Premarital Counseling For a Lifetime of Love

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Premarital Counseling Questions: How Much Does Premarital Counseling Cost?

By Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, Founder of Growing Self Counseling & Coaching

So often, couples in the midst of planning (and paying for) a wedding fail to prioritize premarital counseling. While this is understandable, it can also lead to tragic consequenses, years down the road. So I want to commend you for researching premarital counseling, and considering making the quality of your future as much of a priority as the wedding.

Because I believe so strongly in the importance of high quality premarital counseling, we have expanded our options for premarital counseling services over the years. We currently offer three opportunities for you to do premarital counseling with us, including our Lifetime of Love premarital class, our “I DO!” premarital program, and private premarital counseling

Part of the reason we offer so many premarital counseling options is to meet people where they are, financially. My hope is that by offering you less expensive alternatives for premarital counseling it will increase the chances of your following through with it. (And reduce the likelyhood that you'll have to return for marriage counseling down the road).

Here's what you can expect to pay for premarital counseling @ Growing Self:

Our Lifetime of Love Premarital (and Relationship) Class is our most affordable premarital counseling alternative. Lifetime of Love (or “LOL” as we like to call it around here) is a six hour class that meets in person at either our Denver or Broomfield offices. (You can choose which location when you sign up). Our “LOL” class covers the most important relationship skills, like how to keep your love strong, how to communicate, how to keep the spark alive in your romance, how to create agreement, how to resolve conflict, and how to build a future together. Typically, the class meets for three, two-hour sessions. We have both evening and weekend options available.

Your class will be  taught by either Meagan Terry, M.A., LMFT or Brenda Fahn, M.A., LMFT. Both Meagan and Brenda are extremely experienced marriage counselors and premarital counselors who have helped countless couples have healthy, happy relationships. Because both Meagan and Brenda are “advanced clinicians” they typically charge $125 per 45 minute private session, or $165 for a 60 minute session. However, they charge just $260 per couple for the entire Lifetime of Love class. That's a savings of over $700, compared to the cost of 6, 60 minute private sessions with one of them. The Lifetime of Love is a bargain. Learn more about the Lifetime of Love Premarital Class, or register now.

Our “I DO!” Premarital Counseling Program is the second most affordable option for premarital counseling. This is a structured program that is intended to assess your relationship, and provide targeted coaching around any areas that at could cause possible problems in the future. The first step of this program is to meet for a free consultation session with the premarital counselor of your choice to make sure it feels like a good fit to work together. Then, you'll take our free premarital relationship assessment to identify the strengths and “growth areas” of your relationship. Then you'll go over the results of your assessment with your premarital counselor. Depending on your needs, you'll typically meet for a total of 3 to 5 private premarital “coaching” sessions to build the skills you need to succeed together.

The cost of this program varies a bit on who you work with, how many sessions you need, and whether you choose to meet for 45 or 60 minute sessions. If you work with one of our “advanced clinicians” (Brenda Fahn, M.A., LMFT, Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT, or Meagan Terry, M.A., LMFT) you'll pay about $125 per 45 minute session (or possibly lower if you qualify for our income based sliding scale rates.) If you work with one of our “master's level clinicians” (Kathleen Stutts, M.Ed.) you will pay $105 per forty five minute session, or lower, if you qualify for their sliding scale rates.

Learn more about our “I DO!” Premarital Counseling Program, or schedule your free consultation session. 

Lastly, we offer private premarital counseling. Couples often choose this option when they have significant issues to resolve in their relationships prior to getting married, or have specific things they need to achieve agreement around. It is more difficult to estimate the cost for this work, because different couples may need more (or less) intensive services to resolve their problems and repair their relationship. The cost for this type of premarital counseling depends on who you work with, how long your sessions are, whether you qualify for sliding scale rates, and how many sessions you need. Your best option for getting an accurate picture of the cost is to schedule a free consultation session with the person you'd be working with, and talk it through.

In closing, I hope that you consider private premarital counseling as an important investment in the quality of your marriage, your family, and your life together. While some people get over-focused on the cost of couples counseling, they do so at the risk of not considering the alternatives: The cost — both financially and emotionally — of divorce. We specialize in evidence-based, short term approaches for couples counseling that get results, and all of our premarital counseling programs are a valuable investment in your future together.

I hope you take advantage of at least one of them.

With love and respect,

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, PhD, LMFT, BCC


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Meet Our Team of Premarital Counseling Experts

Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT

Jessica Small is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist premarital counselor with years of experience in helping couples identify their strengths, pinpoint potential problem areas, and resolve issues before they start. She leads our “I DO!” premarital program.

Meagan Terry, M.A., LMFT

Meagan Terry is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, and a relationship expert. She specializes in helping couples communicate, keep their love strong, and create healthy, happy families. She teaches our “Lifetime of Love” premarital and relationship class.
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Brenda Fahn, M.A., LMFT

Brenda Fahn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience in helping couples and families thrive. She is a certified Prepare-Enrich premarital counselor, and also teaches our “Lifetime of Love” premarital and relationship class.

Best Yet? We're Easy To Work With.

We're Convenient

  • Day, evening & weekend appointments.
  • We have convenient office locations across the Denver Metro area in Denver / Cherry Creek, Broomfield, and Denver Tech Center.
  • Travel? Busy schedule?  We offer online premarital counseling too.
  • Easy online scheduling, or call our 24/7 receptionist for live help.


We're Affordable

  • Our effective approach gets you results in fewer sessions
  • Our rates are reasonable, and we have sliding scale options
  • We offer cost-effective classes, or structured programs

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