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However, she believes that online dating is a risk worth taking — if approached in a healthy way.There are “normal highs and lows associated with online dating, and, unfortunately, many of those situations are unavoidable. It’s helpful for counselors to understand that, oftentimes, online dating takes years [before finding the right relationship].For some clients, it can also dredge up feelings related to past experiences with rejection, abandonment, loss or trauma.For example, a lack of replies to messages could be especially damaging to a client who has issues with self-worth or rejection.“It can be overwhelming to have as many choices as we have online, but at the same time, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet people,” she says.“Online dating can be a powerful tool for clients who are more shy or introverted and unlikely to approach new people in public.
Taliancich, a licensed professional counselor supervisor in New Orleans whose doctoral dissertation was on online dating.
Pew reports that nearly half of all Americans know someone who uses online dating or has met a romantic partner online.
Online dating offers users opportunities to enter the dating pool at their own pace, pursuing and accepting as many messages and matches as they choose, notes Dack, a member of the American Counseling Association.
Should clients raise an issue specific to the online dating app they are using, Taliancich suggests having them talk through their experience in session.
Kathleen Smith, a licensed professional counselor in Washington, D. She says counselors should engage these clients by asking why they chose a particular app or platform and which features appealed to them. Know which are the most-used apps and their features.”Taliancich also stresses that counselors should drop any outdated or stereotypical assumptions they might harbor, such as the misconception that online dating is used only by people who are desperate or awkward and can’t find dates any other way.