Many couples become so focused on making their wedding perfect, that they overlook the fact that an entire lifetime of marriage follows those brief hours. Premarital counseling provides an opportunity to step back from the planning and excitement, remember why you have committed to marry this person, and practice how to make your marriage become all God intends it to be.
I use a well-established relationship assessment tool, PREPARE/ENRICH, to discover your relational strengths and growth areas, explore personality traits, family of origin characteristics, and other areas which are key to marital unity and satisfaction. Many couples have found this to be one of the best investments they make in preparing themselves for a lifetime together. You can check this out at www.prepare-enrich.com
Every marriage is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Every marriage experiences the need to securely navigate transitions and seasons of life together. According to marriage expert Dr. John Gottman, couples wait an average of six years after hitting a relational roadblock before getting help. Why wait for harmful patterns to become ingrained?
In marriage counseling, I offer a safe environment to help you understand your situation, your unique strengths and perspectives, as well as uncovering and changing the patterns which may have you stuck. You will learn skills necessary to increase trust and establish heart to heart communication about the challenges you face together as a couple.
Family therapy helps families understand and improve the way members interact with each other and resolve conflicts. In these sessions, I seek to understand a family’s patterns of interaction and the way these may foster or maintain the problem. We safely examine family roles, rules, and behavior patterns that are contributing to the conflict; and explore family strengths that may enable the family, as a team, to work to resolve problems and strengthen relationships. Family therapy is frequently short-term and used together with marriage therapy.