Understanding differences between Marriage Mentoring, Coaching & Professional Counseling
Mentoring and Coaching are similar but not
the same thing. It is important to understand
the difference before we refer someone to
These services are not professional counseling.
In mentoring the provider of services offers a safe environment for the couple to communicate, confidentially, about issues affecting their day to day relationship. The couple may be guided in the use of specific skills to keep the discussion constructive and avoid escalating conflicts. But beyond skills, mentoring also enables the couple to negotiate overall mutually-agreed expectations and plans for the relationship, thus setting the stage for ongoing health and growth of the marriage,
This type of intervention requires both spouses’
participation and involvement, in order to learn
about one another and build a climate of trust and
confidence. This leads to building virtues and
qualities that will help each individual and the
relationship to grow. Mentoring aims to reduce the
possibility of conflict escalation. If the husband
and wife truly collaborate and commit to the
process, the results of mentoring can be very
positive and sometimes even spectacular.
Coaching Sessions are focused on concrete issues
such as learning how to develop a particular
relationship skill. The purpose of the coaching
is to improve the individual’s performance in
the relationship. Therefore it often can be done
individually in just few sessions, depending on the
needs of the person being coached.
This involves either enhancing current skills,
values, virtues or acquiring new ones. Individuals
need to be committed to regularly reportback to the
coach with feedback on the areas in which he or
she is working.
This intervention can be done by
using small-groups strategies or by using short
programs or resources individually.
These interventions are targeted to couples
facing moderate issues in their relationship.
The interventions are adaptable to a wide
range of marriage situations.
Any particular situation that requires clinical or specialized care will be referred.
The marriage enrichment process to be a 13 to 16 sessions journey. This process is great for couples needing a tune-up or wanting to take their marriages to the next level. The enrichment process will positively strengthen any mentee’s marriage as well as prepare them to overcome future issues.
Here is an overview of what the process looks like:
1st. Session : Connection Meeting, Mentor an Mentee couple meet and get to know each other.
2nd. Session: Resume first session and clearly distinguish the issues or difficulties.
3rd. & 4th. Sessions: Assessment Sessions, helping them better understand how they were uniquely created by God and how this impacts their communication, problem solving, desired social interactions and more.
5th.-12th. or 15th.Sessions: Covenant, identification, Forgiveness, Commitment, Communication, Conflict
Resolution, Biblical Sexuality, Finances and Social Phases.
13th or 16th : Mentor and mentee couples celebrate as they look back on all that God has done in their marriages through the enrichment process and look forward with anticipation of what God still has planned for them
Couples learning together to Value God’s Word, Value one another, and Value living in authentic faith and love.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call (713) 741-8711