Premarital Counseling

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Marriage is an amazing love adventure between two people who have passionately said YES to each other for life. Unfortunately most couples spend more time and money planning their weddings than preparing for life-long marriages.

Premarital Counseling is highly recommended for couples planning to marry. Premarital education and marriage skills training greatly contribute to life-long love and stability while fostering a safe and secure bond between each other. It is beyond any doubt that happily married couples live longer, experience greater emotional stablility and engage in greater sexual intimacy. Children from a stable, loving and safe family environment also experience fewer social problems.

As an ordained Pastor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have the privilege of integrating both Pastoral insights with the profound wisdom of empirically valid counseling approaches. Along with my insights from Pastoral Ministry, I use both Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Prepare/Enrich to help couples get their marriage off to a great start and help them develop profound relational intimacy and the necessary relational skills that can last a lifetime.

 

Emotionally Focused Therapy?

EFT’s main goals are to expand and reorganize important emotional responses, implement and foster the creation of a secure bond between partners and help shift each partner’s position of interaction while initiating new cycles of interaction that are more beneficial. Emotionally Focused Therapy helps create secure, loving and lasting bonds between partners  and strives to reinforce the positive bonds that already exist. EFT works to intervene where needed and create change to help relationships work more effectively through a spirit of love, mutuality and reciprocity.

 

What is PREPARE/ENRICH?

PREPARE/ENRICH is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple’s strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. It is also used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement. Based on a couple’s assessment results, a trained facilitator provides 4-8 feedback sessions in which the facilitator helps the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.

Over 3 Million Couples!

Over the last 30 years, the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment has empowered and energized more than 3 million couples. We’re the #1 relationship inventory and couples assessment tool.

 

What are the major goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program?

There are several goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. In order to achieve these goals there are exercises designed to help couples improve their relationship skills. The program helps couples:

  • Explore strength and growth areas

  • Strengthen communication skills

  • Identify and manage major stressors

  • Resolve conflict using the Ten Step Model

  • Develop a more balanced relationship

  • Explore family of origin issues

  • Discuss financial planning and budgeting

  • Establish personal, couple and family goals

  • Understand and appreciate personality differences

 

What relationship areas are assessed by the Inventory?

  • 12 Relationship Scales — communication, conflict resolution, roles, sexuality, finances, spiritual beliefs and more

  • 5 SCOPE Personality Scales

  • 4 Couple and Family Scales — based on the Circumplex Model

  • 4 Relationship Dynamic Scales

  • 30 Customized Scales

 

Is the PREPARE/ENRICH Program valid & reliable?

An important strength of the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory is their strong psychometric properties. High levels of reliability and validity have been found for each instrument, making them valuable tools for research as well as clinical use.

  • National Norms based on over 500,000 couples

  • High Levels of Validity and Reliability

PREPARE has validity in that it discriminates premarital couples that get divorced from those that are happily married with about 80-85% accuracy. Reliability is high (alpha reliability of .80 – .85).

For more information about research with the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory, view Research Articles.

 

Who uses PREPARE/ENRICH?

The inventory has been utilized by over 100,000 trained clergy members, professional counselors, mentors, and marriage educators throughout the U.S.

Over 3 million couples have taken a PREPARE/ENRICH inventory and worked through their results under the guidance of one of our trained facilitators.

Currently residing in Kanagawa-ken, Yokosuka-shi, Yokosuka Japan
Phone: Japan-090 9147 4449 Stateside- 619 786 6508
Email: MarkGKarris@gmail.com