What to Expect
What Happens Next?
Fill out this form and I’ll contact you within 24 hours to get you enrolled in the assessment and find a great time for our first session.
You’ll also receive detailed instructions via pdf on how the marriage prep course will look week-to-week once you begin.
In the meantime, here are The Details:
The Main Course
The standard 6-week course includes:
- 3 face-to-face counseling sessions in Oxford, Tupelo, or Online.
- the research-backed SYMBIS Marriage Assessment
- a copy of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
- the blueprint for 3 essential date nights.
Some Customizations Include:
The Long-Distance Relationship
Do you and your fiance live far from each other during your engagement? Do you live far away from North Mississippi? No worries. We can set up an enriching experience via Skype or FaceTime.
The Second Chance
Getting re-married? Second marriages come with their own unique challenges and concerns. We’ll cover them all as we prepare for a healthy and life-giving restart.
The Early Bird Special
I believe the best time to seek out Marriage Prep is BEFORE you get engaged and share the news with all your Instafollowers. Even if you aren’t ready for the Main Course, schedule a session and we’ll start asking the right questions together
What is marriage prep/pre-marital counseling?
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 Starting Well cost?
My six-week Marriage Prep Course includes the cost of three counseling sessions ($132 each), plus $50 to cover the marriage assessment and book.
Note: I do offer some sliding scale slots for couples in need of pre-marital counseling but facing financial hardship. Please let me know if that would be helpful.
Is this a Christian counseling 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.
Is this Christian counseling?
I’m a person who tries to be more like Jesus every day. Many of my Christian clients have said that my counseling style has helped them find a deeper understanding of the Gospel and a closer walk with God, in addition to helping them overcome their personal challenges.
I also recognize that people of all faiths (and no faith) can struggle with life’s burdens. Everyone interested in being my client will be treated with empathy and respect and offered research-backed tools to help them take make the changes they desire, regardless of their background.
When should we begin pre-marital counseling?
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.