to share this happiness with other women over 40, so she left her job as a corporate manager to become a dating and relationship coach. She’s gentle but direct as she guides and educates you. If you’re ready to make this shift in your life, she’s here to help you do it.

Social Clout: 14,100+ Twitter followers; 1,595+ Facebook likes

Twitter Handle: @bobbipal

Bragging Rights: an expert in online matchmaking for lesbians

With a gifted sense of intuition and emotional intelligence, Bashan is proof with a positive attitude and the right set of skills, you can find the woman of your dreams. With more than nine years of clinical work, she uses her doctorate in psychology to connect people and bring them happiness. She gives personalized attention to each of her clients, ensuring you get the most out of your experience with her.

Social Clout: 3,355+ Facebook likes; 470 Twitter followers

Twitter Handle: @LittleGayBook

Bragging Rights: traveled the U.S. to learn what makes relationships work

Nordenstrom knows truly great relationships are all about the individuals in them. After a series of tough circumstances, she found nothing matters more in life than love and relationships. Now she shows people how to find their love more efficiently and be a better partner. She is a certified matchmaker, and she’ll help you find the joy of relationships and romance.

Social Clout: 2,780+ Twitter followers; 540+ Facebook likes

Twitter Handle: @JoyofRomance

Bragging Rights: expert insight into the diversity of people

After discovering his passion for cultivating happy relationships, McManus earned his master’s in counseling and became a relationship coach. He implements elements of psychotherapy into his coaching to bring his clients a richer, more developed understanding of themselves and others. Focusing on their strengths, McManus enables you to work with what you have to find the person you want.

Social Clout: 1,035+ Facebook likes; 455+ Twitter followers

Twitter Handle: @jeremimcmanus

Bragging Rights: has a master’s in somatic psychology

A rare find, Diamond is a dating and relationship coach whose mission is to help both men and women find fulfilling relationships. If you have struggled to find the same success in your love life as you have in your career, she’s here to help you. She knows how a solid relationship can impact all parts of your life, so she wants to make sure you’re able to partake in that.

Social Clout: 360+ Facebook likes; 140+ Twitter followers

Twitter Handle: @somaticcoach

Bragging Rights: been featured more than 14 times

Whether you’re looking to create the perfect dating profile or the most elegant wedding vows, look no further than these two. Putting their way with words to good use, they’ll enable you to say what you want to say in the most polished, heartfelt way. They even offer speech coaching and officiating, ensuring you express your feelings like you’ve always wished you could.

Social Clout: 310+ Twitter followers; 115+ Facebook likes

Twitter Handle: @vowmuse

Bragging Rights: a 13-week program to change your dating approach

Gleason specializes in the dating dilemmas of midlife singles, but she effectively coaches people of any age. With her extensive background in motivational and mating psychology, she focuses on helping her clients with all parts of dating, from body language to anxiety to everything in between. She’ll change your dating experience dramatically — for the better.

Social Clout: 225+ Twitter followers; 185+ Facebook likes

Twitter Handle: @anniegleason

Bragging Rights: trained by The Coaches Training Institute

Using an approach that’s creative and intuitive, Klaphaak enables people to co-design their relationships with one another. She has used her own life as a social experiment for her relationship research, traveling all over the world to figure out different perspectives on relationships. She’s worked with singles and couples all across the spectrum, so she’s got the experience you’re looking for.

Social Clout: 255+ Facebook likes; 85+ Twitter followers

Twitter Handle: @Laniklaphaak

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Bragging Rights: co-founded The Relationship Coaching Company

With her husband by her side, Knecht wants you to feel “Knechted” with your partner. Because of this, she emphasizes having a strong foundation for your relationships. She’s written on the subject, as well as created a card game to create deeper connections with one another. Through her relationship coaching, you’ll see how you can use your strengths to find a relationship that really works.

Social Clout: 120+ Facebook likes; 50+ Twitter followers

Twitter Handle: @SinglesCoach

Bragging Rights: in the business for more than 15 years

For Bendis, matchmaking is more than just her profession — it’s her life. Utilizing her Russian background and coming from a long line of matchmakers, she caters to everyone who is looking to find true love. She makes a deep connection with each of her clients, learning their needs and desires for a potential match. She then picks the perfect match for them, even if that means finding new people to choose from. For focus on the details, she can’t be beat.

Social Clout: 65+ Twitter followers; 60+ Facebook likes

Twitter Handle: @MatchbyJulia

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