Premarital Counseling in Maryland

Strengthen Your Foundations Through Emotional Intimacy

There is nothing on earth that makes a person happier or more depressed.

Let’s face it.

When our romantic relationship is in a good place- we are our happiest. The food we eat tastes good, our beds are comfortable, we appreciate what we have and feel we can face any challenge.

When our relationship is not in a good place- nothing makes us feel more depressed. Even silly things agitate us.

hug from behind happy young couple

The most significant relationship you have in your life

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Our life is replete with preventative measures.

We checkup with our doctors and dentists at least once a year, bring our pets to the vet, change the oil of our cars every 3,000 miles, and even tune up our Teslas!

It would make sense to ensure the most significant relationship you have in your life is built on strong foundations. 

I receive many curious questions about premarital counseling:

  • Isn’t it created for couples who are struggling? 
  • Sure we don’t want to add to the statistics of the national divorce rate, but things are going smoothly with my fiancé. Premarital counseling could mess things up! Why harp on things that are not even a problem?
  • We are having a hard enough time finding a caterer, photographer, florist, and band. Do we really need to seek out a therapist?
  • We already know what our marriage will or not look like based on what we saw from our parents. What would a handful of sessions add to our relationship? 

To be honest, I myself didn’t go through premarital counseling! 

Before I got married, I had these same questions and therefore chose not to engage in counseling.

Believe it or not, 14 years later, my marriage is solid. But, getting there was way more challenging than I anticipated!

Having a cohesive plan at the onset would have been very helpful

A qualitative difference

I vividly recall the day after I completed the first level of Emotionally Focused Therapy, calling my supervisor and relating, “I know I have a good marriage, but I want to attend an EFT marital workshop with my wife!”

He responded, “That’s so funny. When I finished the course, I actually asked my wife to attend the workshop with me, too!”


Even though we both felt our marriages were good, we now knew that the qualitative difference between good and great is priceless!

So, what is the single ingredient offered in an EFT workshop that deepens the quality of connection?

Two words: Emotional Intimacy

When defining love, Maimonides, a 12th century philosopher wrote “Love is the emotional pleasure a human being experiences when he understands and focuses on the virtues of another human being.” 


In other words, the more depth one shares with their partner, the more opportunity for love. This is called emotional intimacy and it lies at the heart of a healthy relationship. 


It’s ironic that “Intimacy” can also be read as “In-To-Me-See'' because our longing is to be seen, accepted, and embraced in our most vulnerable and deepest places. 

Many obstacles can be resolved with a single ingredient

Emotional intimacy is the single most important ingredient in any relationship. It is how

real trust is built so that you can take on life’s demands and challenges with confidence.

It also sets the foundations for couples to overcome more acute relationship obstacles, namely: 

  • clashes about finances
  • unproductive, hurtful arguments
  • parenting issues
  • in-law challenges
  • struggles with physical intimacy 
young couple looking at camera while hugging

It only takes 3 sessions

The premarital workshop will cultivate your ability to look beyond shortcomings of your partner so that you can appreciate them in their totality.

This will enable you to embrace each other’s positives and negatives.

Emotional intimacy is an ongoing lifetime endeavor, but in just 3 sessions, we can lay the foundations to feel that deeper connection. 

infinity loop

Session 1 focuses on distinguishing between the superficial content of couples arguments and the emotional process that underlies them.

Session 2 delves into the role of attachment during childhood and how that can be potentially playing a role in your current relationship.

In Session 3, we learn how to de-escalate to create connection. 

Analyzing these strategies in action during the beginning of marriage can save a lot of heartache later on.

That is why in addition to the 3 workshop sessions, I include two follow-up sessions within the first year.


You and your partner deserve the best chance of a lasting love

Click below to schedule a consultation or call/text us directly at:

(301) EFT-6353

Emotional Intimacy Begins Here

There is nothing on earth that makes a person happier or more depressed.

Let’s face it.

When our romantic relationship is in a good place- we are our happiest. The food we eat tastes good, our beds are comfortable, we appreciate what we have and feel we can face any challenge.

When our relationship is not in a good place- nothing makes us feel more depressed. Even silly things agitate us.

hug from behind happy young couple

The most significant relationship you have in your life

Our life is replete with preventative measures.

We checkup with our doctors and dentists at least once a year, bring our pets to the vet, even change the oil of our cars every 3,000 miles!

It would make sense to ensure the most significant relationship you have in your life is built on strong foundations. 


I receive many curious questions about premarital counseling:

  • Isn’t it created for couples who are struggling? 
  • Why harp on things that are not even a problem? Sure we don’t want to add to the statistics of the national divorce rate, but things are going smoothly with my fiancé. Premarital counseling could mess things up! 
  • We are having a hard enough time finding a caterer, photographer, florist, and band. Do we really need to seek out a therapist?
  • We already know what our marriage will or not look like based on what we saw from our parents. What would a handful of sessions add to our relationship? 

To be honest, I myself didn’t go through premarital counseling! 

Before I got married, I had these same questions and therefore chose not to engage in counseling.

Believe it or not, 14 years later, my marriage is solid. But, getting there was way more challenging than I anticipated!

Having a cohesive plan at the onset would have been very helpful.

A qualitative difference

I vividly recall the day after I completed the first level of Emotionally Focused Therapy, calling my supervisor and relating, “I know I have a good marriage, but I want to attend an EFT marital workshop with my wife!”

He responded, “That’s so funny. When I finished the course, I actually asked my wife to attend the workshop with me, too!”

Even though we both felt our marriages were good, we now knew that the qualitative difference between good and great is priceless!

So, what is the single ingredient offered in an EFT workshop that deepens the quality of connection?

Two words: Emotional Intimacy

When defining love, Maimonides, a 12th century philosopher wrote “Love is the emotional pleasure a human being experiences when he understands and focuses on the virtues of another human being.” 


In other words, the more depth one shares with their partner, the more opportunity for love. This is called emotional intimacy and it lies at the heart of a healthy relationship. 


It’s ironic that “Intimacy” can also be read as “In-To-Me-See'' because our longing is to be seen, accepted, and embraced in our most vulnerable and deepest places. 

Many obstacles can be resolved with a single ingredient

Emotional intimacy is the single most important ingredient in any relationship. It is how real trust is built so that you can take on life’s demands and challenges with confidence.

It also sets the foundations for couples to overcome more acute relationship obstacles, namely: 

  • clashes about finances
  • unproductive, hurtful arguments
  • parenting issues
  • in-law challenges
  • struggles with physical intimacy 
infinity loop

It only takes 3 sessions

The premarital workshop will cultivate your ability to look beyond shortcomings of your partner so that you can appreciate them in their totality. This will enable you to embrace each other’s positives and negatives.


Emotional intimacy is an ongoing lifetime endeavor, but in just 3 sessions, we can lay the foundations to feel that deeper connection. 


Session 1 focuses on distinguishing between the superficial content of couples arguments and the emotional process that underlies them.

Session 2 delves into the role of attachment during childhood and how that can be potentially playing a role in your current relationship.

In Session 3, we learn how to de-escalate to create connection. 


Analyzing these strategies in action during the beginning of marriage can save a lot of heartache later on.

That is why in addition to the 3 workshop sessions, I include two follow-up sessions within the first year.


You and your partner deserve the best chance of a lasting love…

Click below to schedule a consultation or call/text us directly at:

(301) EFT-6353

"Pinny, we would both like to thank you for sharing tools that will help us better communicate and understand each other. Moving forward we know that the road may not always be as smooth as we would like it to be but we feel that we have the skills to navigate whatever challenges are thrown our way."

-H.S., Premarital Workshop