In this episode of Art of Authenticity, we had a conversation with Dr. Frankie Bashan, psychologist, matchmaker and relationship guru.On the show today we are joined by Dr. Frankie Bashan, psychologist, matchmaker and relationship guru! She has over 20 years of experience working with couples and individuals and has managed to find her calling and passion in a life devoted to helping others to find love. Her company, Little Gay Book, serves the lesbian and bisexual community but you better believe that the ideas she shares on the show are applicable to everyone!Frankie is so honest and hilarious as she tells us about her early pull towards matchmaking and how she found her father a new partner when she was just 14-years-old! In our conversation we dive into online dating, setting up her business, balance, vulnerability and she offers a strong message about the powers of hope and love. For this beautiful and inspiring chat, be sure to join us!Dr. Frankie Bashan has specialized in working with the LGBT community, and specifically with couples and individuals with relational difficulties. After nine years of clinical experience Dr. Frankie Bashan sought a less formal and more dynamic setting to apply her talents. She followed her passion of connecting people and bringing happiness to their lives by becoming a professional matchmaker. Dr. Frankie Bashan launched Little Gay Book and quickly became the premiere lesbian matchmaking service in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Diego, Hawaii, Denver (and growing).

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Show Notes:

  • Frankie’s personal and professional journey from psychologist to matchmaker. [3:21]

  • First clients, building a database and the business model in the beginning. [7:25]

  • The feeling of finding her purpose and balancing this healthily. [11:08]

  • Frankie’s advice to those struggling to find love! [13:40]

  • What it really means to put yourself out there. [15:45]

  • Is there a difference working in the gay community? [18:45]

  • The evolving sphere of sexualities and identities. [20:31]

  • Frankie’s guide to online dating and dating apps. [24:05]

  • When is it the right time to leave a relationship? [27:22]

  • Waiting too long to seek help from outside. [29:38]

  • The vulnerability of trust and the task of repairing it. [34:12]

  • Differences between loving and being in love with someone. [35:12]

  • Working on things and a healthy level of effort for a relationship. [39:22]

  • Frankie’s definition of an authentic life! [43:07]

  • And much more!

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