Premarital Counseling

Are you newly engaged and planning to get married? Preparing For Marriage, Samaritan’s premarital counseling program, can improve your relationship and assist you and your partner as you get ready to tie the knot.

Our premarital counseling program begins with the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment. As the most comprehensive premarital assessment tool available, this online survey helps you and your partner identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your relationship.

It does this by assessing major areas of your relationship, including:

  • 12 Relationship Scales such as communication, conflict resolution, roles, finances, spiritual beliefs and more
  • Personality Scales
  • Couple and Family Scales
  • Relationship Dynamic Scales
  • 30 Customized Scales

Samaritan’s premarital counseling couples this assessment with a two-hour session with one of our premarital counselors. This can help you:

  • Identify strength and growth areas
  • Explore personality traits
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
  • Compare family backgrounds
  • Comfortably discuss financial issues
  • Establish personal, couple, and family goals

What To Expect In Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling with Samaritan Counseling Center includes the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory, the scoring of the inventory, handouts and a two-hour session with one of the premarital counselors: Judith Kennedy or Serenity Patrick.

The PREPARE/ENRICH assessment is the first step of the process. It is taken online and requires approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please note that couples should take this assessment individually, and they should not discuss their answers until after the inventory has been submitted for scoring.

After taking the assessment, you and your partner then meet with a licensed counselor for premarital counseling.

Samaritan’s premarital counseling also provides couples with the “Building a Strong Marriage Workbook,” which contains exercises for developing skills in resolving conflict, setting couple goals and developing a budget.

The fee is $225 per couple. If a member of a Partner in Ministry church, the fee is $200 per couple.

You can schedule a premarital counseling appointment by calling 717-560-9969. You can also fill out our online contact form,  and a member of our intake staff will call you to set up the assessment and appointment.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

2022 Silent Samaritan LuncheonNovember 10

This year’s Silent Samaritan luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, at Calvary Church and will feature keynote speaker Timbrel Chyatee.

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Leading Your Congregation Through ConflictNovember 17 - November 17

A 1 1/2-hour training with Clergy & Congregation Care to help clergy, pastors and congregation members learn how to better navigate conflict and continue advancing the church’s mission.

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ExtraGive – A Community Giving EventNovember 18 - November 18

Samaritan Counseling Center will be participating in this year's 2022 ExtraGive, organized by the Lancaster County Community Foundation.  ExtraGive is an amazing, community-wide celebration of giving…

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