Frequently Asked Questions

What is Marriage Prep?

Marriage Prep - also known as Pre-Marital Counseling - is an intentional way for couples to set themselves up well for lifelong love.  In addition to learning practical skills for communicating effectively, managing money, and cultivating intimacy, we'll also take a look at any expectations, hesitations, and parts of your story that you may be bringing down the aisle with you.

How do I begin?

Click here to begin.  After that, we will reach out to you via email with the next steps.

How much does it cost?

My six-week Marriage Prep Course includes the cost of three counseling sessions ($125 each), plus $75 to cover the marriage assessment and book.

Note: If this financial obligation is an issue, we will offer some group Marriage Prep experiences throughout the year at a reduced rate per couple.

Is this a Christian Marriage Prep course?

As a Pastoral Counselor and Pastor, my default framework for growing healthy marriages is helping engaged couples build their entire relationship upon the Gospel.  For those who have a religious background, they will find plenty of help integrating their marriage with their faith.

At the same time, I also realize that there are many people without a religious background who desire a healthy and happy marriage.  This course is also designed to meet them in that pursuit and offer helpful tools in an encouraging and confidential environment. 

When should we start Marriage Prep?

You can begin the Marriage Prep Course at any time during your engagement.  I would suggest scheduling it so that the sixth week is still at least three weeks away from the wedding.  That way you can focus on the work you are doing in your relationship before the busyness of the wedding begins.

Couples often ask if they can do Marriage Prep before they get engaged.  The answer is an emphatic YES!  In fact, I believe that counseling and discernment should be sought before the engagement pictures end up on Instagram.  Even if you aren't ready to kick off the full course, you can schedule a session to discuss the big decision together.

Are our conversations and communications private?

Yes.  Your privacy and confidentiality are extremely important to me.  You can be sure that everything discussed during this course is held in the strictest confidence.

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