Premarital Counseling

We have all heard the grim statistics about divorce rates in our country. During the hustle and excitement of wedding planning, it is easy to assume (or wish) that those statistics will not apply to the marriage you will share with your soon-to-be spouse. The bad news is wishing is not sufficient to divorce-proof your marriage! Can you imagine what would happen if you depended solely on wishful thinking to get into college, be successful in a career, or achieve another goal you have set for yourself? The good news is that premarital counseling can help give you a plan to achieve the goal of having a successful marriage. Research has shown that participating in premarital counseling can help reduce your risk of divorce by up to 30%. In addition, research has found that the year before marriage through the first six months of marriage is the optimal time to participate in counseling. Couples who enter premarital counseling take advantage of this research-supported prime time to develop healthy relationship patterns, therefore preventing unhealthy patterns from forming. Couples who choose to enter therapy after unhealthy patterns have formed have usually been unhappy for quite some time, have experienced some damage to the relationship, and find therapy to take much longer to improve the quality of their marriage.In premarital counseling, your therapist will help you develop a plan to deal with all aspects of marriage, including dealing with in-laws, finances, conflict management, expectations, communication, intimacy, and long-term goals. At Lepage Associates we believe each couple has different strengths and weaknesses, and our approach to premarital counseling reflects this belief. Your therapist will listen to your specific concerns and goals and develop a counseling plan to address them. Just as all your hard work planning your wedding will be enjoyed on your big day, premarital counseling will be the preparation that will allow you to enjoy your relationship all the days that follow.

In addition to being psychologists specializing in relationships, at Lepage Associates we are trained in the nationally recognized PREPARE marriage prep program. This is an excellent program in its own right, and also meets the requirements of most wedding officiates and churches for premarital counseling/education. (Marriage prep at Lepage Associates makes a great gift for the happy couple as well!)

Are you planning for a day…or a lifetime?

Planning for a day

Wedding dress….$1,500
Groom’s tux…$100
Ceremony…$500
Reception….$15,000
Music…$1,600
Cake…$500
Flowers and décor…$1,500
Photographer…$1,200
Videographer…$1,000
Transportation & Lodging…$600
Invitations…$500
Favors & Gifts…$500
Wedding rings…$500
One beautiful day…$25,000

Planning for a lifetime

Marriage preparation at Lepage Associates

  • Initial telephone consult
  • Premarital Building a Strong Marriage workbook
  • *Six premarital counseling sessions with a specialist in marital preparation

(*Six sessions are suggested but not required; based on your unique needs you can do less or more.)

Lifetime of Relationship Satisfaction…$935

Clinical Services / Therapy, Evaluations & Medication

Horn Hollow

Lepage Associates is a full-service family practice, with Associate specialties across the lifespan, addressing the majority of problems people experience. While all of our psychologists are trained as generalists, each also has unique areas of expertise,
and we pride ourselves on
the breadth of specialties
we are able to offer clients.

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of all Associates.

