Couples Counseling

Pre-Marital & Marital Counseling


Linda Sherrard is a certified facilitator of The SYMBIS Assessment based on the book Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott. It is an online assessment that is taken individually by both partners in the relationship. A summary report is sent to the counselor who can use it to facilitate discussions with the couple. The report is great in starting a conversation. It has information on goals, personalities, expectations, relational wellbeing, and more.

Give Your Relationship the Very Best

You won’t find a more personalized and powerful pre-marriage assessment than SYMBIS. You can build your marriage on more than a hope and a prayer. The SYMBIS Assessment gives you a personalized road map to making your marriage everything it was meant to be. The SYMBIS Assessment just may be the most important thing you do for your relationship. Discover everything you need to know about:

  • Your Personalities– discover strengths you both bring to marriage
  • Your Love Life– cultivate deeper intimacy and lifelong passion
  • Your Fight Types– discover your “hot topics”
  • Your Talk Styles– crack the code for heartfelt and lasting connections
  • Your Deepest Longing– create your ultimate soul-to-soul connection
  • Your Money Methods– kick financial worries to the curb and deepen your connection with one another

The SYMBIS assessment helps create successful marriages before they start. SYMBIS is for couples at any age or stage. In fact, the assessment questions automatically adjust for the couple’s relationship status, as will their report. The SYMBIS assessment can be used with pre-engaged, already engaged, or married couples.

The SYMBIS assessment offers:

  • Valid and reliable results backed by decades of research
  • A ready-made process that flexes to your needs
  • Engaging exercises and numerous conversation starters
  • Applicability for individual couples, groups and classes
  • A snapshot summary of a couple’s trajectory

Couples Counseling

April Hill has been trained in The Gottman Method, designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, to support couples at any stage, across all economic, racial, and cultural sectors. Research has shown this form of therapy has worked with both heterosexual, as well as same-sex relationships.

Relationship issues that may be addressed in therapy include:

  • Frequent conflict and arguments
  • Poor communication
  • Emotionally distanced couples
  • Specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, and parenting styles

According to The Gottman Method, there are nine principles making up a healthy relationship, these components are known as the Sound Relationship House theory. These include:

  • Building love maps (learning about each other)
  • Sharing fondness and admiration
  • Turning towards each other, as opposed to away from one another
  • The positive perspective of seeing your partner as a friend, not an enemy
  • Managing conflict
  • Making life dreams come true
  • Creating shared meaning
  • Trust
  • Commitment

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