My name is Stephanie Cook, LCSW, and I own a counseling practice and work part time for Emory University. I offer couples counseling both in person and online (video conferencing similar to Skype), which is helpful for couples in long-distance relationships. I offer a 6-session, structured counseling package for couples who are considering engagement and marriage. This can be a very important investment towards developing a healthy, fulfilling marriage. After conducting an extensive assessment of each couples' strengths and areas for growth through both clinical interviewing and thorough computer assessments, I provide couples with a place to process differences, plan for the future, and learn the fundamental elements of healthy relationships.
Research reviewing numerous premarital counseling effectiveness studies found that couples who participate in pre-marriage preparation report on average a 30% stronger marriage than couples who did not participate in pre-marriage counseling (Stanley, Amato, Johnson & Markman, 2006).