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Pre-Marriage Counseling

Congratulations on your final steps towards deciding to be a married couple! This is such an exciting time for you. You are at a wonderful place in your relationship to prepare for the communication and conflict resolution skills you will need to be a successful married couple!  Our goal is to help you feel very confident when you walk down the aisle that you are prepared for the emotional challenges of married life without spending a ridiculous amount of money! When you select Dr. Stephanie’s Relationship Repair Shop as your Premarital Therapy provider, you have the benefit of choosing one of the Best Relationship Experts in the Metro DC region.  Stephanie has been interviewed about her program for couples on Washington DC News Channel 8 and on WBAL-11, in addition to being quoted as a relationship expert by Forbes, USA Today, and MSN.  At the same time, you will find that Dr. Stephanie and all of her couples therapists are very personable and caring.Dr. Stephanie provides her services and free advice in and around Silver Spring, Laurel Baltimore, and Columbia in the state of Maryland (MD).

Benefits of Premarital Counseling

  • Couples have more time to discern if this is definitely the right partner who has similar values, goals, and dreams for the marriage.
  • Couples learn relationship techniques to help them work out future problems, and they also have an opportunity to work out any problems they have been having during the engagement and dating relationship.
  • Couples are shown behaviors and attitudes that help lead to more successful marriage, according to the latest marriage research.
  • Couples get a report of their strengths and weaknesses, so that they can objectively think about their relationship
  • Couples learn the skills to have more peaceful, fulfilling, and long-term relationships.
  • Couples develop a relationship with a couples therapist, so that if problems arise after marriage they have someone objective and knowledgeable that they can turn to for help.
  • If a couple is unsure about marriage, the counselor will not make a decision for the couple, but will make recommendations and discuss concerns with the couple to help guide them towards making a good decision.

Common FAQ about Premarital Counseling

Q. How much does Premarital Counseling cost?

A. Costs range from $80 – $175 per one hour session, depending upon the experience of the therapist that you select.  To keep the cost affordable for your pre-wedding budget, we encourage you to attend counseling one time per month while preparing for marriage and planning your wedding.  Scroll down the page to see the fees for each premarital therapist who is available here at the Relationship Repair Shop.

Q. When to Start Premarital Counseling?

A. We have worked with clients who have a wedding date or a deadline less than a month away.  Ideally, we can work at a more relaxed pace if we start 3-6 months in advance of a wedding date, but there is no exact time necessary.

Q. How many sessions do we attend Pre marriage Counseling?

A. For most couples, four session is the ideal amount of time needed to review all of your strengths and weaknesses and to learn techniques that will help you have a successful marriage.  On occasion, a couple finds that they would like an additional session(s) to finalize their counseling goals.

Q. What happens in Premarital Counseling?

A. We discuss and resolve any relationship problems that you have encountered so far, and we teach you couples therapy techniques that you will be able to use to work out future relationship issues that you will have (every couple has some).

Q. Do you use a Premarital Counseling Curriculum or Quiz?

A. Yes.  Between the first and second session, you will take the PREPARE online relationship quiz.  At your second session, you will receive the results of the Inventory, which outlines your strengths (areas of agreement) as a couple as well as your weaknesses (areas of disagreement as a couple).

Q. What is discussed in Premarital Counseling?

A. The PREPARE inventory gives a report about your agreement on many typical aspects of marriage such as conflict resolution, division of labor, finances, habits, sex, parenting, religious practices, and more.  All of these issues are discussed, and we recommend that you also discuss any other concerns or feelings that you are having about your relationship with your counselor.

Q. Are weekend and evening appointments available?

A. Yes, however it may take longer for you to get an appointment depending upon the time of year.

Q. Are there any other Premarital Resources that you provide?

A. Absolutely!  You will also receive a Premarital Counseling Workbook at your first session.  Some pastors or officiants require a letter or certificate of Premarital Counseling, and we write the letter at your final session.

We have been helping premarital couples in our Baltimore area location use PREPARE since 2006.  Many couples have learned to properly handle conflicts and repair problems.  This is a crucial skill that can save husbands and wives from endless amounts of heartache and pain in the future. Fees include $75 for the cost of the PREPARE inventory set-up, report, and assessment (paid at the first session) in addition to the cost per one-hour session paid at the time of each session.  The session costs are $80 per one-hour session for Therapist Connie Wesley, $125 per one-hour session for Therapist Sherrie Ludwick, and $175 per one-hour session with Dr. Stephanie Knarr.

What Are The Next Steps?

Step 1. Select a Counselor at one of our Therapy Locations that is right for your budget, location, and schedule.

Step 2.  Make An Appointment by clicking on the button at the top of the page.  Schedule a One-Hour Couples Therapy Appointment with your Therapist.  Or Contact Our Office to Get Help Booking an Appointment.  After your appointment has been booked, your counselor will be in contact with you to confirm and to make sure you have the directions for your first appointment.

Step 3. Between now and your first appointment, peruse the free resources here on our site, including the Free Couples Therapy Worksheets, Relationship Advice on our Blog, Videos, and More!

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