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The Short Version: Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby founded Growing Self Counseling and Coaching as a therapeutic resource for singles and couples who want to better themselves and their relationships. The website offers everything from career coaching to marriage counseling, and it also features helpful blog posts and podcasts that encourage personal growth and emotional intelligence. Through online classes and one-on-one sessions, Growing Self’s team of counselors, coaches, and therapists give clients the tools to lead happy, healthy lives.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a challenging time for a lot of different reasons. While a single person grapples with isolation, parents can face anxiety and chaos in their homes. Cohabitating couples may experience more conflict and strain in their relationship, while long-distance couples may have to deal with logistical challenges just to be together in person.
People from all walks of life can struggle to balance their need for personal connection with the new normal of social distancing. But they don’t have to struggle alone.
Growing Self Counseling and Coaching offers private counseling and coaching resources that can help individuals and couples overcome challenges and reach their personal goals.
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby founded Growing Self to inspire people to make meaningful changes in their daily lives. She heads a team of professional dating, relationship, and marriage experts who are trained to work with singles and couples.
“What we’re all about is love, happiness, and success,” Dr. Lisa said. “Here at Growing Self, we provide a lot of evidence-based coaching and counseling for singles and couples seeking to improve their relationship or connect with someone new.”
As a board certified life coach, Dr. Lisa can offer emotional support and practical guidance to get her clients through personal difficulties. Dr. Lisa has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Growing Self has provided online classes, podcasts, and virtual coaching sessions to help singles and couples cope with new challenges and make the best of their situations.
The Growing Self team has resources to help people through their dating and relationship journey. Some of its professionals specialize in working with singles on everything from setting up a dating profile to choosing the right romantic partner. Meanwhile, its couples counselors address the relationship conflicts, societal pressures, and emotional issues that a committed relationship may grapple with.
All Growing Self Counseling and Coaching couples counselors have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. However, their focus is on offering coaching and counseling rather than traditional therapy.
“Ours is an action-oriented and positive approach that helps people grow and create the life that they want.” Dr. Lisa said. “We provide more actionable skills and strategies for making progress and developing healthy relationships outside our sessions.”
From premarital counseling to career coaching, Growing Self has an abundance of highly effective programs that empower and inspire clients to find happiness.
Growing Self tailors its coaching and counseling sessions to the client. The professionals ask a single person or a couple to describe what they want to work on and what they hope to achieve, and they create a concrete plan to overcome any obstacles in the way.
The Growing Self team aren’t in the business of offering general platitudes — they are specific when coming up with solutions and giving advice. For example, if a single person wants to get in a relationship, the dating coaches may recommend an online dating site or app and discuss ways to attract a compatible partner.
During the pandemic, Dr. Lisa has noticed an increase in virtual relationships — meaning couples who have never met in person — and she urges singles to be cautious when developing feelings for a person they don’t really know. She said that sometimes it’s easy to imagine an online crush is perfect because you fill in the blanks in the dating profile and make assumptions that may turn out not to be true.
“People are lonely right now. There is a lot of space in people’s lives that they’re eager to fill,” she said. We’ve been seeing people struggling with that and advise them to be cautious.”
Growing Self Counseling and Coaching is on a mission to empower singles and couples to change their lives, and its positive message of improvement has resonated with many thoughtful and well-educated people.
“Our clients tend to be proactive people who are high-achievers in all aspects of life,” Dr. Lisa said. “As therapists, we try to create a safe environment where people of all backgrounds are represented. That way, Growing Self clients can work with someone who understands them on a deep level.”
In recent months, Dr. Lisa said she has noticed more people of color coming to Growing Self in search of a counselor who shares a similar background or perspective. Growing Self is a diverse team, and it can offer representation to marginalized and minority groups.
“I feel like the adventure of my life is beginning right now thanks to our work.” — a Growing Self client
People of every ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation will find an empathetic ear and supportive services on the Growing Self website.
“You have changed our lives. You have a gift that allows people to feel relaxed, cared for, and really open themselves up,” said a relationship coaching client in a testimonial. “From the bottom of my heart, one woman to another, I want to thank you for believing in us and helping us.”
Whether it’s helping couples reaffirm their commitment or teaching singles to date with purpose, Growing Self endorses healthy mindfulness and relationship skills that have proven successful time and time again.
“Creating a healthy, supportive relationship goes deeper than communication skills or problem-solving,” Dr. Lisa said. “It takes a lot of sympathy, goodwill, and generosity to face challenges in a way that deepens and strengthens your relationships.”
Dr. Lisa handpicks all members of the Growing Self Counseling and Coaching team, and she thoroughly vets all applicants to pick the cream of the crop. She said she looks for professionals who go above and beyond to get results for their clients.
“Hundreds of people apply every year, and we accept very few of them,” Dr. Lisa said. “We require team members to demonstrate to us that their way of working with clients is genuinely helpful.”
The Growing Self team is knowledgeable, compassionate, and skilled at helping clients grow. Its therapists and counselors share their expertise through private online and in-person sessions as well as through the Growing Self blog.
The blog is a free resource that publishes self-help articles and podcasts on a variety of topics. Its experts deliver sage advice about the common dating, relationship, and career issues that they deal with in private sessions on a daily basis.
Whether they’re promoting self-worth or discussing infidelity, the experts can speak clearly and knowledgeably about matters of the heart.
In addition to the blog, Growing Self has created online classes that provide affordable coaching programs and group work. The classes focus on a specific topic — happiness, breakup recovery, and dating, among others — and provide cognitive behavioral therapy to people who want to do personal growth work on their own time.
The Growing Self team is currently working on developing a self-esteem class and recording a podcast series about how to grow into a more balanced, loving, and compassionate person.
“We’re in a position to help people,” Dr. Lisa said. “What’s really energizing is that in my role, we don’t stay still. We can help people who are dealing with hard issues move from Point A to Point B — and that’s exciting.”
The coronavirus pandemic has derailed the dating world and family life in so many ways. It has hampered dating activities, disrupted wedding plans, and put enormous strain on people who are worried about their health, their careers, and their loved ones.
In the midst of all this uncertainty, it can be difficult for singles and couples to see a way forward. Fortunately, Growing Self Counseling and Coaching has trained dating and relationship professionals who can help outline a plan for future happiness.
“We have the opportunity to do meaningful personal growth work,” Dr. Lisa said. “We’re trying to help people use this downtime as a chance for reflection and growth, so they can come out the other side stronger and more able to create the life that they want.”