Premarital Counseling Athens GA

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Mrs. Claire Zimmerman
Counseling Associates for Well-Being
(706) 425-8900
523 1/2 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Step Families, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Virginia McKenna
(706) 338-3688
Athens, GA
Practice Areas
Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Elise S Berryhill
(404) 369-5201
The Banyan Tree Counseling Center1 Huntington Road
Athens, GA
Specialties
Marriage and Couples, Parenting, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Dallas Theological Seminary
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Cynthia Darby
(706) 542-9700
Athens, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Anastasia Shewell, Psy.D.
(706) 424-5888
188 South Milledge Avenue,Suite 1
Athens, GA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Relationship Issues,Sex Therapy
Gender
Female
Education
Completed undergraduate training in Psychology (BS) at Stetson University, Deland, FLEarned Masters degree (M.S.) and Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Renewal Counseling and Consulting

Sherryl Richier
(706) 613-2799
Athens, GA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Erika Heinzle
(706) 369-3856
Athens, GA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Susanna Rains, LPC, CRC
(706) 425-8900
523 1/2 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Divorce,Elderly Persons Disorders,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues
Gender
Female
Education
Master of Science - Rehabilitation Counseling - Georgia State University - 2006.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Counseling Associates for Well-Being

Dr. Thomas A. Davis, PhD, LMFT, LPC
(706) 548-9850
160 Yonah Avenue
Athens, GA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Divorce,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues
Gender
Male
Education
I received a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia in 1996. I completed a Master of Science in Community Counseling from Georgia State University in 1987. In 1982 I received a BS from Ball State University.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Davis Family Enterprises, Inc.

Dr. Justin Shewell, Psy.D., LCSW
(706) 424-5888
188 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 1
Athens, GA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,OCD
Education
BA/BSW from McDaniel College, Summa Cum LaudeMaster of Social Work (MSW) from the University of MarylandMasters degree (M.S.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Renewal Counseling and Consulting

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Happily Ever After: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling

Amanda McMahon Photography
Sure, you and your mate plan to live a long and healthy life together in wedded bliss. But are you equipped with the skills and tools needed to keep the spark ignited long after the wedding ceremony and wedding ceremony are over? Here, we talk with renowned marriage and family therapist counselor Paula Pile as she debunks the myths of premarital counseling and shares her secrets to lasting relationship.

Perfect Wedding Guide: What are premarital counseling and education? How are they different from therapy?
Paula Pile: Premarital Education is designed to give couples the skills that they need to have a successful marriage. Premarital counseling is similar except that it is offered usually with just one couple. Sometimes couples will go from pre- wedding ceremony education to counseling. They usually do this when after having taken the seminar they find one or two issues that they want to deal with that they believe that are unique to them. What those issues might be include such things as dealing with spiritual differences or blended family issues. Premarital therapy focuses on problems that the couples are having. Most couples do not need therapy. Premarital therapy is always available, if the couples need more in depth help than the educational seminars or counseling offer.
PWG: If the couple is happy why would they need to take a course or a seminar?

PP: Premarital courses give couples the skills that they need to navigate the rough waters. Planning a wedding ceremony and learning to deal with marriage stresses is a part of some of the best courses. Most couples get engaged when they are still in the infatuation or romantic love stages of a relationship. Their bodies are producing a lot of hormones that cause them to bond. These endorphins will not continue forever, and in fact last less than two years, so often after the excitement of the wedding ceremony is over they find themselves starting to struggle.
PWG: Weddings are expensive, this is an expense that most couples have not planned for is it worth it?

PP: A study was published in 2006 by Scott Stanley, P.R. Amato, and Howard Markham out of the University of Denver. They found that premarital education reduces the divorce rate of participants by thirty percent. These findings are significant, given that close to fifty percent of couples who marry will divorce. If you think about it, if your relationship works you will spend more time with your spouse than working at your paid employment. Most people would not enter in to a career without any instruction or preparation. One thing that couples need to think about is that there is no correlation between the amount of money spent on the wedding ceremony and marital happiness.
PWG: You helped to develop a course for premarital couples, what made you decide to do to put your time and energies in to that?
PP: I have been working with couples for over twenty five years and too often I see couples...

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