For the prepared
Why do people avoid premarital counseling? Often for two reasons:
1. You think that you shouldn’t need counseling before you get married.
Premarital counseling is often looked down upon because people think that the engagement period should be the best time a couple has. This may be a happy time but even happy couples experience conflict or even simply want to walk into their union with their eyes wide open. With nearly 50 percent of marriages in the United States ending in divorce it is prudent that you prepare for this next phase of your life. You will need as much support and guidance as possible and I am here to help.
2. Premarital counseling is often given by the church but you aren’t religious.
Premarital counseling is not only for the religiously inclined. My services have been tailored to reflect the years or research done by relationship experts. You will find my techniques useful regardless of your religious affiliations. I suggest this service for all newly engaged couples so that you know what to expect. I will analyze your relationship and help you address any potential questions or concerns you may have about getting married.
Let me help you have the hard conversations and prepare you for the journey ahead. I will let you know what to expect and tell you the things that no one talks about because married couples often like to keep their issues private. Needing or wanting counseling before you are married does not mean that your relationship is doomed to fail. You should not be ashamed of seeking help. You should be proud that you have made it this far. Seeking me out means that you and your future spouse are willing to invest in the health and success of your relationship. That is a very good sign.
The majority of couples never seek counseling or choose to wait even after they realize that they need help. With the divorce rate in America being 50 percent, it’s important not to put these things on hold. Don’t wait until it’s too late to invest in your relationship.
*Same day appointments available upon request
What to Expect:
The Premarital program is a minimum of four weeks.
Your first appointment is a mixture of a get to know you session and the beginning of the assessment process. It is an opportunity for us to begin to explore your relationship. It is one of the most important sessions but also one of the most low-key sessions because I know people are often nervous about the process. After we have discussed your goals and what you wish to receive from your sessions we will develop strategies in which you will be given homework to put into practice and we will discuss the results at your following session.
All sessions are 50 minutes long. The $100 payment is collected at the end of each session.
Please take advantage of my free consultation. Call 678-710-1255
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Do I really need therapy?
Therapy is beneficial for everyone not just for those who are on the verge of breaking up or those who have experienced trauma. My resources will give you the tools you need to cope with the daily stresses of life and become the healthiest you that you can be.
What will it cost?
Marriage counseling is often not covered by the American healthcare system insurances. I have set my prices to increase access for people who often can not afford such services. Families who qualify for state benefits will be priced on a sliding scale at my discretion. I do not accept insurance. Being paneled with insurance companies can drastically limit the services I can provide. I prefer to design your relationship counseling around your needs rather than your insurance company’s needs. Therapy is an investment in yourself, your relationships and your future. All new clients will be encouraged to invest in themselves and the health of their relationships, the stakes are high.
How do I pay?
I collect payment at the end of each session. I accept debit/credit and multiple payment apps such as paypal and Venmo.
Who are these services directed towards?
My services are available to all people. However, my expertise is in African American relationships. Because I am so passionate about relationship therapy, my practice is focused on couples, families, and individuals who would like to address interpersonal relationship issues only.
How much time should I commit?
I ask that for general couples counseling you commit to one hour a week for at least four months. After that we can discuss your progress and assess if weekly appointments are still helping or if moving to biweekly would work. As time goes by, the intention is to lengthen the time between appointments and eventually you would just come in for periodic tune-ups
Premarital counseling is usually done over a three- to six-month period. You can come in once a week or every other week until all eight – ten sessions are complete.
Divorce counseling varies a great deal, but I do request that you commit to weekly appointments for the first month and then at least biweekly appointments after that. Over time we will then cut down to monthly meetings and then check-in appointments every few months.
Need to Cancel?
I ask that if you are not going to be able to attend a session that you cancel 48 hours ahead of time. I understand, life happens and sometimes you will need to take a break for a week. For last minute cancellations I like to be reasonable so, the first time you have a late cancellation there will simply be a $45 fee. In the future, however, if you cancel with less than 48 hours, you will be charged your full session fee. Last minute or continual cancellations can be indicative of your commitment level to the counseling process.
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