If you want to be loved, love -Seneca
Premarital counseling helps couples to determine their readiness for marriage. It can take several forms: therapy with a licensed mental health practitioner, counseling with a religious leader or coaching with a knowledgeable professional. Effective premarital coaching will assist couples in highlighting potential “pain points”, reducing conflict, and developing new skills and coping strategies to navigate the inevitable issues that will arise during the marriage.
Premarital counseling reduces divorce by thirty-one percent. Most couples spend an extraordinary amount of time and money planning the wedding, but neglect to plan for their marriage. Premarital counseling can help you to create a roadmap for relationship success.
S2S offers the following premarital/marital counseling services: Love Wins! LGBTQ+ Weekend Couples Retreats; the SYMBIS Assessment; Parenting 101: Weekend Retreat for LGBTQ+ Parents and private couples and parenting coaching sessions.
The SYMBIS Assessment (short for Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) provides a roadmap to a successful and happy marriage. Couples are assessed individually through an online tool. The report is unpacked in individual or group sessions with a certified SYMBIS facilitator. The SYMBIS Assessment is an insightful tool for all relationships and the webinar or individual sessions are open to all couples: engaged, newly married, married for years, long-term partners, and second marriages.
Yes. During the course of our lifetime, we are constantly learning and growing psychologically and emotionally. S2S’s services can be beneficial at any stage of a couple’s relationship. For example, the SYMBIS Assessment includes additional questions for couples entering their second marriage and/or blending families.
The Love Wins! LGBTQ+ Weekend Couples Retreat is weekend-long couples retreat that combines LGBTQ+ specific coaching with a luxurious resort experience. The retreat includes accommodations, meals, and fourteen hours of live instruction exploring the following topics: communication, a family of origin, spirituality, finances, and sex and intimacy. Couples will develop coping methods tailored to the unique issues gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples face. Couples also receive a specially curated “Goodie Box” filled with fun and interesting items guaranteed to spice up your relationship.
As a Black and Filipino gay male, I have first-hand experience of what it is like to belong to marginalized groups. I understand the impact that being deemed “other” (due to race/ethnicity and sexual orientation) has on one’s personal development and on romantic and familial relationships. The workshops were developed with these issues in mind and include a deep dive into the possible effects of marginalization and how to create skills and coping mechanisms to enable your relationship to thrive.
Yes. There are issues that are unique to LGBTQ+ Couples, so at this time the Retreats are limited to those couples. The plan is to offer a similar Retreat to heterosexual couples in late 2022. All couples are invited to attend the SYMBIS workshops, private SYMBIS coaching, private couples, and parenting sessions, and the Level Up! Vision Board/5 Year Plan workshop. Throughout the year, S2S schedules free curated film series and workshops that are open to all couples. They are largely hosted online and have been attended by a diverse group of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the globe.
The Love Wins! LGBTQ+ Weekend Couples Retreats and SYMBIS Assessment are not couples or family therapy. Love Wins! and SYMBIS both assist couples in exploring issues that may impact your marriage, but are not therapy. The Retreats and SYMBIS Assessment workshop are lively and engaging and often include discussion on topics that many therapists shy away from. After completing either workshop, many couples often will pursue their own therapy to further explore issues raised in the Retreats and/or SYMBIS.
Some couples may find that they need further exploration of the issues raised in the Retreats and/or SYMBIS Assessment. I have been training marriage and family therapists and psychologists for more than two decades and generally can connect you to a skilled therapist for further work.
Preparing for our next relationship is forward-thinking and can reduce conflict and increase future relationship happiness. Interested singles can book individual relationship coaching and/or attend the “Level Up!” workshop, which will help them to clarify what they value before beginning their next relationship.
Please feel free to schedule a half-hour consultation and I would be happy to explore the options with you.
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Soul 2 Soul Global is committed to the safety of its guests. As health guidelines continue to evolve, we are working closely with each venue to ensure that we follow ALL state and federal health guidelines provided at the time of the event. We will be using Health Pass by CLEAR and will require all attendees to enroll in the app to help you safely enter the venue. Health documents that will be required include proof of Covid- 19 vaccination or proof of negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the event. Final requirements will be communicated in the coming weeks. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to abide by the health and safety guidelines put in place by Soul 2 Soul Global and recommended by the state where the venue is located and/or the CDC at the time of the event. By participating in the Love Wins! LGBTQ+ Weekend Couples Retreat (the “Event”), you assume all risk and danger incidental to live events and release Soul 2 Soul Global, its affiliates, contractors and employees, the Event’s sponsors, host organizations, staff, event production companies and all agents from any and all liabilities resulting from such entry. In attending the Event, you agree to accept full responsibility for your own safety. By entering this Event, you acknowledge that photos and/or videos may be taken of you and used by Soul 2 Soul Global and its affiliates. You hereby waive any claims against Soul 2 Soul Global and its affiliates in connection with the use in any and all media of such photos and videos taken at this Event.