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Pre-marital Counseling

Congratulations, you're engaged! This is a very exciting time in your life. Next comes planning the wedding, with the excitement of choosing the flowers, the music, invitations, and finding the perfect dress. There are many details that go into planning a wedding.

As you admire your diamond and plan the wedding...

Have you thought about the many details of a life-time marriage and the love that is required to support you and your spouse through all the issues that will come up in the marriage?

The word "diamond" is translated from a word that means 'unconquerable' or 'indestructible' – and it almost is; the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. It is easy to see why the diamond came to be emblematic of indestructible, eternal love and devotion in marriage. Such indestructible, sacrificial love desires the best for your spouse, everyday, without conditions in all kinds of circumstances.

The love you share can be strengthened through the process of pre-marital counseling. Pre-marital counseling is for all couples getting married. It is a FUN, EXCITING, and EDUCATIONAL time that will put you on the fast track for a great life and successful marriage!

What is Pre-Marital Counseling?

No one gets married to get divorced. Prepare for your marriage so your vow of "I do" is followed by the reality of "For as long as we both shall live."

Pre-marital counseling is a proactive approach to addressing the changes that a couple will encounter in the first seven years of their marriage. It allows you to map a smooth journey to avoid the most common and damaging situations.

This is a time to become aware of:

  • communication skills
  • conflict resolution skills
  • emotional maturity
  • expectations
  • family of origin dynamics
  • finances
  • holiday traditions
  • personality styles
  • roles
  • sexuality
  • spirituality and religion

For those who have been married before or have children there are other topics to consider in addition to the ones mentioned above. These may include:

  • family loyalties
  • family boundaries
  • step-parenting
  • family traditions

Each person as a couple bring their own strengths and weaknesses into the relationship...their own expectations of what love and life are about...and what a marriage should look like. This is a time for you to be able to discover the strengths you have, and to address areas that need strengthening. Consider this:

"The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal." Frank Pittman

Pre-Marital Packages

Package #1 $895.00

Perfect for couples that have never been married and have no children.


  • 7 Pre-marital sessions
  • Any assessments given
  • 1 marriage counseling session in first six months of marriage

Package #2 $1,395.00

Wonderful for couples that have been married and / or have children.


  • 12 Pre-marital sessions
  • Any Assessments given
  • 1 marriage counseling session in first six months of marriage

Insurance Information

Most insurance companies do not cover relationship, marriage or family counseling. If there is a medical condition that is impacting the marriage and / or family relationships, insurance may cover the counseling on the individual diagnosis. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with your insurance benefits. When you check with your insurance company for benefits, ask for mental health benefits, with an out-of-network provider, for an office visit. We will be happy to file your insurance claim for you for reimbursement. You are responsible for deductibles, co-insurance, and co-payments. All fees are paid up front and the reimbursement will go directly to you. Many clients use their Health Savings accounts and Flexible Spending accounts for counseling. If you have any questions please call and speak with Stephanie at 417-882-6767 or email her.


Initial appointments are usually made over the phone. Other appointments are then made at the end of each counseling sessions with your therapist. When your appointment is scheduled for a specific time, that time is reserved for you. Unlike other types of businesses, the Institute does not over-book clients. The scheduled times of appointments are dedicated solely to working with those individuals, couples or families. Our counselors spend time before each session preparing for who is coming to their appointments.


If you must cancel an appointment, please notify the Institute at 417-882-6767 at least 48 hours before your scheduled session (to avoid charges for the session.)

Financial Responsibility

Each client is responsible for payment of all charges. Your fee is collected when you arrive for your appointment. Checks, cash, Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express are accepted. We also accept flexible spending account, and health savings account cards. If another party is helping to pay for your counseling, we will gladly help with payment arrangements.

Working Together

You will work with the same therapist throughout your time at Springfield MFI. We believe counseling is most successful when the client and therapist develop a good working relationship. Your questions and concerns will be taken seriously. Information you share with your therapist will be kept confidential. It will not be disclosed to anyone without your written permission. If you have questions about something in the counseling process, please bring it up with your therapist.