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About Larissa


Special Interest in Dating, Intimacy, and Relationships

Larissa is incredibly passionate about helping others live a life they're excited about every day. From helping teenagers learn powerful life skills in her math classes, to coaching singles on how to date authentically, Larissa wants to bring clarity, confidence, and connection to everyone that feels frustrated, lost, or disconnected. Larissa knows all too well how awful these experiences can feel. After her marriage blew up in 2016, she spent many years feeling many things, including lost and frustrated. Then after experiencing the online dating scene, no word is better to explain her reaction than frustrated! And then the pandemic hit! As the majority of us all became disconnected, the world of unpartnered and alone became bleak and lonely. So she started the "Mindful Dating - Events & Coaching" MeetUp group in 2021 and have since hosted over 200 virtual and in-person singles events and coaching presentations.

Over the years, Larissa has been encouraged by her active group of over 900 members to take her ideas, events, and opportunities to the next level.
Check out all that's she's doing using the menu links above! 

Background: Larissa is a single mother to her adolescent daughter and two younger sons. She lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago and is originally from downstate. She enjoys construction and major DIY projects, being active, gut-health focused, and in nature. A couple of years after her marriage ended, she started dating for the first time. As a curious and “learn on the job” kind of person, Larissa has had a wide range of experiences and gained first-hand (and researched) knowledge on self-discovery, dating, intimacy, and relationships. Also, as a survivor of narcissistic and abusive relationships, Larissa has done and continues to do the hard work to feel whole, happy, grounded, and grateful for who she is and what’s she had to go through to get here. This powerful journey of growth, possibility, dignity, and strength is at the foundation of Mindful Dating. Larissa has been fascinated by romantic relationships and love since kindergarten and now she’s more than thrilled to be sharing her knowledge and passion with all of you!

Disclaimer: Since Larissa is not a licensed therapist, the information she provides is strictly for informational purposes only. The classes, coaching, and community events of Mindful Dating and the advice that Larissa offers does not substitute for seeing a licensed therapist or other medical professional. Larissa highly encourages everyone to find a professional therapist to help navigate the challenges of life and to further reflect upon the questions presented by Larissa and the Mindful Dating community. If you have any additional questions or comments, please click on ‘Contact Us’ and send us a message. Thank you for spending your time with us. We believe the love you desire is out there and we’re here to support your steps to find it.  

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