Marriage Preparation & Enrichment

Preparing & Enhancing Great Marriages

PREPARE/ENRICH Identifies a Couples Unique Strength and Growth Areas

PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised couple assessment (completed online) that identifies a couple’s strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counselling and premarital education and is also used for marriage counselling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement. Based on a couple’s assessment results, I provide feedback sessions to help you discuss and understand your results and work with proven relationship skills.

PREPARE/ENRICH will help you:

  • Identify strength and growth areas
  • Explore personality traits
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
  • Compare family backgrounds
  • Comfortably discuss financial issues
  • Establish personal, couple, and family goals

PREPARE/ENRICH assesses these areas of your relationship:

  • 12 Relationship Scales – communication, conflict resolution, roles, sexuality, finances,  spiritual beliefs, and more
  • 5 SCOPE Personality Scales
  • 4 Couple and Family Scales – based on Circumplex Model
  • 4 Relationship Dynamic Scales
  • 30 Customised Scales

Rigorously Tested for both Reliability and Validity

Historically, the items and scales in PREPARE/ENRICH have been rigorously tested for both reliability and validity, with excellent results. The national norm base is very large and a couple typology with premarital and married couples has been developed and validated with various ethnic groups. The norm base used is typically about 100,000 couples.

22 Areas Assessed

As well as providing important demographic and background information for a couple, 22 areas are assessed and individual and couple responses in these areas are summarised in reports made available to me as your Facilitator:

A. Significant Issues for Couples (10 scales):

  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Partner Style & Habits
  • Financial Management
  • Leisure Activities
  • Affection & Sexuality
  • Family and Friends
  • Idealistic Distortion
  • Relationship Roles
  • Spiritual Beliefs

B. Relationship Dynamics
(4 scales):

  • Assertiveness
  • Self Confidence
  • Avoidance
  • Partner Dominance

C. Couple and Family Map
(4 scales):

  • Closeness and Flexibility of Family-of-Origin
  • Closeness and Flexibility of Couple Relationship/Marriage

D. Personality
(4 scales)

  • Social
  • Change
  • Organized
  • Pleasing
  • Emotionally Steady
Couples also answer questions about STRESS and, depending on their circumstances answer questions about cultural/ethnic issues, interfaith/interchurch issues, parenting issues, cohabitation issues, forgiveness issues, commitment issues and issues arising from a previous marriage.

Using the PREPARE/ENRICH Couples Report

Feedback materials includes a Facilitator’s Report and a Couple’s Report. The 10 page Couple’s Report includes the Core Categories and Couple Type, the Couple and Family Maps, the SCOPE Personality scales, and the Personal Stress Profile.

The Couple’s Report includes the following sections:

  1. Introduction and Table of Contents
  2. Summary of Strength and Growth Areas
  3. Relationship Dynamics: Assertiveness, Self Confidence, Avoidance, Partner Dominance
  4. Personal Stress Profile
  5. Couple Map
  6. Family Map (when applicable)
  7. SCOPE Personality Section

The Gottman Relationship Checkup

Created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman in Collaboration with The Gottman Institute

Gottman Approved Member A new online assessment that automatically scores a couple’s strengths and challenges.

This clinical tool consists of 480 questions about friendship, intimacy, how well you know your partner, how you manage emotions and conflict, how you share your values and goals, and what gives meaning to your lives. There are additional questions about parenting, housework, finances, trust, and individual areas of concern. The ques- tionnaire is completely confidential, fully HIPAA compliant, and your therapist will be the only person to see your responses.

The Gottman Relationship Checkup is a breakthrough in couple’s therapy as it allows for a confidential, efficient way for your clinician to complete the evaluation process. By using this new technology, your assessment can be done at any time and in the setting of your choice! Upon completion, it automatically provides valuable clinical information by pinpointing specific strengths and challenges in your relationship, while also suggesting action- able, research-based recommendations for therapy.

