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Marriage Preparation Seminar

One Day Marriage Preparation Seminar

Date:          Seminars are held in the fall, winter and spring,
                   The Fall seminar will be held in Bellevue on September 16, 2017.

Time:           9:00am-3:30pm

Location:    Bellevue Presbyterian Church
                    1717 Bellevue Way NE
                    Bellevue, WA  98004   425-454-3082

Cost:           $325.00 per couple (includes materials, lunch and follow-up marriage consultation)

Presenter:   Deb Thomas, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Kim Snow, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Deb can be reached at or at 206-527-2266 x343 - Kim can be reached at or at 206-527-2266 x363

Registration: By mail with registration form or by phone, 206-527-2266.


REGISTRATION REQUIRED: CLICK HERE (please indicate which date you are interested in registering for, each date is a separate seminar)
($200.00 pre-registration fee required and mailed to Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, Attn: Deb Thomas, 564 NE Ravenna, Seattle, WA  98115)


*Additional couples session is available for couples to schedule with facilitator at a mutually agreed upon time.


For many years, couples of all ages and religious affiliations have been referred to Samaritan by their pastors or priests or family members or have come simply because they hear this is a good program.  They enroll in the seminar knowing that their intention to create a successful marriage relationship will be taken seriously and that they'll learn practical skills and strategies.  Like all programs at Samaritan, the Marriage Preparation Seminar welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles.


In this small group setting couples can safely share their experiences and expectations.  They strengthen their communication and problem-solving skills, focusing on how they can speak their own truth, listen to each other with care, and negotiate with fairness.  They learn from the seminar leader and each other about how people develop and sustain resilient relationships.


Couples explore relationship areas that have proven to be the most challenging for couples, including:


  • Expressing intimacy and affection
  • Exploring roles, expectations and future changes
  • Understanding their own family systems
  • Communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Exploring spiritual life/beliefs


“I wish we’d taken the class earlier. I’d recommend it to any newly engaged couple I know.”
“We still use the exercises – many years later.”
“What was most beneficial was the chance to hear other couples who are at the same stage of life as we are.” 
“Talking about communication was really informative. It allowed us to see where we need to work and where our strengths are.”  

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