Helping you transform your life with the power of authentic love.

“Dr. Manly takes you on a heartfelt, transformative journey that enriches self-discovery and romantic relationships alike.”

– Dr. Orchid Johnson –

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My Personal Message to You

“May you always remember your innate beauty and the treasures that lie within you. May you walk toward your own true light with unwavering integrity. When challenges face you, as they assuredly will throughout life, may you meet them with courage that stems from your extraordinary inner strength. When you doubt or feel alone, trust that there are others who will support you and guide you when you call out. May you always remember that you are here for a purpose, and every day of your life you have the incredible opportunity to be true to yourself. May your life be filled with the light of love, integrity, peace, and wisdom.”

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My Latest Book

Stuck in unhealthy relationship dynamics? Yearning to find—or be—that perfect someone? Craving greater emotional connection? If these themes ring true, Dr. Carla Marie Manly’s fourth book, The Joy of Imperfect Love will be your best friend on an empowering, life-shifting journey into authentic love.

The Joy of Imperfect Love is a powerful guide filled with science-based concepts, captivating case
examples, and over 30 actionable exercises. Dr. Carla’s groundbreaking, attachment-based approach will help you foster self-love and emotionally attuned relationships. Supported by her engaging guidance, you will discover how to:

  • build strong, secure attachment
  • form positive, love-building habits
  • create uplifting internal narratives
  • heal unresolved attachment issues
  • communicate openly and honestly
  • let go of toxic or loveless relationships
  • experience empowering self-awareness
  • benefit from strong, healthy boundaries
  • notice red flags and unhealthy behaviors
  • attend to trauma and emotional wounds
  • develop greater mindfulness and inner calm
  • feel the joy of loving, connected relationships

Your best, authentic self will come alive as you discover how to use your feelings, thoughts, mindsets, energy, and actions to create balance and connection. The Joy of Imperfect Love also provides practical tips that foster genuine friendships, relationship ethics, emotional intelligence, connective
communication, healthy conflict, and relationship maintenance.

The results of your journey? As you embrace the truth that real love is messy, imperfect, and a work in progress, you’ll set yourself free from the grip of perfectionism. You’ll watch with joy as your connection to yourself—and those around you—blossoms and grows as never before. And through the lens of Dr. Carla’s life-shifting concepts, you’ll discover the freedom of genuine love—authentic, imperfect love.

My Latest Book

Creating Healthy Relationships From the Inside Out

We have HUGE expectations for finding the perfect partner but are too-often faced with the reality that dating is complicated! I’ve taken the anxiety and stress out of dating with my life-changing new book, Date Smart. The best-friend-in-a- book you’ve been looking for, Date Smart shows you how to make healthy dating simple and achievable. With a focus on helping you embrace your authentic self, Date Smart is an intelligent guide that includes 33 actionable mindset shifts, journaling prompts, and real-life examples. As you create stronger self-esteem and self-awareness, dating becomes fun and empowering. Based on clinical research, my genuine and uncomplicated approach makes healthy dating and relationship building a breeze.

Date Smart offers actionable tips for addressing common dating issues such as:

  • Low self-confidence, commitment-phobia, starting over, and mistrust
  • Attachment issues that lead to unhealthy and disastrous relationships
  • Recognizing and setting healthy boundaries for yourself
  • Finding authenticity with your sexuality and sexual needs
  • Identifying and assertively embracing healthy dating dynamics
  • Knowing when not to date and the upside of opting for periods of self-partnering
  • Evaluating and responding to relationship red flags
  • Addressing toxic dating dynamics including ghosting and sexual manipulation
  • Setting realistic expectations and honest relationship goals

“She shows a way, clearly and with certainty, to shift from fear that can tear a life apart to reimagining the role of fear in life.”

A game-changer. Dr. Carla's ground-breaking concept of imperfect love gives us and our loved ones room to be authentic and ever-learning.

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Dr. Manly’s latest book can be purchased on Amazon.

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