Pre-Marital Counseling

Pre-Marital Counseling and Marriage Prep

Preparing for Marriage
Pre-Marital Counseling and Marriage Prep

Pre-Marital Counseling & Marriage Prep

Do you want to start your marriage off the right way?  Create the relationship you have always wanted, be the "go-to" couple for your friends, and prepare for the most exciting adventure of your life.

With all the things that life unexpectedly throws at us (and isn't that the understatement of the year?), it is essential for you to have a solid foundation for your relationship.  It is during the most challenging times that your relationship is tested the most and when many couples give up because they don't have the tools to save their marriage. Pre-Marital counseling gives you the chance to build on your strengths, discover the areas that need attention, and create a blueprint that supports you through your successes and your challenges.  Many couples believe that marriage prep courses are only intended for religious couples or couples who are struggling, when, in fact, with the right counselor, it is beneficial to all couples and is one of the smartest investments you can make.

Non-Denominational Marriage Counselor
Pre-Marital and Marriage Counselor

So, what does Pre-Marital Counseling entail?

The first step is for you to take a simple, online relationship assessment (I use SYMBIS) to establish a baseline and look at the key areas of your life. The assessment takes around 30-40 minutes to complete and the results are sent to my account. Once I receive your assessment results, I will make a recommendation for the number of sessions and frequency and contact you to book our first session.  The average number is between 6-10 sessions weekly or bi-weekly, based on your availability.  Each session is an hour, and due to recent events and for your safety, they can take place online, and in the comfort of your own home.

In your Marriage Prep sessions, we will explore the key areas of your marriage such as Love Languages, Communication, Values, Expectations, Financial Health, Goal Setting, Family Planning, Spirituality, and any other area that may need attention.  Each session is customized to your needs and I will make recommendations based on your individual situations. If you are a religious or multi-faith couple, I offer counseling from a spiritual perspective.  I am an all-inclusive, non-denominational practitioner offering services to all couples, regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientation, race, or cultural background.  If it turns out that we are not a good match (in some situations a specialized therapist is needed), we can explore other options for you to get the support that is most beneficial.

LGBTQ Couple Counselor
LGBTQ Marriage and Pre-Marital Counseling

Where do the Pre-Marital Counseling Sessions take place?

If you prefer to practice social-distancing, I offer Virtual counseling sessions that take place over Zoom (password protected) or a platform of your choosing.  If you are located in New York and prefer to meet in person, I offer sessions in the Union Square area, and in some cases, I can travel to you.

Beginning this fall, I am launching my online academy called "The Love OS Academy" where you can take my "Marriage Success Blueprint" Course, the only self-guided online platform for couples.  This Course combines all of the tools that I use in my couple sessions and allows you to do it on your own.  It will also include live Q & A sessions with me to support you through the process.  Email me if you are interested in learning more.

Online Counseling
Virtual Relationship Counseling

How much does it cost and how do I sign up?

For one-on-one pre-marital counseling and marriage counseling sessions, the fee is $175 (in person) and $125 (online) per session.  I offer discounted packages if you prefer to pay for your sessions up front, and/or have me as the officiant for your wedding ceremony.
Please send me an email at to schedule a free consultation and to discuss your needs further.  


I set up a surprise vow renewal in Central Park for my wife and me for our 20th anniversary. I found Rev. Samora online and I could tell right away from communicating with her that she would be top notch! She did not disappoint! With short notice, she put together a lovely ceremony for us and more than delivered on everything I asked for. A true treat to have her perform our ceremony. She will forever be in our hearts!

— Scott —

Jillyan & George Scarpa

Good morning Reverend Samora
I would like to start by saying Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts! George & I had the big Italian Church wedding ceremony 25 years ago bells & whistles etc...~that being said.We wanted this leg of the journey to be intimate & filled with Love! From the moment we first contacted you, we knew you were the one to renew & celebrate our 25th Anniversary Wedding Vow Renewal. You were not only professional & personable~But we truly felt that you were a part of Our Family! You exceeded every expectation!!! What you did for my father in law ( finding him a ride & saying that you would even get your own car because you knew walking was too difficult for him) Our family is still speaking about your warmth & concern!!!
Your ceremony & the beauty of your words ( I am so happy I wanted to be surprised) I am usually one full of words & honestly Reverend Samora~ there are not words of Gratitude to capture the Love & Beauty you created in our ceremony!
Thank you Thank you Thank you~ I truly feel as though Sunday was a Dream come true for George & I & Our Daughters & Families!
We can't wait to see the photos & video & I will definitely stay in touch!With so much Love & Gratitude

— Jillyan & George Scarpa—