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Larissa Hanson

Founder, CEO, Coach

Larissa is the sole founder, designer, and leader of Dating IRL. She is incredibly passionate about changing the culture & rules of dating because she, too, was disappointed with the structure and values integrated with the current dating culture. There are a lot of wonderful and well-intentioned people out there but the dopamine-driven, all-or-nothing, wall-building, hyper-sexual, pro-ghosting dating culture has created a multitude of barriers against connecting with ourselves and with others. “We owe it to ourselves to create something better,” Larissa believes. This is now her goal: To create a mindful, supportive, hands-on, fun, and resource-rich environment for singles to find their own light, see the light in others, and gain skills to illuminate the path to a healthy, loving relationship. She supports other singles with one-on-one coaching, classes, cohorts, and community-building events. 


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, 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 she had to go through to get here. This powerful journey of growth, possibility, dignity, and strength is at the foundation of The Mindful Dating Coach's principles. Larissa has been fascinated by romantic relationships and love since a young age 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 Dating IRL or The Mindful Dating Coach 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 Dating IRL 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.


Larissa Hanson
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