Pre-Marital Counseling

Why is pre-marital counseling important?

The average cost of a wedding in Central Florida is $20,000 and couples spend, on average, a year of engagement planning for the big day. What couples often forget to do as they plan for the wedding is to plan for the marriage. The divorce rate in the United States is over 40% and this number increases significantly for 2nd and 3rd marriages. Nobody walks down the aisle planning to be divorced in the future but do very little to actively plan NOT to. The government, churches, and individuals are starting to take notice of the importance of planning for the relationship by increasing relationship skills.


PREPARE is a well-researched pre-marital counseling program developed by Dr. David Olson. It is a program based on a set of five inventories that examine major relationship issues a couple may experience. These inventories must be administered by a trained PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor and include 4-8 feedback sessions in which the counselor facilitates discussion between the couple based on their inventory results.

PREPARE is designed for all pre-marital couples including:
  • Dating/Engaged couples
  • Couples that live together
  • Couples that have children
  • Couples that are over 50
The goals of the PREPARE model include:
  1. To explore Relationship Strengths and Growth Areas
  2. To learn Assertiveness and Active Listening Skills
  3. To learn how to resolve Conflict and improve Communication
  4. To help the couple discuss their Family-of-Origin and understand themselves in relationships
  5. To help the couple discuss financial planning and budgeting
  6. To focus on personal, couple and family goals
What does it cost? The PREPARE program begins with the completion of an extensive couple inventory by each partner. The cost of this inventory is $30 (you pay with a credit card on-line when you complete the inventory). The cost of the 4-8 counseling sessions to follow is $100 per session (60-minute sessions). See Fees & Policies about discount information.

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