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Service Spotlight: Pre-Marital Counseling

 February, 2012

My Services
Pre-Marital Counseling
Certified Prepare/Enrich Program Facilitator
Marital Counseling
Infidelity Issues
Self-Esteem Support
Problem-Solving Support
Renew Marital Excitement
Family counseling

Divorce Support
Collaborative Law Communications Facilitator
Redefining Life Purpose
Grief/Loss Support

Masters Degree - Applied Psychology from Seton Hall University


Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Private Practice 

since 2008


NJ work experience totaling 5 years


Married 23 years


Mother of 2 teenage daughters 


Lived in Indiana, 

New Jersey and Texas


Passionate about 

what I do




It has been brought to my attention by several readers that they would like to know in depth a little more about the services I offer.  In response to that, I will be sending out a 2nd brief newsletter each month highlighting one such service.  If you know of someone who might be interested in that particular service, please forward the email to them and encourage them to contact me.


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Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT

Southlake Counseling & Neurofeedback Center

420 North Carroll Ave Suite 140

Southlake, TX 76092




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Service Spotlight: Pre-Marital Counseling


I am certified as a Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich Pre-Marital Program. 


When you are preparing for marriage, you spend much time concentrating on many items for that all-important day.  You want the ceremony to be in just the right place and the reception to look a certain way and have a certain feel about it.  What about the tuxedos?  What color will the bridesmaids' dresses be?


Shouldn't you spend as much time if not more on preparing for what occurs after the wedding day?  Have you talked about your goals or where you see yourselves in 5 or 10 years?  Have you discussed what would happen if one of you lost your job during the marriage?  Have you discussed who will care for children, should they come along?  What about a job transfer?  Would you even entertain that idea? What about handling the finances of the marriage?  Who will do that?  What about religion?  Is that an issue that needs to be discussed?  Pre-Marital counseling can help a couple discuss this and much more.  Wouldn't you want to have peace of mind on that special day knowing that you have discussed the "hard" stuff?


I first have my couple take an on-line assessment that is tailored just for them.  Once completed, we will begin our sessions covering one topic at a time to be sure we have discussed all the necessary issues before that big day arrives. The couple uses an interactive workbook that is provided to help them discuss issues like problem-solving skills and communication skills as well as finances, introverted tendencies vs extroverted tendencies, etc. Most couples complete the process in 6-10 sessions.  


Upon completion of the sessions, the couple will be given a certificate of their accomplishment.


If you or someone you know is preparing for marriage please be sure they receive some pre-marital counseling in some form to ensure the best possible marital success. Couples should begin this process as soon as that initial commitment has been made, if possible. 


For more information on Prepare-Enrich, visit their website www.prepare-enrich.com.

For more information on my practice, visit my website at www.dabalmft.com

I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice.  I can be reached at maryellen@dabalmft.com.  I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com

I wish you well...