Ask a Matchmaker

Ask a Matchmaker

Ask a Matchmaker is your weekly go-to podcast for all things love and relationships. Hosted by fourth generation matchmaker and founder of Agape Match, Maria Avgitidis, Ask a Matchmaker gives you no-nonsense insight into dating, relationships, compatibility, and love. Maria and her weekly special guest answer questions to help you venture through the jungle that is modern love. Whether you're looking for someone or you're happily taken, Maria will keep you inspired to keep going down the path of love every week, and hopefully gain a great tip or two to ignite the spark or keep the sparks flying!


November 22, 2022 45 min

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Match Group’s annual Singles in America study has been released and Maria has a few thoughts about it! Today, Online Dating Coach Erika Ettin joins her to discuss the data. 

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Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world...

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This week, Maria takes your questions with Celebrity Dating Coach, Damona Hoffman!

Damona Hoffman has been coaching singles on how to find love online and offline for over 15 years. Damona Hoffman is the dating expert of the new generation. An online dating early-adopter and success story, she has been showing singles how to harness the power of technology to find love for over a decade.

Her articles appear regularly in The LA Times ...

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Maria has a chat with Violetta Lazé on the energetics that shape our relationships.


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Violetta Lazé is an intuitive guide, astrologer, hypnotherapist, and spiritual psychology coach in life and relationships. She has assisted in the soulful transformation and individuation of high achieving professionals from all over the world to embody their innate power while ...

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Loving reminder! We’re a week away from the midterm election. Make a plan to vote! 

Joining Maria to answer your dating and relationship questions is Congressman Eric Swalwell! 

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Representative Eric Swalwell was elected to represent California’s Fifteenth Congressional District in 2012, which includes a large part of the East Bay. Now in his fourth term, he’s workin...

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This week, Maria speaks with relationship therapist Kim Polinder.

Kim is a relationship expert who assists others through individual and couples counseling. Kim was born in South Korea and adopted when she was a baby. Her personal journey involved navigating abandonment issues, alcohol addiction, and barriers to emotional intimacy. Kim’s studies of eastern and western approaches to healing have given her a well-informed perspective ...

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It’s another hotline and this week, Maria is joined by her friend and comedian Joyelle Johnson! Follow Joyelle on Instagram at

If you want to ask Maria a question on an upcoming hotline, be sure to follow her on Instagram to know when she’ll be going live: 

Questions this week include…

  • How do you stay hopeful when you have bad dating moments?
  • Should I ask “wh...
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    This episode is brought to you by Nuuly. You can get $20 off your first month of Nuuly when you sign up with the code MATCHMAKERMARIA20. 


    In this episode, Maria shares insane text screenshots sent to her from our listeners. Maria dissects these with her podcast producer and the host of the Meet a Stranger podcast, Matt Haze.

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    Maria is joined by her work husband, Louie Felix, to take your questions. 

    Questions Asked This Week Include…

  • I’m moving to Austin in a few months! Should I wait to date when I move?
  • I can’t tell if he’s love bombing me or just ito me. How do I tell the difference?
  • I’m really interested in a guy, but I take health more seriously than he does. How else can I tell him that this is a priority and really important for me?
  • When it comes to c...
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    Maria is joined by her work husband, Louie Felix, to take your questions. 

    Questions from this week’s episode include…

  • I feel sad about my single life ending. How do I shake this off?
  • I’m getting back into the dating life after being burnt. Can you give me any tips?
  • The man I’m dating is not the man I imagined I would be with. What do I do?

  • Follow Matchmaker Maria on Instagram at and to learn more ab...

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    We have some exciting news to share with you about Season 3 of Ask a Matchmaker, which returns next week on Tuesday, September 27th!

    Remember new episodes this season come out on TUESDAYS!

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     This week, Maria talks with Logan Ury! The two talk about everything from her recent wedding, how time is different in online dating apps, the science behind online dating and even circumcision. (Seriously!) Plus the two talk about how to really have deep, compelling conversations early on in dating.Logan Ury is a behavioral scientist turned dating coach and the author of the bestselling dating book How to Not Die Alone. She works...

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    We’re answering YOUR questions again this week! If you have a question you’d like to personally ask Maria, be sure to follow her on Insta to know when the hotline will open up next! @MatchmakerMaria 

    This week, we talk about…

  • How do I find confidence in my body and myself when going out on a date?
  • Should I move to a new city to find men that meet my criteria?
  • Maria goes on a rant about women’s preference in height in men. (She is 5...
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     You’ve heard Maria talk about the Agape Intensive program. But what is it like? What happens? This week, Maria speaks with Elena and Amanda, two graduates from the program to tell you their experience being in the program and about how they ended up meeting their person after the program!It’s more than just a way to help you meet your person. It’s a community of people going through the same thing that become friends that support ...

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     It’s another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline. There’s a real theme this week with all of the questions that you can take away: HAVE FUN! It’s summer! Get out there! Go meet people! Enjoy life! Don’t overthink it!

    This week we talk about…

  • Why shouldn’t we exchange phone numbers on a dating app before our first date?
  • I currently live overseas and will be moving back to the states next year. What can I do to prepare myself for d...
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    This week, Maria sits down with therapist Tess Bringham! Dubbed the ‘Millennial Therapist’ by CNBC, Tess Brigham specializes in helping millennials and now, Gen-Zers discover their unique life path. She offers individuals concrete tools and skills on navigating obstacles in their lives when feeling lost. Tess is a vital resource for those who may be feeling stuck, uninspired, or uncertain by where they are in life. She brings her e...

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     This week, we’re bringing in the heavy hitters to help with your dating questions with Agape Match’s Online Dating Manager, Erika Ettin. Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for O...

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     This week is a special chat with Terry Real!

    Terrence Real is an internationally recognized family therapist, speaker, author, and the founder of the Relational Life Institute (RLI). He wrote THE book on male depression, he’s the marriage counselor Esther Perel turns to, and Bruce Springsteen and Bradley Cooper are among his clients and fans.

    His latest book, In US: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship publish...

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    It’s another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline! You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! If you want to be on an upcoming hotline episode, be sure to follow Maria on Instagram to know when we’ll open it up again. Things discussed in this week’s hotline…

  • I can’t tell if he’s playing games. How do I trust my instinct?
  • I’m struggling with connecting with potential dating partners because we hav...
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    This week, Maria chats with Aminatou Sow!Aminatou Sow is a writer, interviewer, and cultural commentator. She is a frequent public speaker whose talks and interviews lead to candid conversations about ambition, money, and power. Aminatou lives in Brooklyn.She co-hosted the podcast Call Your Girlfriend with her friend, the journalist and editor Ann Friedman. Together, they also wrote the best-selling book, Big Friendship.Follow Amin...

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     This week, Agape Match’s Online Dating Manager, Erika Ettin, is joining Maria for the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline to answer your questions. If you want to be part of the next tech support, click the link below!Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is ...

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