You can feel confident in your results. Drs. John and Julie Gottman created this research-based assessment in collaboration with The Gottman Institute to help couples build a personalized treatment plan with their thera- pist. Dr. John Gottman is a clinical psychologist who has completed more than 40 years of research on couple relationships, and is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential therapists of the last quarter century. Dr. Julie Gottman is a highly respected clinical psychologist who is sought internationally by the media and clinical organizations as an expert advisor on relationships. Together, they have dedicated their lives to helping couples, and The Gottman Relationship Checkup is the result of this life work.

How it works:

1. Accept your invitation
Your therapist will send each of you a separate email inviting you to The Gottman Relationship Checkup.

2. Create a private profile

Once you have accepted the email invitation to join The Gottman Relationship Checkup, you and your partner

will each create individual, separate profiles.

3. Complete the questionnaire

You and your partner will each complete your own questionnaire at your convenience. Stop and start at any time. Neither partner will be able to access the other’s information at any point in the process. In order to pre- serve the integrity and accuracy of the tool, you are encouraged not to share your responses with each other or log in to your partner’s account. The actual time it takes to complete each assessment varies, but it will take, on average, about two hours.

4. Get your results

When you have both completed your individual questionnaires, your therapist will be notified and will be able to securely log in to review your scores and the analysis of your relationship. Your therapist will be able to discuss the results with you and suggest a treatment plan for improving and strengthening your relationship.


Matthew uses the Prepare/Enrich and the Gottman Relationship Checkup as tools to help you build a better marriage.
Gottman Approved Member

Session Details

  • For couples engaged to be married or married couples who are looking to enhance their relationship
  • Four 55/min sessions – three prior to marriage, one after marriage for those who are engaged.
  • Includes costs for the Prepare/Enrich assessment and report
  • $430 for 4 sessions 
  • $325  for students, pensioners, and low income earners with a health care card.

Appointments are face-to-face in-person (Brisbane region) only – no Skype.

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Session payments can be broken down into one $230 payment up-front and two $100 payments for the subsequent two sessions.

Why Do I Use Prepare/Enrich?

For over thirty years, PREPARE/ENRICH has led the way in helping couples explore and strengthen their relationships. The main component of the program is an online survey you each complete in about 30-45 minutes. PREPARE/ENRICH is not just any survey. The items you respond to are based on research and are intended to help you identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your premarital or married relationship. I have been trained to provide feedback by helping you understand your results and learn important relationship skills. Built on a solid research foundation, PREPARE/ENRICH has been improved and refined over the years to become one of the best, most effective, easy-to-use relationship assessment tools available.

Over 3 Million Couples Assessed!

Over the last 30 years, the PREPARE/ENRICH relationship assessment has empowered and energized more than 3 million couples. PREPARE/ENRICH is the premier couple inventory and assessment tool used nationally and internationally.

Improve your relationship

Whether you are dating, engaged, or married, PREPARE/ENRICH has been  scientifically proven to improve your relationship dynamics and relationship skills.

Outcome studies have found couples who take PREPARE/ENRICH and receive 3-5 feedback sessions with a trained Facilitator have significant improvement on 10 out of 13 relationship categories and greatly improve their relationship satisfaction.

Reduce your risk of divorce

Studies have shown couples who complete the PREPARE/ENRICH program prior to marriage have the potential to reduce their chances of divorce by as much as 30%.

A rich and rewarding experience!

Couples enjoy the process of completing the assessment and having feedback sessions with their Facilitator. It is fun to explore and examine your relationship within a framework that encourages awareness of thoughts, feelings, constructive dialogue, and meaningful understanding of each other. PREPARE/ENRICH helps you examine your relationship on dimensions found to be important to relationship health. You will learn how to communicate more effectively with each other so that you can improve your relationship and continue to understand, connect, and relate in healthy ways. You will learn and practice skills that will serve your relationship now and in the future.

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