Duchess Digest: Dr. Michelle and Ms Typed Dates

By Jill Brown

Whenever I meet amazing and collaborative women I want to get up and shout it to the world. Luckily I have a column, so I get to opportunity to do just that every week! Drum roll please . . . announcing, Dr. Michelle Callahan!  You may recognize Dr. Michelle as the Co-host for the hit mean girl makeover reality series “Queen Bees” on The N or as the Co-Host and Life Coach for BET’s inside-outside makeover show REMIXED (in addition to a full line-up of expert media contributions on MTV, CNBC, VH1 and the CW’s America’s Next Top Model). She’s a relationship expert, a coach, a developmental psychologist and she’s also the author of Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success.

I recently interviewed Dr. Michelle for Single Minded Women and all the ladies who want to know more about what she does, how she helps and to learn about the great new partnership she’s forged with VTech Communications and their “Stay Grounded” campaign.

I started by asking Dr. Michelle why she got into her particular field. “I wanted to help people get the best information possible for their health, relationships and well being,” she explained to me. “When I was earning my PhD at Yale, we were learning about how individuals cope with challenges and what keeps them motivated in a clinical and academic way – but I wanted to learn how to bridge that gap and provide real tools to the common person for solving problems and understanding relationships.”

“That sounds like it was likely the motivation behind your book, Ms: Typed, too?”

“Yes,” Dr. Michelle explained that she was going on TV shows and answering questions and finding out that often the questions were about fixing the other person in the relationship. “So,” she said, “I wanted to help these women realize that it’s better to choose the right kind of person to begin with than to start trying to make them different after you’re dating or in a relationship.” I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Michelle’s “start with self” approach to dating! Her book Ms. Typed, is about self-identifying the major “types” of dater/woman you are first and then she explains and provides specific advice and help based on your self identification. Start with where you are – then go out and find a partner who fits you (no more changing others!).

So I asked Dr. Michelle, “what is ‘Stay Grounded’ (staygrounded.com) and can you tell us a little more about it?” She explained that ‘Stay Grounded’ is really about getting people connected. In our increasingly social media and technology driven world, we may be connecting more often to more people, but it’s been shown in tests and studies that deeper communication fosters well being. And deeper communication comes through talking. VTech is starting the ‘Stay Grounded’ campaign to remind people that talking, conversations and meaningful conversations equate to happier people with more grounded relationships. I couldn’t agree with that more myself! I personally love my Twitter followers and Facebook friends but when it comes to deep conversations I’ll always call my sister, mom or best friend to talk through issues, joys and personal subjects.

As a special offer for Single Minded Women’s readers and in celebration of Dr. Michelle Callahan’s involvement with the ‘Stay Grounded’ website and campaign, VTech is offering a special giveaway of their LS6245 phone! Just leave us a comment below with your contact email or email me directly at jill@singlemindedwomen.com with the subject “Stay Grounded” and you’ll be entered to win. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s Duchess Digest column and one lucky Single Minded reader will get a new VTech LS6245 phone!

Enter to win and be sure to check out Dr. Michelle through the ‘Stay Grounded’ campaign or on her website, DrMichelle.com.

-Jill Brown

Jill Brown is a Los Angeles, California-based coach and writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous selves for dating success.  For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: http://theduchessguide.com/

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