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Coaching is Premarital Counseling

Coaching is Premarital Counseling

Coaching is premarital counseling.

Coaching is premarital counseling.

A study published in Journal of Family Psychology concluded couples who received an  average of 8 hours of premarital counseling had a 31% lower chance of divorce after 4 years.1  

This little quiz will give you insight into whether or not premarital coaching might be helpful.  All statements can be answered with either True or False.

1. ____ We have developed a budget.
2. ____ I am completely satisfied with the way we solve problems.
3. ____ I do not expect to have any problems with my in-laws.
4. ____ Our parents have never been divorced.

5.  ____ We are able to deal with our anger in a constructive manner.

6. ____ I am satisfied with the way my fiancé picks up after himself or herself.
7. ____ I am satisfied with the amount of time that my fiancé spends with me.
8. ____ We have completed at least six sessions of premarital counseling.

If you answered any questions with a False, then you could benefit from premarital coaching.  MarriageTeam coaches use the internationally recognized PREPARE inventory. Coaches will help you create the marriage you want with six 2-hour sessions.  This can be as a supplement to whatever other counseling the pastor performs. The sessions involve a review of the inventory and a guided discussion using a workbook for each participant.  It is desirable to begin the coaching 6-12 months prior to the wedding.  However, it can be done closer to the wedding date.  For a copy of this exercise: Premarital inventory 072613

Topics addressed include:

  • Communication
  • Expectations
  • Friends and Interests
  • Personality Match
  • Problem Solving
  • Spirituality
  • Extended Family Issues
  • Sexuality
  • Financial Issues
  • Readiness for Marriage

To learn more about MarriageTeam coaching, call 360 450-6042 or toll free 866 832-4201.

To request a coach couple, click here.

 

1.  Stanley, Scott M., Amato,  Paul. Johnson, Christine A. & Markman, Howard J.  Premarital Education, Marital Quality, and Marital Stability: Findings From a Large, Random Household Survey. Journal of Psychology, 2006, Volume 20, pp. 117-126.