Bonnie Summers, MA, LMFT, BCPCC
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, Christian authors and well-known specialists in marriage counseling have found that “living happily ever after is less a mystery than the mastery of certain skills.” In their book, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, the Parrotts focus on building a successful marriage and developing skills that marriage specialists have found in their research over the past two decades to be critical in healthy marriages.
These identified skills are some of the skills that I focus on in my premarital counseling work with couples. Some of these skills include:
Two options that I offer couples for pre-marital counseling are as follows:
The first option is what I call the "Basic Pre-Marital Counseling" package. This typically involves four counseling sessions and includes a pre-marital relationship assessment/inventory. This relationship inventory, called Prepare/Enrich, involves completing a questionnaire about areas of marital relationship including communication, conflict resolutions, finances, spirituality, extended family, parenting and more. The counseling sessions will involve taking the assessment and using the results as a basis for exploring the areas of your relationship in which you have strengths and identifying those areas in your relationship that offer opportunities for growth.
The second option is what I call the "In-Depth Pre-Marital Counseling" package. Here, I strive to provide an in-depth, biblically-based premarital counseling experience. This option will provide you the opportunity to spend additional time on "the marriage." By investing more time in pre-marital counseling, you will be able to address important issues that can strengthen your marriage for years to come.
The In-Depth Pre-marital Counseling option typically includes between 8 to 10 sessions. Specifically, this program is comprised of the following:
It is my hope to equip couples with the skills they need to grow healthier, more successful marriages… the way God intends for it to be.
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