What are Premarital Conversations?
Premarital Conversations are now available to couples newly engaged or in the process of planning their wedding. Unlike many marriage preparation programs that utilize online surveys and other standard assessments, Premarital Conversations are guided by your needs as individuals, and as a couple.
Premarital Conversations offer a supportive container for you to explore yourselves and your relationship in a fun, relaxed and collaborative process. With me as guide and facilitator, together you will develop a better understanding of your strengths and challenges – individually and jointly – discover emergent possibilities and discern opportunities for growth in relationship to yourself and with each other.
The basic Premarital Conversations package includes 3 hour-long sessions with homework exercises to complete on your own between sessions (don’t worry…not that kind of homework!). We'll move from discussion of your relationship to exploring your feelings about the wedding to envisioning married life beyond the big day. Additional sessions can be added as desired.
How do Premarital Conversations work?
Ideally, Premarital Conversations occur between the most intensive ends of wedding planning: after you’ve gotten engaged, but before planning ramps up again as the day approaches. If this is not possible, adjustments can be made to work within most time frames.
Sessions are held in-person at my private office in Northampton, MA, or via FaceTime/Skype. The span between sessions depends on the total time frame we’re working within, ability to complete your homework exercises and both our scheduling needs.
The cost for the Premarital Conversations 3-session package is $225, or $75 per session. However, during the time I am working to fulfill my certification as a Psychosynthesis Practitioner, the total cost will be $105, or $35 per session. Additional sessions can be added at the discounted rate. During my internship period, the couple gives me permission to discuss our sessions in confidentiality with my supervisor as part of completing my training at The Synthesis Center.
Premarital Conversations are based upon my seminary education at The New Seminary including pastoral care, spiritual and premarital counseling, my Psychosynthesis training at The Synthesis Center, and my own experience in professional marriage counseling using the Imago model.
Premarital Conversations are not counseling or psychotherapy, nor is it an appropriate substitute for those struggling with deeper psychological issues or diagnosed mental health disorders. Click to read my Disclosures and Code of Ethics.
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