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The Short Version: No one is born knowing how to form good relationships; it’s a learned skill you have to work at to get right. You can take deliberate steps to increase your dating prowess by consulting with a professional relationship coach. Kathy Dawson, aka Kathy the Coach, teaches singles and couples to develop healthy relationship skills and help their romances last. Based in Northeast Ohio, this supportive expert conducts hands-on coaching sessions over Skype, via FaceTime, and in person. Kathy works with people of all ages and from all walks of life because her romantic knowledge is universal. In one-on-one coaching sessions with couples, the relationship coach shares 35 tools with couples eager to connect on a deeper level. By covering the basics, from communication to parenting, Kathy provides a solid foundation for people to build strong romantic relationships.
Kathy Dawson didn’t always know she wanted to be a relationship coach. It wasn’t even on her radar as a career. In 1992, she was a young mother with kids, very much focused on her family, when a book opened her eyes to the positive influence a relationship expert can have on a person’s life.
It all started when her husband was sitting up late one night and happened upon an infomercial. Dr. Ellen Kreidman was promoting her best-selling book about how spouses can get the spark back in their marriages. Kathy’s husband liked the idea of rekindling love and building a closer partnership, so he bought the book and gave it to his wife as a Christmas present.
Once Kathy read the book, she felt so inspired that she called Ellen up to find out what she could do to spread the relationship insights to other couples. Kathy wanted to use her communications background to help market Ellen’s advice for people going through relationship trials. Ellen agreed that putting their heads together would be beneficial and invited her to come to California. A few months later, Kathy flew from her home in Ohio to meet the relationship expert and become a trained and certified relationship coach herself.
Kathy learned Ellen’s methods and used those lessons to put together her own coaching business. Today, Kathy the Coach has helped many people take deliberate actions to build heartfelt connections. She has also written a few self-help books for couples. Her first book, “Diagnosis: Married,” explains how to deal with marital conflict and heal long-term relationships.
In coaching sessions and workshops, Kathy imparts effective strategies for sustaining a romance throughout the years. You can call (216) 536-8964 to start on a path toward a healthier, happier relationship with Kathy’s experienced guidance.
“You have to let go of your ego,” Kathy said. “The couples who are successful are open and willing to give my tools a try. Once you get a sense of how it works, you’re off and running.”
Kathy runs personalized coaching sessions that give partners proactive ways to maintain their relationship and deal with any issues that arise. Once she gets to know her clients, she puts together a custom-designed relationship plan (complete with homework assignments) to help committed partners keep the spark alive.
Dozens of couples turn to Kathy for motivation and support. A great deal of her attention goes toward what she calls the nine departments of love: communication, fun, romance, practical life, parenting, finances, love-making, physical affection, and spirituality. She wants her clients to understand how to successfully manage and cultivate each department so their love flourishes over time.
Kathy’s coaching sessions pack a punch and inject life into relationships. Over the course of 12 weeks, Kathy offers 35 relationship tools that couples can use in everyday situations for years to come. She wants her clients to come away with a tool bag full of ways to manage conflict and connect emotionally.
“I ask my clients to create a Trust Inventory of the things they trust their partner to do to improve the relationship in the nine departments,” Kathy said. “That gives me the real-life material to get these two people communicating.”
Kathy’s coaching sessions are a great starting point for couples hoping to work on their relationship and grow in love. “Kathy has opened our eyes to so much and has provided us with tools to help us treat each other with dignity,” wrote Meg and Brian in a testimonial.
Kathy the Coach offers the tools as well as the environment for relationships to flourish. Coach Kathy’s Romance Workshop helps couples reconnect on a deep emotional level in a tranquil and romantic setting. Hosted in the wintertime, the all-day workshop takes place at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Cleveland and is packed with guest speakers and dinner-dances.
This fun and informative event is in its 25th consecutive year and still attracts hundreds of couples looking to invest in their love. Kathy told us many attendees are “repeaters” who sign up year after year to take a refresher course and give their relationships a boost.
