An engagement is an ideal time to strengthen a relationship and prepare for a healthy, happy marital relationship, according to research on premarital counseling. This window of opportunity can even last through the first six months of marriage. Premarital counseling can reduce the risk of divorce by 30 percent. It can also help couples manage the stress of wedding planning. Premarital counseling presents an opportunity for couples to identify and resolve differences that can later cause conflict, understand each other at a deeper level, and learn skills that can help their marriage last a lifetime.
Even if you plan to be married by a member of clergy, there may be several reasons why you would prefer completing premarital counseling with a licensed mental health counselor. I can offer specialized insight and skills that may be helpful if there is any mental health diagnosis in bride, groom, or any member of either family. I am bound to the confidentiality standards of HIPPA, and you may not feel comfortable confiding some things to a member of clergy. Clergy may also be limited in the number of premarital sessions they can offer.
Together, we will determine what best fits the needs of your relationship. After taking the Prepare/Enrich inventory, we will meet together for at least 3-6 90 minute sessions; however, we can meet as many times as you feel is necessary. Individual sessions can be scheduled in addition to conjoint sessions. The sliding-fee scale applies to all counseling sessions.
program is highly valid and reliable, developed through several research studies. It includes a customized couple assessment that is completed online. The inventory addresses several aspects of relationship, personality, family of origin, and relationship dynamics; it also includes several scales that are customized for you.
As a trained facilitator, I will help you
- understand the results of your individual inventories,
- explore your relationship strengths and growth areas,
- improve communication skills,
- understand and appreciate your individual differences,
- identify and manage major stressors,
- resolve conflict, and
- develop a more balanced relationship.
Please note that the Prepare/Enrich survey will cost approximately $35.
For more information about premarital or marriage enrichment counseling, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I can also serve as an officiant for weddings. If you are interested in having me officiate your wedding, pre-marital counseling must be completed. Please contact me
for availability. You may also view a Sample Wedding Officiant Contract.