Zahira Melendez Therapy, LMFT-A

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. " - Nelson Mandela


The PREPARE/ENRICH program helps premarital couples prepare for marriage, and dating, married or committed couples enrich their relationship. It helps build a stronger relationship by exploring your specific relationship dynamics, identifying strengths and growth opportunities, and learning and practicing relationship skills.

There are two main components in PREPARE/ENRICH

  1. Online couple assessment

  2. Feedback & development of relationship skills


The PREPARE/ENRICH assessment is a well-researched comprehensive tool that increases the awareness about yourself, your partner and your relationship, and guides you in developing relationship skills that will help you increase relational satisfaction.

Research shows that taking this assessment prior to marriage reduces your risk of divorce by 30%.

The assessment evaluates the couple’s relationship health in the following areas:

  • Idealistic Distortion

  • Communication

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Partner Style and Habits

  • Financial Management

  • Leisure Activities

  • Sexuality and Affection

  • Family and Friends

  • Relationship Roles

  • Spiritual Beliefs (if applicable)

The assessment is tailored to your current relational and cultural context. The questions at the beginning of the assessment will help customize the questions that will follow. It accounts for cohabitation status, cultural and ethnic differences, previous marriages, parenting status & expectations, role transitions, age related changes, and spiritual beliefs amongst others.

Feedback and Skill Development

Following the assessment, we will meet for several feedback sessions to review the results of the assessment, celebrate the strengths and develop new skills to help you grow as a couple. Through the feedback process you can understand and accept each other's personality style, identify your differences, learn how to use those differences to benefit the relationship, and increase your ability to work as a team.

Skills Development

During the feedback sessions, you and your partner will learn and practice new skills.

Skills are developed in the following categories:

  • Communication

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Sex and Affection

  • Closeness & Flexibility

  • Financial Management

  • Relationship Roles

  • Personal Stress

  • Spiritual Beliefs

  • Parenting Expectations

  • Marriage Expectations

  • Goal Setting

Next Steps

If you are interested in increasing connection and satisfaction in your relationship, call or email me to setup an appointment.