The Scoop: Dating coach Betty Russell started Relationship Elements to support singles on the road to love. Betty draws from her education as a Board-Certified Life Coach specializing in relationships as well as from her experiences as a divorced single woman to provide practical advice to her clients and create an action plan for building healthy and successful relationships. For over 12 years, Betty has worked with single men and women of all backgrounds and helped them become better equipped to navigate the modern dating world.

Several years ago, Betty Russell was leading the picture-perfect married life, at least from the outside. She had the classic nuclear family with two daughters. She owned and operated a successful interior design company. She had it all figured out.

Betty’s life changed in an instant when she got divorced. She had to grapple with her new identity as a single mother and find a way forward that was different from the one she had imagined.

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Betty Russell is a certified dating coach who works with single men and women.

“I jumped back into dating and discovered it was a new landscape, so I had to learn how to navigate it,” she said.  “I learned that I had a lot to learn.”

Betty worked with a life coach to talk through her struggles and find solutions. The work inspired her to change careers, extend her education, pass the coaching board examination, and launch her own dating and relationship coaching business to help singles tackle personal challenges.

Today, Betty runs Relationship Elements to be a support system for divorced, widowed, and never-married singles from all walks of life.

She told us her approach to dating coaching is similar to her approach to interior design because it starts with listening to what the client wants and creating an action plan to reach their goals. Prospective clients can contact Betty by phone or email to benefit from her advice. The first coaching session is free and can provide valuable insights into the modern dating scene.

“I offer a complimentary call to give people some tools and see if coaching is a good fit for them,” Betty said. “I want singles to know I am a resource, and I am here to support them.”

Providing Concrete Advice About Love & Relationships

Relationship Elements has many resources to help men and women jump-start their dating experience. Betty’s one-on-one coaching service provides practical assistance that meets singles where they’re at and motivates them to get where they want to be.

Betty is a down-to-earth coach who delivers straightforward advice about what it takes to attract the right person and create a long-term relationship.

“We all need to grow in our ways of communicating,” Betty said. “It’s important to understand and communicate your wants and needs with a potential partner.”

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Relationship Elements can teach singles how to identify core compatibility.

The majority of Betty’s clients are in their 30s and 40s. These singles have typically been married or in a serious relationship before, and they’re looking for guidance on how to find love again.

Betty recognizes that the dating scene has changed dramatically since many of her clients were single, so she provides online dating advice, including profile writing services, to get them acclimated to this new and opportunity-rich environment.

“A successful dating profile doesn’t have to tell a whole life story. It just has to be enough to spark interest and resonate with someone,” Betty said. “It’s important to project that you’re authentic.”

Betty consults with her clients through phone or Skype, and she said her email inbox is always open for whenever someone wants to shoot her a question or pick her brain.

How to Navigate Dating During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the dating world, and Betty is on the front lines helping singles cope with new guidelines and concerns. She told us that this period of social isolation has actually motivated many of her clients to get more serious about finding a partner to weather tough times with them.

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Online communication has become a central aspect of dating during COVID-19.

“People have stepped up during COVID-19 and made their relationships a priority,” Betty explained. “I help them figure out how to get out there and make it happen.”

Of course, daters have had to get creative when meeting new people during a pandemic, and that has often meant substituting a coffee date with a video date or arranging an outdoor picnic instead of meeting at a restaurant. Betty offers support and recommendations as her clients face this new normal and find opportunities to use it to their advantage.

“It helps people take the pressure off themselves because they don’t have to meet in person right away,” Betty said. “This has enabled singles to slow the pace down, get to know a person, and decide if that person can meet their needs.”

Relationship Elements has a library of online dating advice to reinforce healthy habits that foster relationships, even in these uncertain times. The website is a great resource for singles wondering what to do or where to go to find a real-life romance, and Betty said she’s working on developing online courses to bring more clarity and insight to the dating scene.

12 Years Later: Betty Has Inspired Countless Success Stories

Relationship Elements prepares single people to recognize and receive love, and its heartfelt lessons can benefit them for a lifetime.

Betty said the most rewarding part of being a dating coach is seeing her clients grow and transform their lives. She has received numerous testimonials from clients who credit her with giving them the strength, skills, and confidence to find love.

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Relationship Elements empowers singles to reach their relationship goals.

“Before I met Betty, I was lost,” said Karen M. “I have learned a lot from her, and I am still learning. She made me feel better about myself.”

A 59-year-old nurse named Lori D. said she saw fast results after working with Betty. “She had me dating within two weeks,” Lori said. “It was the best investment in myself that I ever made.”

Four years ago, a divorced woman came to Betty hoping to find a fresh start in the dating scene. The coaching sessions taught her to be resilient in the face of challenges and stay open to the possibility of love. That attitude shift helped her to give her all to her next serious relationship, and she got married in the summer of 2019.

“It warms my heart to see people find the right person and use what they’ve learned,” Betty said. “I give people the tools, but they do the hard work to decide to love someone and make a relationship last.”

Relationship Elements Supports People on Their Journey

Betty started her career by helping people transform the interior of their homes, and now she focuses on the interior of their hearts. Her coaching program and profile writing services support modern daters as they navigate a fast-changing dating scene.

Relationship Elements can motivate singles to figure out what they want in a partner and take steps to turn that dream into a reality. Betty offers insights into online dating, healthy communication, self-care, and compatibility, so her clients have greater knowledge and confidence when building relationships.

“My role is to help people get from where they’re at to where they want to be,” Betty said. “There’s no bigger decision people can make than who they choose to be in a relationship with. It affects every aspect of life.”

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