C.), or find a group that does something else of interest to you. "I’m a firm believer in e-mailing and dating many different people initially to see who’s out there.

For the past 10 years, I have played matchmaker and relationship coach to various friends and family members.

After numerous successes in helping those close to me find happy and long lasting relationships, I decided to turn my hobby into a full-fledged business.

Questions from Erika’s clients will save you the time of wondering how to approach strange situations—they’re all in here!

And tales of dating adventures from Erika herself will leave you both encouraged and entertained.

For women, if you’re coming from work, a nice business-casual outfit works well. When things start to get serious with someone — even before you’ve discussed your relationship status — it’s a good idea to minimize your online dating to give the relationship a chance to bloom.

Try not to look too 'business' and no fun — a nice pair of pants or skirt and a top that shows off your shape but isn’t too revealing works well. Check your teeth, make sure there are no stains on your shirt, and you’re good to go."Any first-date (and general dating) dos and don'ts? Meet for just drinks or coffee, especially if it’s a first online date. And finally, when you’re ready to be exclusive with someone, the only surefire way to make sure you’re both on the same page is to openly discuss taking your profile down.

I am also a philanthropist who co-founded and chairs a foundation called The L10 Project – an organization that leads school rebuilding and revitalization projects in the U.

“Finding the love of your life is not about hoping to be picked…It’s about knowing yourself first so that you can be the chooser, rather than waiting to be chosen.” -David Steele, Author of Conscious Dating Rachel Dack Counseling LLC offers relationship coaching services to single individuals and couples hoping to form and maintain rewarding intimate relationships.

Even though we've earned a rep as one of the best cities in the country for singletons, that doesn't make life (and love) any less complicated.

So, if you're not happy with your love life, it's time to bring in the big guns.

And you never know — they may have friends for you to meet. A few options in the area are Professionals in the City and Hurry Date. This is where you’ll find the largest number of singles, especially those who you may not cross in your regular social circles."How should you dress for a first date? Some first dates are right after work (a happy hour drink), so that’s easy — just go in your work clothes. I always have to laugh because on my first date with my boyfriend, I wore a very heavy sweater dress because I had actually made plans afterwards to go to this après-ski party in case he was a dud. But remember, don’t log into the online dating site immediately after a date.