At Austin Modern Premarital Counseling we're 

Helping Guide Premarital Couples Before "I DO"

 

About Your Counselor

Welcome! My name is Julianna Navarro and I am passionate about providing couples in the Austin area with exquisite premarital counseling!

 

As your premarital counselor, my job is to help you grow your relationship by teaching you the necessary skills to strengthen your connection with your partner. My premarital counseling course uses a modern approach to integrate growth in relationship trust, communication, intimacy, and vulnerability.

 

You can expect our sessions to naturally integrate mindfulness-based practices such as awareness and acceptance of the self & others. Your time in our premarital sessions will be personally tailored to meet your relationship needs before you say "I Do". 

Julianna Navarro, MS, NCC, LPC-Associate (82179)

Supervised by Sharon K. Bien, LPC-S

Proud partner of Brides Of Austin

Gottman I Certified

Member of AAMFT

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What We Offer Couples 

 

Premarital sessions are private sessions held between the counselor and an engaged couple. 

During your sessions you can expect to feel heard, understood, and validated both as an individual and within your partnership. Together, you and your partner will learn and practice the skills to strengthen the core of relationship trust, communication, intimacy and vulnerability.

The counselor recommends 6 sessions to complete the premarital course material. Upon completion, the couple will receive a personalized binder outlining their specific relationship skills they mastered and a certificate from Austin Modern Premarital Counseling.

Sessions: $125/hr

Online and in-person sessions available!

Couples Skills Seminar

The couples skills seminar is perfect for couples who prefer attending a short, one-time online class that is open to a group of other couples (maximum group: 4 couples). 

During this seminar the counselor will mainly focus on helping couples secure healthy communication skills. You can expect to learn how to identify communication patterns that are not effective in a relationship, and gain a complete understanding of how to practice effective communication with your partner.

Seminar: $175/couple

Online only, 2 hours in length

Healthy Couples Maintenance Session

Healthy maintenance sessions are completely normal and even ENCOURAGED to help you and your partner maintain your strong connection.

 

Research suggests that couples who attend regular counseling sessions report having greater satisfaction in their relationship overall, leading to a better quality of life.

 

It has also been shown that there is greater effectiveness in the outcome of a couples session when the session serves as a preventative measure, rather than a session from a treatment-based approach. This means that it's better to take a proactive approach with your partner by attending regular maintenance sessions, rather than waiting until you feel like there is something wrong in the relationship.

 

The counselor recommends scheduling a healthy couples maintenance session once per month.

Sessions: $150/hr

Online and in-person sessions available!

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  • Is it normal to take a premarital counseling course?

    • Yes! The current divorce rate in the U.S. is 50%.

    • Premarital counseling is a preventative approach to divorce, which can cost you more in the long run (emotionally and financially).

    • It's becoming more common to take care of your relationship health by going to counseling sessions with your partner, just as you would take care of your physical health by going to an appointment at the doctor.

    • Many couples find an increase in relationship satisfaction ​​after attending regular sessions.

  • How far out from our wedding should we take the premarital course?​​

    • You can take the premarital counseling course any time, but it is recommended you do it at least 2 months before your wedding.

  • What do we learn in the sessions?

    • The premarital counselor will help you and your partner learn effective communication skills to understand one another. Together, you will explore the complex intimacy, trust, and vulnerability of your relationship. At the end of the course, you both will have gained awareness, strength and understanding of healthy relationship tools to keep you and your partner connection throughout the many life stages that lie ahed of your path together.

  • Could we do a session in-person?

    • Yes! Our office is a comfortable place of relaxation located in Westlake Hills, Austin. Social distancing protocols are in place to protect you and the counselor.​

  • Could we keep seeing you as our counselor once we finish the premarital course?

    • Yes! Once you and your partner complete the course, my door ​will always be open for maintenance sessions. 

  • Why is premarital counseling so expensive?​​​​

    • Premarital counseling is a unique specialty within the field of psychology. A reputable premarital ​counselor has about 7+ years of college education, has obtained a masters degree in their field, and has thousands of hours of experience working face to face with couples.

    • Some counselors may provide couples therapy in addition to providing regular mental health therapy, however very few counselors specialize in JUST premarital counseling, to be able to provide the best possible care for the couple before their wedding day.

  • What are your credentials as a premarital counselor?

    • Julianna Navarro has completed her Masters of Marriage ​Counseling (7+ years of training), the Gottman I Certification, and over 2,000 hours of face-to-face experience working with couples. She is a proud member of Austin Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, is a partner of Brides of Austin, and is currently an LPC-Associate supervised by Sharon K. Bien, LPC-S.

  • How come I can't find Austin Modern Premarital Counseling on social media?

    • Due to the personal nature ​of counseling, our state licensing board requires us to uphold client confidentiality to protect your private information. To maintain the confidential nature of the therapeutic relationship between couples and the premarital counselor, Austin Modern Premarital Counseling is not on any social media outlets.

  • How do we set up a session?

    • If you are interested in scheduling a session, we will do a brief consultation first. This consultation is complimentary and will take about 20 minutes. During the consultation the counselor will make sure it's a good fit between the counselor and the couple, as well as answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a session contact us below and a counselor will get back to you ASAP!

“I want to thank you for making a huge difference in my life and the lives of my children. You gave me the confidence I needed to break my emotional dependency and validation from [her].

“I just wanted to say thank you again for today and tell you how much I enjoy talking with you and how much I appreciate your help. You really have a gift for making people feel validated and comfortable even while talking about things that maybe aren’t so comfortable to talk about!

“I wanted to thank you for the couples session the other day, I felt fiercely protected by you during our session and it carried a lot of meaning for me. Something changed for me in that moment and I want to thank you for that.”