“Kathy has opened our eyes to so much and has provided us with tools to help us treat each other with dignity.” — Meg and Brian, Romance Workshop participants
If you want useful relationship advice you can take home with you and reference throughout the year, you can pick up one of Kathy’s love-oriented books. Published in 2004, “Cleveland Couples” shares inspirational love stories from 40 couples who have successfully built a life together.
Kathy wrote her ebook “104 Dates in and Around Cleveland” in response to the common complaint she heard from her clients that Cleveland wasn’t a romantic town. She couldn’t disagree more! She brainstormed over a 100 ways for couples to take advantage of all the city has to offer and make a romantic memory together. In her book, Kathy encourages her readers to go off the beaten path, get out of the dinner-and-movie routine, and have a great time connecting on a date in Cleveland.
“Kathy Dawson has a wonderful way with words and can make what could be a mundane life appear interesting and important.” –A Texas journalist in a review of “Cleveland Couples”
On her website, Kathy stockpiles her relationship knowledge in free relationship resources, including video tips and blog articles. Her blog covers all sorts of personal issues that range from how to solve problems with in-laws to how to start a healthy dialogue with a partner. Kathy outlines specific solutions so her readers and viewers walk away equipped to handle specific scenarios. You can send in a specific question and get an answer from the relationship expert in the Ask Coach Kathy section of her monthly newsletter.
Plus, just as Dr. Ellen Kreidman inspired Kathy to get into the coaching business, Kathy the Coach offers a peek at her coaching manual through a 12-week coaching certification program. The Kathy Dawson Institute for Relationship Coaching has mentored budding relationship experts, like Kathleen Krupar and Rylla Resler, by sharing the coaching strategies that have proven successful for Kathy.
A few years ago, a couple came to Kathy on the brink of divorce. The wife had actually contacted a lawyer about filing for divorce. They took Kathy’s relationship program as a last-ditch attempt to save the relationship. Within six weeks, they stopped talking about divorce and started talking about having kids together. Today, they have two children and send Kathy a Christmas card every year.
“It was fun to watch them really work this program and use the tools,” Kathy said. “I gave them the information. They did the work.”
You can read the positive testimonials from other couples who took Kathy’s lessons to heart and used her tools to create satisfying relationships. “My husband and I were really in trouble when we first started coming to Kathy,” wrote a client named J.P. “Week to week, we learned valuable information in easy-to-understand terms.”
“By following Kathy’s assignments and going through the entire program, our marriage is stronger than ever.” — J.P., a client from Willowick, Ohio.
“The world will be a far better place when there are more people like Kathy,” praised EM, who admired how passionate and caring the relationship coach is. “No doubt my wife and I will extract much more value from what she has taught us than we have paid monetarily,” he added.
Kathy’s honesty and insight bring lasting clarity to many relationships. One woman wrote in her wedding vows, “I vow to continue to use the tools in our tool bag” referring to the coaching sessions that the bride and groom took before getting married. Kathy, who was a guest at the wedding, was floored to hear her own coaching language used to express their commitment as newlyweds.
“It’s a privilege to watch and witness these stories,” she said. “I’m humbled by it. That’s what life’s about, isn’t it? Making a difference in people’s lives.”
Over two decades ago, Kathy Dawson discovered how valuable the right word at the right time can be for a couple going through a rut. She did the work to make her own marriage successful and now works to share the love lessons she has learned with people worldwide.
Kathy’s workshops, coaching sessions, and books teach constructive strategies and tools for building a relationship that can stand the test of time. Her words of wisdom have helped many couples better appreciate one another and show that appreciation in healthy and meaningful ways.
Whether you’re still dating or have been married for decades, Kathy’s universal relationship advice applies to all couples who want to strengthen their love.
“My couples coaching is about learning to work as a team to come up with a solution that you can both live with,” she said. “Nobody gets their way 100%, so couples need to know how to work things out between themselves.”