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The Short Version: If you’re so busy with a successful career that you barely have time to invest in finding a partner for a satisfying relationship, you’re not alone. Many individuals who lead otherwise happy lives are still searching for that special someone, and they’re too busy to understand why they can’t find them. That’s why Therapist Jacqueline Schatz, MA, EdM, LMFT, offers concierge therapy services to her clients, whom she sees online or in person in New York City or Asheville, North Carolina. By working together, she helps her busy clients overcome the barriers they have put up to finding love.
If you don’t focus hard on your goals, and continually work toward them, you will struggle to achieve them. For example, when I want to get stronger, I’ll work out every day and start to see tangible results. If I want to eat healthier, I’ll take the time to plan and cook my meals — and begin to feel more energetic as a result. But I also have to keep it up or risk losing those gains.
The same is true in work, and many professionals find fantastic success after years of working hard to climbing the ladder in their career fields. They’re often on the top of their game at the workplace — sometimes accolades even accompany their success — but, outside of the office, something is missing.
After all those years of putting work first, they realize they don’t have a special someone with whom to share their successes when they return home. Sometimes, all they need is a little help to figure out how to create clarity of focus on finding the right person for a romantic relationship.
Therapist Jacqueline Schatz, MA, EdM, LMFT, specializes in helping those types of people with her concierge-style practice. She is available to guide clients according to their schedule, and her counseling sessions take place online as well as face-to-face at her offices in New York City and Asheville, North Carolina.
“I work with people in person and also online using a secure video platform. For people who are busy — and either don’t have time to come in or simply don’t want to come in — it’s easy and convenient,” she said. “I mostly work with successful professionals who have not been successful in love.”
Jacqueline has been in practice for over 15 years. After graduating with two master’s degrees from Columbia University, she first worked in a psychiatric hospital and gained experience treating patients who have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and those dealing with substance abuse issues, among others. Simultaneously, she did advanced post-graduate training in family and couples therapy.
When she decided to focus on couples, marriage, and relationship therapy, she used her background to bring a unique perspective to her practice. She now has offices in both Asheville, North Carolina and New York City. Jacqueline also leveraged her expertise to supervise other therapists who were pursuing the same goal of helping people build lasting relationships.
“I have a background and extensive training in relationship counseling and marriage and family counseling,” she said. “I’ve always liked to help people accomplish their goals, overcome their difficulties, and find success where they’ve always dreamed of finding it.”
Often Jacqueline uses her expertise to help people who had difficulties in their childhoods, who had parents with mental health issues, or whose parents had difficult marriages or got divorced—all of which can result in self-esteem issues for the client. Self-esteem issues can interfere with picking the right partner.
Jacqueline typically meets with patients once a week for a 45-minute session, but she’s also available via text or email. Sometimes clients need a bit of last-minute advice before they go on a big date.
“I offer concierge services, so there’s flexibility as far as when people can talk to me,” she said. “A lot of clients see me online via face-to-face video from their workplaces because they want convenience. When they have a break from work, we’ll have a session.”
Jacqueline advises both her male and female clients from practically anywhere. It’s not always in her office, and it’s not what you might expect from a therapist. For example, she’s held therapy sessions during casual walks through Central Park, or she’s even visited her clients at their work if that’s easier for them.
“I’m certainly direct, practical, insightful, and kind. I also have a sense of humor, and that’s important because, sometimes, the work can be hard. I’m honest, and I’m accessible,” she said.
One testimonial on her site from an anonymous client sums up the impact Jacqueline has: “Jacqueline is the first therapist to give me practical, insightful, useful real-world advice. She was so specific and direct, I finally ‘got it’ after years of searching for answers to my problems. I would not be married to my fantastic husband without Jacqueline’s help. ”
Online video counseling is becoming a more substantial part of Jacqueline’s practice — and she’s embraced it.
Online counseling offers ultimate privacy because no one ever sees clients going to or coming from a therapy office. That works especially well for her high-profile and famous clients, as well as those who enjoy the convenience. “It is also great for parents with young children. Their child can be asleep or playing in the other room. It cuts out commute time, so you only have to devote time to the counseling appointment,” she said.
Plus, online counseling gives Jacqueline the opportunity to work with partners who are in different locations. For example, one may be traveling for work – but they can still benefit from a couples counseling session through her video conferencing system, which allows them to work through issues from anywhere.
One of the most popular services Jacqueline provides is a VIP Half-Day session, which is individually tailored to each client.
“This is a perfect service for clients who want a fast track to their goal and want to come out knowing exactly what they’re going to do,” she said. “These sessions are perfect for someone who wants me to look at their dating profile and help rewrite it so they can attract the type of person they want to find.”
“I’ve had many people graduate because they’re getting married or they finally feel great about themselves, like they can take on the world. It’s just an enormously satisfying feeling.” — Therapist Jacqueline Schatz, MA, EdM, LMFT
Often, even smart professionals don’t have an effective online dating profile that will attract the right type of people for them. Along with working through a dating profile, Jacqueline will help clients create a plan for meeting potential partners both online and in person, so they’ll have a roadmap for success no matter what situation arises.
The service can also help kickstart people into therapy. If they realize that they’re battling anxiety, depression, or other issues that may be holding them back in life, they can commit to working with Jacqueline in the future.
Jacqueline said that helping clients find success in love and life makes her work incredibly rewarding.
“I’ve had many people graduate because they’re getting married or they finally feel great about themselves, like they can take on the world. It’s just an enormously satisfying feeling,” she said.