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Pre-Marital Counseling


Looking for pre-marital counseling? Why not utilize a counseling approach that is backed by over 40 years of experience! The Gottman 7 principles of making marriage work training will not only meet state requirements for premarital counseling, but also offers in depth information and skill building in key areas of marriage. Contact us today to get scheduled. Per state guidelines this counseling will include 6 hours of content as well as a required 1 hour intake for a total of 7 hours of therapy. 

The Seven Principles and their corresponding bestselling book were developed from four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. Over time, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman have continued to fine-tune their innovative method of correcting behaviors that send marriages onto the rocks. Showing partners how to work with the small daily moments that make up the heart and soul of any relationship, the Seven Principles teach partners proven, practical and effective strategies for making their marriage work.

Additional Benefits of Pre-Marital Counseling:
Under Georgia Law, a man and woman who present to the court at the time of making application a certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program shall not be assessed a marriage license fee (other charges may apply). The premarital education shall include at least six hours of instruction involving marital issues, which may include but not be limited to conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities, child and parenting responsibilities, and extended family roles. The premarital education shall be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple shall undergo the premarital education together. 

The premarital education shall be performed by:
(1) A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43;
(2) A psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43;
(3) A psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43; or
(4) An active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy or his or her designee, including retired clergy, provided that a designee is trained and skilled in premarital education.