Congratulations on your engagement! If you are planning to get married or make a long-term commitment to your partner, counseling is one of the smartest way to invest in the future of your relationship.
As an expert in pre-marital counseling, with intensive training in both Gottman Method Couples Therapy and the PREPARE/ENRICH marriage counseling method, our counselors have helped many couples navigate the many stages of relationship ahead and learn what it takes to grow a lifelong, fulfilling relationship.
Research reviewing numerous premarital counseling effectiveness studies found that couples who participate in pre-marriage preparation report on average a 30% stronger marriage than couples who did not participate in pre-marriage counseling (Stanley, Amato, Johnson & Markman, 2006).
It is never too early to begin working on your relationship. Learn what makes healthy, satisfying, and sustainable marriage--schedule your first pre-marital counseling session today.
GOALS OF PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING:
Explore strength and growth areas
Strengthen communication skills
Identify and manage major stressors
Learn how to resolve conflict
Develop a more balanced relationship
Understand personality differences and maximize teamwork
Explore family of origin issues
Discuss financial planning and budgeting
Establish personal, couple and family goals
Pre-Marital and Pre-Commitment Counseling is designed for all couples who are preparing for marriage or commitment or are at an early stage in their relationship. we also offer “Pre-Engagement Counseling”, which is designed for couples who are considering marriage and engagement but have not yet worked through some issues in order for both partners to feel comfortable with commitment.
We offer a very structured counseling process for couples who are considering engagement or marriage. After conducting an extensive assessment of each couples' strengths and areas for growth through both clinical interviewing and a thorough computer assessment, we provide couples with a place to process differences, plan for the future, and learn the fundamental elements of healthy relationships.
One Day Workshop
We offer the Gottman "7 Principles Program For Making Marriage Work" workshop, which is a one-day class for all committed couples, but especially engaged couples!
This program is based upon the New York Times best seller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman, PhD. Straightforward in its approach yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this groundbreaking book teach partners new and startling strategies for making their marriage happy and healthy.
For over 30 years Dr. Gottman scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behaviors that puts thousands of marriage on the rocks. He helps couples focus on each other, on paying attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.
This class is designed to strengthen your marriage before it starts. If you have a strong relationship, this class will provide you with insights and tools to make it even better. If your relationship is distressed, this class will provide a road map for repair.
This class is led by Georgia’s first certified Gottman Therapist (CGT), Stephanie Cook, LCSW, who has an engaging and entertaining speaking style. Her workshops have been getting rave reviews since she began teaching them in 2015:
Online registration for our upcoming workshops are available here: