Premarital Counseling

Laying the foundation for your future together

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.

An engagement is an ideal time to strengthen a relationship and prepare for a healthy, happy marital relationship, according to research on premarital education. This window of opportunity can even last through the first six months of marriage. Premarital education can reduce the risk of divorce by 30 percent.

It can also help couples manage the stress of wedding planning. Premarital education 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.

Start Right, Stay Connected

For Engaged and Newly Married Couples

The COVID-19 pandemic moved up my plans to create an online course version of the popular Start Right, Stay Connected Workshop. Start Right Stay Connected is a program founded on the most recent research as well as the clinical experience of hundreds of marriage counselors from around the world trained in Imago Relationship Therapy. I am not creating a waiting list for those interested in doing a live worship via Zoom.

Interested in taking the Start Right, Stay Connected workshop?

In this one day workshop, engaged and newly married couples will learn:

It is certainly the most bang for your buck at just $325 per couple, and it meets the premarital counseling needs for 90% of couples. In addition, we find that any “individual couples counseling” needed goes so much more quickly, once couples have learned the skills in this workshop. Find the next workshop dates here

  • Powerful communication skills
  • Practical tools for relationship “hot buttons”
  • Effective (and peaceful) conflict resolution
  • How to remove negativity from the relationship
  • How to keep the romance alive, nurture, and grow your relationship
  • How to affair-proof your marriage

Premarital Counseling

For those couples that prefer individualized premarital counseling, we can utilize a typical couples counseling protocol, emphasizing important topics for premarital couples to discuss and/or we can utilize the  Prepare/Enrich program.

The Prepare/Enrich 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.

Please note that the Prepare/Enrich survey will cost approximately $35. For more information about premarital or marriage enrichment counseling, please email

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
  • develop a more balanced relationship

Wedding Officiant

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.
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