Planning for marriage? Congratulations – what an exciting time!
I applaud you for making a wise choice to pursue premarital counseling. That shows how much you value the health and longevity of your relationship. I’d love nothing more than to support you and your partner as you prepare for this beautiful journey.
But first, just a bit of background: I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist associate (LMFT-A) that specializes in couples counseling and relationships. I often work with married couples that realize they could have avoided pain and frustration if they had prepared better for marriage. My goal is to facilitate important dialogue before your wedding day so you can enter into lifelong commitment with confidence.
Be aware. There are many “premarital counselors” that are not licensed professionals so be sure to ask about credentials when you do your research. One good question to ask is: what are your professional limitations? If they answer “nothing”, that’s usually not a good sign.
Besides my therapy work, I’m certified in two excellent premarital programs: Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts (SYMBIS) and Prepare/Enrich. These hands-on programs are designed to provide couples with an objective look at their relationship dynamics, strengths, and growth areas. After getting to know you, I can help you select the one that suits you best.
I honor and celebrate each couple’s diversity – you are welcomed just as you are. I address specific needs for parenting, remarriage, and step/ blended families. I am also happy to collaborate with your church or place of worship if you need.
Some couples may think, “hey, we’ve talked about everything already” – and that’s great! In that case, premarital education can affirm your individual and relational strengths. Meanwhile, you will pick up a few skills that can further enrich your relationship and increase mutual understanding.
Research indicates premarital education and counseling can improve marital satisfaction, the quality of interaction, and increase willingness to seek help later on when couples hit bumps in the road. So why wait?
(Read my post: 5 Reasons Why Engaged Couples Avoid Premarital Counseling)
Fee: $180 per 50 minute session (+$35 for optional assessment)
$1300 for an 8-hour package (over 12% off), $35 assessment fee included
After completing 8 hours, you will receive a $60 discount on your marriage license. Yay!
Please contact me for a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if I’m a good fit for you. I’ll gladly answer all your questions.
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