We encourage premarital couples to complete group premartial education because it is the most effective (and economical) means of providing comprehensive coverage of marriage success issues and strategies, then to seek private consultation if further work is needed.
Premarital / Marriage Education Package
For couples who are unable to attend a seminar date or prefer a private format, we offer a $995 premarital education package that includes:
· A relationship inventory;
· A 200 page workbook of structured reading materials and exercises similar to those used in the MST seminar;
· 3 - 4 sessions (approximately 4 hours) of in-person and/or phone consultation.
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Consultation (Education, Counseling or Therapy) Sessions
We do provide private (one-time or continuing) consultation sessions for other couples and individuals. We consult with married or LTR couples with distressed relationships, as well as with premarital couples, and with individuals.
Like our seminars, our private couples consultations emphasize a positive, comprehensive, structured, but flexible, approach to relationship success education, skill-building and practical strategies.
Our approach to individual consultation depends on your issues, needs and preferences and may include coaching / education, skills-building, counseling and/or more in-depth psychotherapy.
Patty is a NY licensed clinical social worker and her private consultation fee is $200-250 per hour. (She sometimes is able to offer a reduced fee depending on financial circumstances.) Greg is a NY licensed psychologist and his fee is $250 per hour. A typical (couples) consultation runs about 75-90 minutes; a typical individual consultation is 50 minutes.
While we do not accept any direct insurance payment or participate in provider networks, we will provide a receipt for the service provided and you may apply for reimbursement from your insurance provider.
Call or write (click Contact info on above menu) to discuss a consultation.
We consult in-person with individuals and couples in the NYC metro area, but it is possible to arrange a consultation anywhere by web cam / phone, etc.
In-Person Consultation NYC Location / Availability
Manhattan: Patty can offer Tuesday and Thurday appointments at 16 East 79th Street in Manhattan.
We can usually offer Monday - Thursday evening and Monday or Wednesday daytime meeting times in Park Slope, Brooklyn -- about 15 - 20 minutes from lower Manhattan by car or B, Q, 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains.
To arrange a consultation, contact us by e-mail (preferred) or phone:
Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg at email@example.com
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When you write to us, please tell us:
Your phone number(s)
Your age(s), occupation(s), family, cultural / religious background(s)
Your relationship status (i.e., married, engaged, considering, living together, dating, etc.); for how long
The consultation issue as you see it
Any other background information that you feel will help us understand you and your situtation
Times you could be available
When couples run into normal compatibility and conflict issues in their relationship they often turn to couples counseling or therapy to find help. Couples don't realize that the challenges they are running up against are often a normal part of relationship development. In most cases, what these couples really need (at least for a start) is a quality, skill-based, marriage education experience.
At a Marriage Success Training seminar you'll learn the skills you need to manage your compatibility issues, communicate more effectively and resolve conflicts in a healthy way that will dramatically increase your intimacy. You'll learn how to protect your relationship, including your sex life, from being undermined by the normal issues and stresses that eventually surface in any marriage relationship.
Counseling, while helpful in its own way, usually doesn't provide the same kind of intensive and comprehensive skill-building and education. (Just as marriage prep doesn't provide the more extensive exploration of individual problems and underlying issues that longer-term counseling can.) The skill-building and education are the key factors in long-term divorce prevention and marriage success. Today's marriages need all the help they can get.
Not all marriage preparation is the same. While the benefits of premarital education are beginning to become more widely known, most couples donít yet understand that a program like Marriage Success Training focuses on specific factors that research has shown will boost a coupleís ability to succeed in today's demanding marriages. Research shows that couples who have skill-based marriage preparation are much happier and more successful in the long run.
Some couples do decide to do both marriage education and premarital counseling. They can quickly cover all the general issues, develop skills and get an overview of their relationship profile in the seminar. Many couples discover that MST gives them what they need to advance their relationship. Couples who still feel that they need more can then use this foundation to address more specific or problem issues in their counseling. MST starts their counseling on a fast track.