• Why The Marriage Guides?

    Time

    Many couples have difficulty finding the time to actually focus and work on their relationship. Typically, this means trying to coordinate schedules, finding a time after work, between kids sports commitments, arranging a babysitter and then doing that on a consistent basis.

    This can be a huge challenge in a fast paced society.

     

    We tried to learn from our private practice couples and create a solution where much of the prep work and follow up could be done at your own pace.

     

    Here our initial sessions are 1.25 hours in length with both of us. These sessions are long enough to get some serious work done. You will learn specific insights on negative patterns and identify positive alternatives to help get back on track.

    Meeting with Both of Us

    This is pretty unique. It's a bit of a unicorn but it's something we both really enjoy. By meeting with both of us, you get to see two different perspectives at work. Not only do you get to see how we both work together as a couple but also see how our individual strengths get to shine. While Kerri's strengths allow her to stay on task, teach necessary skills and follow through with a clear actionable plan. Sam's strengths help him quickly make connections with couples and quickly identify patterns, and create one of a kind word pictures/analogies for couples to better conceptualize their relationship.

    Positioned for Success

    Ultimately, if your marriage is going to get to your dream destination it’s going to be because you implemented the things you learned. A true guides role is not to necessarily do the heavy lifting but to point people in the right direction to accomplish their goals.

     

    We have designed a package that focuses on self-reliance and guidance rather than rescue and intervention. We think this benefits everyone in the long run. We often say it’s our goal to work ourselves out of a job.

     

    We have access to lots of tools and exercises that can help you on your journey.

  • The Options

    We are confident that we can guide you towards getting your marriage back on track.

    1

    Take the Relationship Checkup and have an initial session to get the results. $250

    The Relationship Checkup based on 40 years of marriage research by the Gottman Institute and it provides us with a 360 degree view of your entire relationship with 337 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust, as well as parenting, housework, finances, individual areas of concern, and more.

     

    Then we will schedule a 1 hour initial session to discuss the results and determine if our services will be a good fit moving forward.

    2

    Marriage Coaching Sessions followed up by prescribed homework using the Gottman Relationship Builder 

    (3 Session Package for $1000)

    With 24 years of personal marriage experience plus nearly a decade of doing professional marriage counseling through our private practice we are confident we can make a positive impact on your marriage. Plus with the three 2 hour Marriage Coaching Session package we are offering access to the Gottman Relationship Builder which allows us to assign specific professionally created homework modules from the Gottman Institute to help you create lasting change to your relationship.

     

    We have seen it over and over. The couples that work the hardest on the homework see the most result!

    3

    The Follow Up - As Needed Ongoing Support ($75/.5 hr increments)

    We’re here for you. For many couples just a few initial sessions with both of us will radically help them change directions but we understand that some situations are going to be more complex. Now that we know your story we’d love to continue to support your marriage in whatever way is best for you. Follow up sessions will be with either Sam or Kerri which allows us a lot more flexibility.

     

    Although we can't guarantee your success we can commit to giving you everything we've got to ensure you have all the tools to get unstuck and back on track.

    4

    Marriage Support Group

    We’re here for you. For many couples just a few initial sessions with both of us will radically help them change directions but we understand that some situations are going to be more complex. Now that we know your story we’d love to continue to support your marriage in whatever way is best for you. Follow up sessions will be with either Sam or Kerri which allows us a lot more flexibility.

     

    Although we can't guarantee your success we can commit to giving you everything we've got to ensure you have all the tools to get unstuck and back on track.

  • PROFILES

    Here's the long story short.

    We've been doing this awhile.

    We are confident we can help

    And WE LOVE what we do!

     

    BUT it's not about us.

    We want to see YOU and YOUR MARRIAGE succeed!

    Place Holder Photo for Sam Moehlenpah, MFT

    Sam's Bio

    Strengths: WOO, Activator, Communication,

    Maximizer and Positivity

    Sam is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (MFC37887). Sam graduated from Western Seminary in Los Gatos, CA with his degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has been working in private practice doing counseling for 16 years. Sam spent 2 1/2 years training and supervising therapists for the Fleet and Family Support Counseling Center for the Navy at Naval Base San Diego and then served as a Family Advocacy Clinician for the Marine Corps at MCAS Miramar for 2 1/2 years. He became the "go to" referral for marriage counseling by his peers. Sam currently works with the local Suicide Hotline. Sam has completed Level 1, 2 &3 of the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.

    Place Holder photo for Kerri Moehlenpah, MFT

    Kerri's Bio

    Strengths: Deliberator, Analytical, Context, 

    Adaptability and Harmony

    Kerri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (MFC41949). Kerri graduated from Bethel Seminary in San Diego, CA with her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kerri started in private practice in 2005 and then left to be a full-time mom in 2010. During her time away she volunteered by leading therapy groups for GenerateHope an awesome organization that rehabilitates victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery. Kerri specializes in working with couples, helping them to rebuild trust and rediscover the connection in their marriage. Kerri has completed Level 1, 2, & 3 in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.

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