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The Short Version: Leslie Seidel is an emotionally attuned dating expert who empowers singles to go after the love they deserve. “I truly believe that everybody gets to have a true life partner,” she said, “and it could be right around the corner. The only thing that can stop you is a lack of trying.” As a dating coach, Leslie inspires her clients not to give up hope and to make the right choices that lead to love. She works with people individually and in groups, fostering honest communication and empathy in a fast-paced dating world. Her ability to relate to her clients sets her apart from other experts who focus on dating tactics and neglect the inner journey a person must take to get in a relationship.
Dating coach Leslie Seidel has many painful and triumphant life experiences to back her advice to singles. The fact that she has experienced heartbreak, she said, qualifies her to guide the heartbroken.
Leslie told us she believes in the idea of the wounded healer — someone who has been hurt in the past and now heals people dealing with similar injuries and challenges. The wounded healer draws from the pains of the past to guide others along a safer, friendlier path. According to Leslie, you can’t teach someone a lesson you haven’t learned yourself, and, when it comes to dating, she has learned her lessons the hard way.
Most of her adult life was spent sorting through difficult emotions, including grief over the loss of her father, and watching her friends walk down the aisle, start their families, and leave her behind. Leslie was single for years and remembers only too well how it felt to be alone and uncertain about the future. She told us she’d desperately wanted to fall in love but hadn’t known how to get there.
At long last, she ended up in a loving relationship with man who is devoted, kind, and thoughtful. She met her future husband while accompanying her ex-boyfriend to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. They had to do some self-work before they were ready to fully open their hearts to one another, but Leslie said she couldn’t be happier now.
By drawing from her experiences, this professional dating coach inspires others to believe in themselves, set clear goals, and prepare their hearts and minds for the journey ahead. Leslie uses a combination of spiritual guidance and practical tips to help singles get on a better path.
“The reality of it is, if you want a true life partner, not just a marriage,” she said, “the best way to do that is to be as authentic as possible. The more open and honest you are, the easier it will be for your partner to find you.”
No one knows better than a dating coach how important and transformational their work can be, and Leslie takes her responsibility to her clients seriously. “This work is sacred,” she wrote in her bio. “It is what I know. It is how I can best be of service. If I’m going to take time away from my toddler, it has to be profoundly worth it.”
Leslie offers emotional, mental, and spiritual guidance to successful and driven individuals (mostly women) who want to find true, lasting love. She told us the majority of her clients are between 30 and 45 years old. These working professionals have often maintained flourishing careers, built fulfilling friendships, and basically succeeded in every aspect of life — except their love lives. They turn to Leslie in the hope that she can provide the answers they need to make a relationship work.
She works with clients one on one and in group sessions. “I love working with groups because there’s so much value in hearing someone else’s story and having a safe environment to talk about your experiences,” she said. “And I love the one-on-one work because there’s something powerful and beautiful about witnessing someone find joy in their lives.”
The average client goes to weekly sessions for three to six months before things click, and they start to see tangible results. Leslie said she doesn’t want her clients to stay with her forever and is gratified when they feel ready to tackle dating, career, and life on their own.
Throughout the coaching process, Leslie provides consistent and compassionate support to her clients as they pursue authentic relationships. She often gives them homework assignments to do on their own time between sessions. That way, her clients can continue growing and thinking about the concepts they discuss. Men and women go to Leslie with a number of dating and relationship problems, and she listens with an open heart to what they have to say before devising solutions that fit the individual’s needs.
“I meet them where they’re at,” she told us. “Some women are stuck and can’t get past the third date, while others don’t know how to date at all.”
In addition to her coaching business, Leslie also disseminates advice via a podcast called Spirituality Out Loud. Leslie uses this platform to discuss spirituality with guest experts and offer different perspectives on life, love, and relationships. She makes an effort to ensure the voices she highlights are diverse, informative, and authoritative.
“Everyone has a path, and everyone has an opinion,” she said. “The point is to have an open mind about spiritual life.”
The podcast delves into many different emotional topics and life experiences to give listeners insight on how to live mindfully in today’s society. It’s fun as well as informative. Leslie’s all-around positive tone is enjoyable to listen to, and many people return to the podcast again and again for good advice and general inspiration.
Every episode has a nugget of wisdom that listeners can take to heart and use to change their perceptions, their relationships, and, hopefully, their lives.
“You need help to make that movement and shift your perception. That’s my job,” she said. “I teach people all the skills they need to follow the path they want with ease.”
A dating coach can tell you they’re compassionate, inspirational, and insightful, but it means a lot more when a former client says that about them. The reviews can say more about a dating coach’s style than any marketing or biography can. Over the years, Leslie has received praise from many clients and has posted some lovely testimonials on her website.
Many clients praised Leslie’s listening skills and thoughtful approach to coaching. “Leslie has an inviting approach to the process of getting centered in one’s real life,” said Nancy N., a retired children’s librarian in Santa Barbara, California. “She is a skilled listener who makes carefully thought-out suggestions. These suggestions are helping me uncover and communicate deep emotional patterns.”
“Leslie was meant to do this work. It is in her essence. When I am with her, I feel seen. I feel safe to be who I am.” — Maria M., one of Leslie’s clients
“Leslie has this amazing way of making me look at a situation or a challenge I am facing from many sides,” said Robin K. of San Francisco. “Working with Leslie has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life.”
After working with her, clients report finding joy in their careers, forging promising relationships, and generally feeling better about themselves and the life they can lead. Some of these transformations take place rather rapidly. Leslie told us one of her favorite success stories came from a man who found love after a month of working with her. He had desperately wanted to be married, and Leslie said it made her heart soar to see things work out for him in so short a time.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to take years and years,” she said. “You could be closer than you think to the relationship you always wanted.”
It took years of struggling and self-development for Leslie to become the satisfied wife, joyful mother, and successful career woman she is today. She remembers the trials of the past and uses those experiences to show others how to transform their lives from the inside out. She leads her clients on a journey of spiritual awakening and empowerment by sharing her thoughts and listening to their struggles with an open mind.
“I see coaching as working on many levels,” she said. “It’s emotional, spiritual, and mental. It’s a little bit of tough love, too. I want to be honest about what’s going on with no judgment.”
Leslie’s dynamic coaching style has yielded fantastic results and given singles the strength to reach the relationship goals they may have thought were out of reach.
“For a lot of my clients, this is the final piece in life they’re missing. They have great careers, great friends, great families, and now they want a great love,” she said. “There’s nothing better than watching someone get into the relationship they want and have been working toward.”