October 21, 2018
Bible based without being a Bible thumper! Provided the information from a honest, real, transparent, and compassionate vantage. I highly recommend Pitcher Ministries for all! They are very warm and authentic people!
September 30, 2018
This was a great marriage prep class, very educational learning about the differences between males and females. We are so different and those difference make us love and hate the person all in one. This class really taught me to change my perspective on the things that I didn't understand before. I recommend everyone taking a pre-marriage prep course because even though it's all fun now there will be times where it will be hard BUT you will be prepared.
September 6, 2018
Doug & Sissy Pitcher were amazing! They communicated timely with us and ensured we had a good understanding of the programs they offered before signing up. The course we took with them was fantastic! I highly recommend them if you're looking to do pre-marital counseling. I've detailed my full experience below: I found Doug & Sissy Pitcher when looking for a premarital course my fiancé and I could do. My fiancé was a bit hesitant at first, but after I told him couples have a 31% better chance of staying married if they do premarital counseling, he agreed to an introductory phone call with Sissy. Sissy gave us a call and discussed their program options.
They have 2 pre-marital courses they offer. The first one is "Together in Texas" (I think that's the name of it). This is more like a couples one day seminar where you go over various aspects of how to maintain a strong marriage. The 2nd course they offer is a SYMBIS assessment course. SYMBIS stands for Save your marriage before it starts. It's an assessment that you and your partner take separately that generates a 15 page report, and then you have a facilitated session to review your results with Sissy and Doug. The sessions can be broken up into 2 x 3 hr sessions or 3 x 2 hr sessions. We chose to do the SYMBIS course, as we wanted something tailored specifically to us as a couple and our relationship. It was a bit pricey, but we figured if we're willing to spend x amount of dollars for a wedding, we should be willing to invest in our relationship regardless of the cost.
The assessment itself was very personality and relationship based. To be honest, it was a lot tougher than I thought, it makes you think of aspects of your life you usually don't think about, but it was extremely thorough. We didn't get the results directly, they're sent to Sissy and Doug and then you go over each page 1 by 1 in the facilitated session.
The sessions with Doug and Sissy were fantastic! They were extremely personable, realistic (they don't sugar coat things), and gave great examples on how to implement aspects of the assessment into our relationship. Be prepared to get personal in your conversations as they want to make this as tailored to you as possible- I ended up walking away from the session not only with a great foundation of how to make our marriage successful but knowing what I needed to work on with myself.
Even my hesitant fiancé loved it and raved about how happy he was that I pushed him to do it. I can't say enough great things about our sessions with Doug & Sissy and walked away from our sessions feeling even closer to my fiancé and confident in our marriage. Be prepared to discuss: your relationship style and your fiancé's relationship style, red flags in your life to be aware of, how to communicate with your partner effectively, how to make your partner feel loved, tough topics (money, sex, etc.) and how to communicate those issues so they don't result in a blow up/fight, how to manage your partner in intense situations, etc. (Like I said, it's super thorough).
One thing I will mention is that Doug & Sissy are faith based, so the conversations will discuss Bible verses, have prayers, etc. (my fiancé and I aren't super religious, but I will say I did enjoy this part b/c I feel like it brought us both closer to God and each other). Overall, I strongly recommend anyone wanting to do pre-marital courses before their wedding to speak with Doug & Sissy!
August 22, 2018
Doug and Sissy were very engaging which made the class enjoyable to the point that it did not feel like we were there for 8 hours. The material was informative and class discussion was very interactive. We feel it was a positive step to do prior to being married. By following the tools, they provided we can be more successful at tackling conflict as it arises, as well as planning for a better financial future. Another important part was self-reflecting so that you work on resolving past issues and not bring them into your marriage. On average, we take classes to learn about our careers and hobbies, seldom do we take time and invest in our own personal relationship skills. We confidently recommend anyone in a relationship, not just a marriage to attend their class. There is a religious context in the class, however even if you are not religious, the elements can be correlated to being a morally sound person and good ethical guidelines to live by.
June 29, 2018
We enjoyed the Twogether In Texas course! Doug & Sissy were great, we highly recommend them for premarital counseling. They are both very personable and thoughtful. I initially contacted them in search of an officiant for our wedding (which they do not specialize in) and weeks after our initial conversation they sent me a personalized email asking if we'd be interested in this course. We learned a lot about ourselves and each other from Sissy & Doug, including skills that will stay with us through the future.
June 25, 2018
We LOVE Doug and Sissy - we took both Twogether in Texas and the SYMBIS assessment. The individual assessment has been very helpful in pointing out potential pitfalls between us and has allowed us to work through things now instead of them surfacing later on. Great couple and great information, you won't regret spending the time and money to invest in your marriage.
June 24, 2018
Whether you belong to a church with a pre-marital counseling course but you do not want to take it or you don't attend a church, the Pitcher Ministries Twogether Premarital Course with Doug and Sissy is a wonderful investment in building a solid foundation for a healthy, lasting marriage. My fiancé and I completed the course with other wonderful couples desiring to be equipped with the tools to build and maintain a healthy, loving, lasting marriage. Doug and Sissy are very passionate about helping others to have just that. They exemplify Love and Compassion. We are grateful for this course and are looking forward to implementing the things we learned in our future marriage. I highly recommend this course to all engaged and soon to be engaged couples. It's a priceless investment. Doug and Sissy we can't thank you enough. Thank you again for your passion, compassion, and dedication to building healthy, loving, lasting marriages. #NoPlanB #LoveIsAChoice #IChooseToLoveHim #HeChoosesToLoveMe #TWOgether
June 17, 2018
I am so glad we took the time to do the symbis assessment and go over the results. It gave great insight into areas we should be more diligent with like communication and listening skills. It's the type of thing that everyone should do in order to be better prepared for a lifetime commitment. I do not feel this was a waste of time at all.
May 18, 2018
My fiancé and I completed the Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) program before we got engaged. The SYMBIS material was extremely valuable and exceeded our expectations, and the Pitchers were amazing facilitators! We immediately felt comfortable with them. They were very personable, and they made the sessions fun while helping us learn and grow as a couple. Doug and Sissy went above and beyond by spending extra time than was allotted for all three of our sessions. They prayed for us and really invested in us. We are thankful that the Pitchers were part of our relationship journey, and I would recommend them to any couple seeking to strengthen their relationship and prepare for a future together.
April 25, 2018
Doug and Sissy were great! They gave us some great tools to use in our marriage. Even though we took a full day course, the time flew by. They were fun and kept it interesting! They gave us great examples from real couples. We took the Twogether in Texas course and were not disappointed! We will be going back to them to do the SYMBIS assessment!