Pre-marital Counseling

I’m so glad you are considering pre-marital counseling to get your marriage off to a vibrant start. You will receive the wisdom of 40 years of research on what creates masters and disasters of marriage.

I provide counseling to residents of Georgia and North Carolina via Zoom. I do not see clients in person.

Why is pre-marital counseling so important?

First-time marriages end in divorce 50% of the time, and most occur during the first seven years.

Second marriages end in divorce at the rate of 60%.

Third marriages end in divorce at the rate of 73%.

The average couple waits six years before seeking marriage counseling.

That’s a shame. So much hurt could be prevented.

According to Dr. John Gottman, four behaviors predict divorce with 93% accuracy at 5.6 years after the wedding.

Emotional withdrawal and angry attacks predict divorce an average of 16.2 years after the wedding.

When you give yourselves the gift of pre-marital counseling, you will build a strong foundation from the very beginning so you can avoid the misery that leads to broken marriages.


Watch this TV interview with Benita Esposito to learn four behaviors that ruin relationships. Dr. John Gottman’s research can predict divorce with 93% accuracy. 


The Counseling Process

We’ll begin with a research-based assessment from the Gottman Institute that provides insights into your relationship’s strengths and challenges. You’ll complete a questionnaire that covers 30 categories including communication, conflict resolution, finances, and spiritual beliefs, your personality, your family of origin, and relationship dynamics. We’ll celebrate your strengths as a couple and use them to gain momentum in the growth areas of your relationship.

The assessment will reveal blind spots so that you are not taken by surprise AFTER the wedding.

You’ll receive a copy of the assessment which you can use to prompt meaningful conversations to grow as a couple and as individuals.

Click here to learn how the process of Pre-Marital Counseling works.


For free education and lots of reason for hope, read the following web pages.

10 Tips to Sustain Emotional Intimacy During Conflicts

Marriage Testimonials

Blog articles on marriage.

Recommended Reading

  • Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson. Based on Attachment Theory
  • Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, 2015 revision by Dr. John Gottman


Ready to get started? 

Contact me, Benita A. Esposito, for a complimentary 10-minute Discovery Call.

I look forward to talking with you soon.  Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina