What are the differences between the services you offer?

Premarital Coaching: WedWell is intended for engaged and newlywed couples who not only want to talk about issues beforehand, but who also desire 1) to start their marriage with real skills and tools to help them confidently face life together 2) support to troubleshoot issues that will inevitably surface after the wedding.

Couples Coaching: Couples coaching is meant for couples who desire to grow in healthier communication and teamwork as they work toward a particular goal together (starting a family, starting a business, etc.).

Marriage Therapy: Marriage therapy at Brave Marriage is meant for couples who feel stuck in relational hurts that prevent them from getting along in the present. It’s for married couples who’ve grown distant, withdrawn, conflict-avoidant, or whose conflict escalates quickly.

Grief Counseling: Grief counseling at Brave Marriage is intended for couples grieving a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or infertility.

What are your rates?

$120 per 55-minute session, private pay. I do not accept or reimburse for insurance.

Can I work with you if I don’t live in your state?

If you are interested in couples coaching, I am happy to work with you no matter where you live! I conduct coaching sessions in office and online.

If you are interested in therapy services, by law, I am unable to practice outside the state of Kentucky. My physical office is located in Lexington, KY.

Will you keep what we say confidential?

What’s said in my office stays in my office, unless you share with me (1) plans to harm yourself or someone else (2) cases of elder or child abuse. I am required by law to report both. Additionally, I will not keep secrets from spouses in couples therapy; therefore, anything shared in confidence should be shared in session.

Do you think my spouse and I could work through things on our own?

My desire is to see couples come into my office preventively and proactively. According to John Gottman, the leading marriage researcher in the United States, couples wait an average of 6 years too long to go to counseling. So while it may be possible, it’s very likely that working with a professional third-party will help you get to where you want to go, much more smoothly and quickly.

What’s your stance on marriage, divorce, & separation?

My stance on marriage:

I am pro-marriage and pro-commitment, which means that I place a high value on staying married, the institution of marriage, and the biopsychosocial benefits the marriage relationship brings.

My stance on separation:

The only time I would ever mention separation is in the event that your marriage is no longer safe due to ANY type of abuse or domestic violence. Your safety takes precedence over salvaging your relationship; paradoxically, ensuring your emotional, relational, and physical safety is a necessary first step if your relationship is to ever be restored in a healthy way.

My stance on divorce:

I hate what divorce does to individuals, couples, and the family unit. So rest assured, I will never recommend divorce if you’re coming to me to work on your marriage (in fact, I’ve had clients come to me after seeing other therapists who recommended divorce when that was not what the couple wanted).

At the same time, I know divorce is extremely hard on individuals, families, and their support systems. Some individuals and even couples seek counseling at this time, once a decision has already been made, in an effort to work through the transition as smoothly and cohesively as possible. Thus, I also work with couples or individuals whose lives divorce has touched.

How does your Christian faith impact your work with clients?

As a Christian and active member of the church where my husband and I attend, my faith fully influences my identity and way of life. As a licensed professional, my role is to support you in your life and relationships, based on your values and beliefs. If we share the same faith, I am happy to include prayer and spirituality if you bring it up and believe it would be helpful to you. If we believe differently, my commitment to you is wholehearted respect and a desire to learn. 

What does the therapeutic process look like?

The first session includes getting to know you, your story, and your goals for therapy. Session two includes follow-up of any other pertinent information and establishing a customized plan for marriage therapy. Subsequent sessions will be aimed at helping you meet your therapeutic goals.

At Brave Marriage, couples therapy usually takes place over the course of 10-20 sessions, with each session lasting 50-55 minutes. While that’s the norm, I’ve worked with couples who’ve achieved their goals in as few as 4 sessions. I’ve also worked with clients who’ve needed up to a year or more to resolve decades of relational hurt.

What does the coaching process look like?

Couples coaching occurs on a bi-weekly basis, for as many sessions as you two need. (Most couples achieve their goals in 6-12 sessions.) Once we’ve identified your dreams, goals, and personality types, subsequent sessions will be aimed at equipping you with the relationship, communication, and personal development tools you need to work together effectively to achieve your shared goal! To learn more, click here.

WedWell includes 6 pre-wedding sessions + 2 post-wedding sessions. We’ll cover communication, conflict, problem solving, sex, family of origin and in-law issues, budgeting and money mindset, relational dynamics, and troubleshooting issues that arise after the wedding. To learn more, click here.

How can we maximize our time together working with you?

Considering that we’ll spend less than 1 hour per week together, meeting your goals is largely dependent upon your commitment to make changes and take action between sessions. You’re responsible for your own motivation, heart posture, and willingness to learn and grow.

How do I get started?

Contact Brave Marriage TODAY.