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Expert Premarital Counseling

DTC • Greenwood Village • Centennial • Parker • Aurora • Online

Premarital Counseling: The Secret of Strong, Happy Marriages.

Couples in Colorado spend on average over $15,000 on their weddings. But only a few invest in the most important part: How to have a strong, healthy, happy marriage once the party is over.  Most couples who do get premarital counseling often do so as an after-thought, or as a requirement of being married in their church or synagogue. They have a few perfunctory meetings with a clergy person, and call it good.

Unfortunately, as a result, many couples get married without having learned the basics of creating a happy, healthy, sustainable marriage. When couples don’t know how to prevent conflict, they run into trouble. Worst yet, when problems start coming up, they don’t know what to do to fix it. Some then come to marriage counseling for help. Some, sadly, get divorced. But you don’t have to be a statistic. You can be proactive about getting the skills and strategies to create a lifetime of love together.

The premarital counselors of Growing Self know that great relationships don’t just happen. Long term relationships require skills: Great communication, strong teamwork, shared hopes and dreams, and daily action to show each other love and respect. These beautiful things only happen when couples are thoughtful, and intentional about learning how to be the very best partners for each other.

As marriage counselors, we often work with couples who are on the brink of divorce. We see the sadness and tragedy that happens when couples don’t learn these vital relationship skills. We also know what it really takes to have a fantastic, healthy marriage. So that is why we make prevention of relationship problems — through excellent, effective premarital counseling — a priority of our practice.

Our Premarital Counseling Options

Because we care so deeply about the success of your marriage, we have three fantastic options for premarital counseling at Growing Self.

THE CLASS

OUR LIFETIME OF LOVE PREMARITAL AND RELATIONSHIP CLASS is an affordable, six hour, information-packed class led by one of our expert premarital counselors. You’ll learn the fundamentals of strong relationships, communication skills, how to avoid conflict, how to create agreement, and how to get on the same page. Enroll today — our classes sell out fast!
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THE PROGRAM

OUR STRATEGIC “I DO!” PREMARITAL PROGRAM gives you both privacy and structure. Your premarital counselor will give you access to a relationship assessment that maps out your current strengths and growth opportunities. Then you’ll meet privately with your premarital counselor for 3-5 sessions to resolve any issues and learn new skills.

PRIVATE COUNSELING

OUR PRIVATE PREMARITAL COUNSELING SERVICES allow you to talk about your relationship honestly, and strengthen your bond and commitment before embarking on the adventure of marriage together. You’ll meet privately with an expert premarital counselor who will help you resolve issues, and learn the skills and strategies for a successful marriage.

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FLEXIBILITY

WE TAILOR OUR APPROACH TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. Want to take our Lifetime of Love class, and maybe also have a couple of private sessions? No problem. Prefer to do our structured “I DO” program, but need to talk about a few unique circumstances too? That is completely okay. Let us know what you want and we’ll accommodate you. Just ask.

Meet Our Team

We Are Relationship Experts

Jessica Small, M.A., LMFT

Jessica Small is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and life coach with years of experience in helping couples achieve optimum levels of health and happiness together. She is the director of our “I DO!” premarital program, and has helped countless couples prepare for successful marriages.

Kathleen Stutts, M.Ed., NCC, LPCC

Kathleen Stutts is a warm, compassionate, and insightful marriage counselor, therapist, and life coach who can help you both get to the heart of the issues and repair your relationship. She has a sensitive, caring style that helps couples open up, communicate, and bring out the best in each other.

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Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, PhD, LMFT, BCC

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self. She’s a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience in helping couples love their relationships again. She has a warm, wise style that will help you both get on track. Get her free relationship advice on our Love, Happiness & Success blog and podcast.

IS PREMARITAL COUNSELING NECESSARY?

No, premarital counseling is not a requirement to get married, and it’s an easy to prioritize other expenses instead. However, just like what happens when you disregard other essentials (exercise, nutrition, sleep) the consequences caused by not investing in premarital education are much harder and more expensive to treat than they are to prevent…. Read more

HOW MUCH DOES PREMARITAL COUNSELING COST?

The cost of high-quality premarital counseling can vary depending on who you see, how many sessions you require, and the format you choose. If you’re on a budget and looking for basic instruction on communication skills, getting on the same page around finances, priorities, etc. you may consider a class format. Classes tend to be most affordable and usually cost around…. Read more

CAN WE DO PREMARITAL COUNSELING ONLINE?

Online premarital counseling can be very effective and helpful for many couples. This is especially true for long-distance couples, couples in rural areas, couples who travel, and very busy professionals who would find it difficult (or impossible) to attend sessions otherwise. However, there are situations where online premarital counseling may not be a good idea… Read more

IS THERE SECULAR, NON-RELIGIOUS PREMARITAL COUNSELING?

While the vast majority of people who engage in premarital counseling do so as a requirement of their religious organization, it is also unfortunately true that doing a worksheet or meeting a couple of times with a pastor is not sufficient to actually equip couples with the relationship skills necessary to manage inevitable conflict, communicate well under stress, and… Read more

Best Yet? We’re Easy To Work With.

We’re Convenient

  • Day, evening & weekend appointments.
  • Our DTC office is convenient to Greenwood Village, Centennial, Parker, Aurora, & Englewood.
  • We have additional locations in Denver (Cherry Creek) & Broomfield.
  • Travel a lot? 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 can help you use your insurance
  • We accept payments from FHSAs
  • Our premarital classes are shockingly affordable
  • Our structured “I DO!” program streamlines premarital counseling, giving you a great value.
Tammy Gaiter

Tammy Gaiter

Client Services Team

Questions About Premarital Counseling?

If you have more questions about our premarital counseling services, or need help enrolling in a class or program, we’re here to help.

Call or email to connect with our caring client services team. We answer 24/7.

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