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General Adult Therapy Services
Individual therapy and groups for the most common mental health concerns and health behaviors.
Personal Relationships
Marriage therapy, couple’s counseling, family therapy, individual therapy and groups for persons experiencing a variety of relationship-related concerns.
Adult & Child Psychiatry Services
Medication evaluation and management for the full range of mental health diagnoses.
Adolescent Development & Family Relationships
Individual therapy for teenagers and parents, couples and family therapy for families with teenagers, and teen and parenting groups.
Child Development, Parenting & Family Relationships
Play therapy for children, consultation and coaching for parents, couples and family therapy, and parenting groups.
College Students & Young Adults
Individual, couples and group therapy for concerns common to college students and young adults.
Services for Separation & Divorce
At our Center for Separating with Civility & Divorcing with Dignity®, our goal is to help facilitate your divorce process so that you (1) can be confident that you have the highest quality divorce experts attending to your needs, and (2) minimize stress for yourself and any children you may have. There are a variety of ways in which psychologists that specialize in relationships, conflict resolution, families and children can help to make this process less stressful for everyone involved: mediation/facilitation of the separation and divorce process, divorce consultant on adult and child issues, support person, therapist, child specialist, co-parenting coach, parenting plan mediator, or custody evaluator.
Court Matters: Family Court, Civil & Criminal Cases, and Disability Determinations
Mediation, consultation, evaluation and therapy for family court issues of separating and divorcing couples and for juvenile delinquency; consultation, evaluation and therapy for civil and criminal court issues; evaluations for disability determinations.
Evaluations
We are a full-service testing facility offering a broad spectrum of educational, psychological, behavioral, and forensic evaluations for adults, teenagers, and children. Testing includes: educational evaluations, psychological evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, custody and visitation evaluations, risk assessments, competency to stand trial, sex offender evaluations, evaluations for the insanity defense, and disability determinations.
Groups/Seminars
Time-limited groups and seminars covering a variety of issues.
Weekday, Evening and Saturday appointments available.

Clinical Forms and Information On Payment & Insurance

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Divorce Services Forms and Information On Payment & Insurance

Initial Appointment Form

You may download the following forms, which are provided as PDFs, should you wish to familiarize yourself with them before your first appointment. It will save time in your first appointment if you print and fill in these forms, and bring them with you, rather than filling them out during your appointment. In particular, the parenting plan form is a bit long and the custody evaluation form is very long; if you cannot fill these out before the day of your appointment, please plan to come at least 30 minutes in advance of your appointment time to complete the forms at the office. Your first appointment cannot begin until the forms are filled out.

Clients seeking Divorce Consult Services to include: an informational process consult to determine what type of divorce process might work best for you; communication skill building to prep for meetings; preparation and assistance through the process; child specialist consultation (with the exception of parenting plan consults); and/or parent coordinator services (coaching for cooperative co-parenting), use the first two forms below.

Clients seeking Parenting Plan Consultation, use the second and third forms below. (This is for clients who come in specifically for us to mediate their parenting plan / custody schedule. If you are uncertain if this applies to you, it would be fine to fill out the shorter form #1 below for a consult and do the longer form later if we determine we need it.)

Clients seeking a Custody Evaluation need ONLY the TWO forms below that relate to custody (forms 4 & 5).

Clients seeking Divorce Mediation, use the last form below only.

(Clients seeking therapy should click here to go to Clinical Forms.)
1. LEPAGE ASSOCIATES DIVORCE CONSULTANT SERVICE AND FEE AGREEMENT
Information Concerning The Practice, Financial Arrangements, and Confidentiality

2. NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE FORM
Notice of Psychologists’ Policies and Practices
to Protect the Privacy of Your Health Information

3. LEPAGE ASSOCIATES SERVICE AND FEE AGREEMENT FOR PARENTING PLAN CONSULTS
Information Concerning The Practice, Financial Arrangements, and Confidentiality

4. CUSTODY EVALUATION SERVICE AND FEE AGREEMENT
Information Concerning The Practice, Financial Arrangements, and Confidentiality

5. CONSENT TO RELEASE & EXCHANGE INFORMATION FOR CUSTODY EVALUATION

6. DIVORCE MEDIATION SERVICE AND FEE AGREEMENT
Information Concerning The Practice, Financial Arrangements, and Confidentiality

(If you plan to utilize our mediation/facilitation services with attorney involvement, click here for a sample attorney contract for collaboration with Lepage Associates.)
Schedule of Fees

Informational Consult (to determine what model fits your needs): $160.00 per hour

All other Divorce Services: $200.00 per hour

Parenting Plans / Custody & Visitation Evaluations:

Click here for our tiered approach, which ranges in price from $200.00 per hour to $2,500 – $9,750 flat fees depending on services sought. (Please note our fees are kept at below the local average for parenting plans and custody evaluations, and are thus very reasonable.)

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