ABOUT premarital counseling

I absolutely love the work of premarital counseling. I get very excited about helping couples find new ways to connect and love each other while building on all the strengths they already have. I offer packages of 5 or 10 sessions, as well as a session-by-session option at $115 per hour.

Premarital counseling differs somewhat from traditional talk-therapy with me because it tends to be more direct and focused on your goals as a couple. I use a relationship assessment called "Prepare/Enrich", a heavily researched and highly effective tool that helps highlight strength and growth areas as a couple. I believe all couples can benefit from premarital counseling, even if you don't feel that you are having trouble in your relationship.

Think of it this way: would you plan to drive your car without ever getting the oil changed, washing it, or putting gas in the tank? At some point you would expect it to break down. How about your body? Would you expect to remain in good health your whole life if you never did things to take care of yourself like exercising or eating well? I like to think of premarital counseling as caring for your relationship as you would for your car, or your body. Your relationship with your partner is arguably the most important of your life. We invest thousands of dollars in our wedding day yet often little is spent on the long-term investment of connection and growth in our relationship, until we have problems. Wouldn't it be great if we could prepare our relationship for some of those issues before they arose? I believe premarital counseling helps us do just that.

Please feel free to call, e-mail, or leave a message on the website with any questions at all. You may also book an appointment directly from this site. I offer free consultations so you can be sure we are a good fit before moving forward in our work together. 

APPROACH AND TESTIMONIALS

I am privileged to be a part of your journey towards wellness. My approach to counseling openly explores any areas you wish in order to increase your self-awareness, personal growth, and relationship satisfaction. My greatest passion is helping you achieve better balance by discovering more about how your body, mind and spirit function as a whole. I believe our lives are shaped by our relationships, and I will work with you to explore and bring insight to previous and current relationships.

"...I highly recommend Jessi to anyone who wishes to make real changes. Her warm and open approach allows me to speak freely about even the most difficult issues without a feeling of judgement or criticism. She can be unusually perceptive, and is able to help me get at the root of an issue with much patience and gentleness. I am endlessly grateful for the ways she has helped me become more compassionate and understanding towards myself and my relationships. Thank you Jessi..."

"...She is so encouraging, helpful, positive, and just a good person all around. The office has a warm, safe feeling to it. Couldn't ask for a better counseling center to go to..."

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*Jessi graduated from George Fox University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and was honored with the Most Outstanding Student Award upon completion of two internships in community mental health and private practice settings. She has special interest and experience working with chronic pain and illness.*

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