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Reviewed On 11/28/2019 by Briana G
My husband and I enjoyed this class so much! It really helped us communicate with each other better and it also helped us be more understanding with one another. With Gods guidance and their helpful tips I’m convinced we can get through anythi...
ng. We also liked that we interacted with one another and It wasn’t just a lecture from them. I’m really glad we attended and we really recommend taking this course whether you’re engaged or already married!
Doug and Sissy are awesome and they both provide so much helpful information from each other’s point of view. We look forward to attending more of their courses in the future.!
Reviewed On 10/06/2019 by Vanessa R
dDoug and Sissy were absolutely amazing! We are so grateful we took this premarital course as it covered all the necessities for having a great marriage! We loved the interactive exercises that helped drive topics home and the PPT presentation ...
also kept us interested. Unfortunately because our conversations were so interaction and lively, we weren't able to get to the last topic of love languages, but they provided us with resources to look into this further.
We would highly recommend this course to any couples looking to take the next step in marriage because you can never have too much education, especially when it comes to making a life long commitment...remember, there is NO PLAN B for marriage.
Reviewed On 8/24/2019 by Shandy M
Take this class! Worth the investment into your marriage for sure. Fun and informative. Both of us got something of value out of it. We invest in so many things in life...spend these few buck and hours to invest in your future marriage. Th...
anks, Doug and Sissy!
Reviewed On 5/20/2019 by Stephanie P
Great concepts and very eye opening. I do wish there was more interaction as it did feel more of a lecture.
Reviewed On 5/08/2019 by Kim H
We had the best time learning about our personalities, how they work well together and how our views on important issues are very similar. Now was this all peaches and roses, no there were some hot topics that I think every engaged couple shoul...
d talk through before marriage.
EVERY engaged couple needs to meet the Pitchers - it’s a must. Very informational, including some great tips on how to make our relationship stronger as our family grows and ideas of how to help educate ourselves in love.
Couldn’t give more thumbs up, stars or talk to everyone about this, DO IT!!
Reviewed On 5/07/2019 by Jalisha M
Doug and Sissy were amazing. I didn’t think my fiancé would have enjoyed the Premarriage boot camp as much as he did. He is even interested in future sessions with Doug and Sissy. We had a great time and the information that was shared, has bee...
n in our relationship and helping us communicate much better than before. Thank you Doug and Sissy, and God Bless 🙏🏾👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Reviewed On 4/29/2019 by SAM R
This past Saturday, I spent the day with Doug and Sissy Pitcher for a "Battle Ready" pre-marital boot camp. They covered many topics like healthy conflict resolution, intimacy topics, financial overview, love languages, and communication. I lea...
rned how my finance thinks with his "waffle" mind set and how my "spaghetti" mind set can drive him crazy. I would highly recommend this course to newly engaged or committed couples. You will learn something you did not know about each, I can guarantee it.
Reviewed On 4/08/2019 by Rachel H
It was a day well spent. Great Godly reminders and lessons on how to be Christ like husbands and wives. My fiance was not raised in church so it was really interesting/ informational for him. Led to a good dialogue between us and is definitely ...
a good foundation for our upcoming marriage and life.
Reviewed On 4/04/2019 by Tiffany T
We truly enjoyed everything covered at our pre-marriage boot camp. Some sticky situations were brought to life when we didn't have a resolution to them & we now know how to handle conflict on topics that once seemed impossible to fix. Thanks fo...
r really opening our hearts and eyes to what our potential relationship could become and how to truly work as a team. I highly recommend seeking out Doug & Sissy for help through anything and to prepare you for any storm.
Reviewed On 3/15/2019 by Joe P
Doug & Sissy were wonderful. They provided more insight, guidance, and wisdom into our upcoming marriage than was ever expected. Their help and teachings are making sure we start our marriage off on the right path.
Reviewed On 3/12/2019 by Annissa U
My fiance and I were really intentional on wanting to do pre-marital counseling. We looked at several services, even looked into the church we attend. However, we met Doug at the Bridal Extravaganza Summer 2018. While I was searching, we were s...
ubscribed to them and received an email about an upcoming date. The price was ONLY $35 just to register for an 8-hour session...and honestly, it was WELL WORTH it. My fiance didn't even know until the day of we would get a $60 fee off our marriage license (which is just an added bonus).
By surprise, we were actually the only couple there, and Doug and Sissy really were hospitable, kind, and were passionate about what they are doing. It felt like we had our own personal session. We recommend this to any newly engaged couples, married couples, and even couples who are pursuing each other.
Although it was an 8-hour session, the time went fairly quick and we each gained a new perspective on the mind of a male/female and of our relationship. There is so much I can say about this couple and the pre-marital session, but it is different when you actually experience it.
Even in arguments now, we really try to include what we were taught in this session. Which really has helped our communication with each other and how fast to get out of the "crazy cycle." Don't know what that is? You will when you go to counseling with them! :)
Thanks again so much for your support in our relationship and our marriage. We are truly grateful we took this class.
Reviewed On 3/01/2019 by Crysta C
This pre-marital counseling was extremely informative and professional while gently bringing things to light. They were both very polite and accommodating to our schedule. When we felt we needed a little bit more guidance they set up another me...
eting to discuss some concerns.
Reviewed On 12/17/2018 by Jacob S
The couple was very enjoyable and professional. There were some aspects of the evaluation that I thought were incorrect from the actual test point but that did no impact their overall level of service and the experience provided.
Reviewed On 12/16/2018 by Ronna R
My fiance' and I took this class last weekend. It was fantastic! It had REAL examples of situations that come up in REAL life, so the strategies they offer can be applied to things that actually happen to us on a daily basis. Doug and Sissy gen...
uinely care about each participant and helping them have the best marriage they can. We have applied what we learned during the class many time this week to our daily lives and we are beyond thankful for their guidance and wisdom. No Plan B!
Reviewed On 11/28/2018 by Patricia P
We loved our pre-marital classes! Sissy was very patient and made us both feel comfortable and safe expressing our thoughts. We walked away with very useful tools to strengthen our communication, listening habits and relationship. I would highl...
y recommend all couples to take these valuable classes with Pitcher Ministries.
Reviewed On 10/22/2018 by Melissa E
Doug and Sissy do a great job of walking through so many elements that are important to a successful marriage. They were open, transparent, and honest with us about their journey and lessons learned. We both left feeling like our toolbox was fu...
ll and ready to help us build our foundation and future.
Reviewed On 10/21/2018 by Jo S
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!
Reviewed On 9/30/2018 by Margo P
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 pers...
pective 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.
Reviewed On 9/06/2018 by Kristyn A
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 fiance and I could do. My fiance 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 seperately 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 fiance 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 fiance and confident in our marriage.
Be prepared to discuss: your relationship style and your fiance'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 fiance 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!
Reviewed On 8/23/2018 by Adriana A
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 pr...
ior 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.
Reviewed On 6/29/2018 by Katherine K
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 the...
y 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.
Reviewed On 6/26/2018 by Lauren M
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 btwn us and has allowed us to work through things now instead of them surfaci...
ng later on.
Great couple and great information, you won't regret spending the time and money to invest in your marriage.
Reviewed On 6/25/2018 by Dee H
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 soli...
d foundation for a healthy, lasting marriage. My fiance 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
Reviewed On 6/18/2018 by Casara Z
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.
Reviewed On 5/18/2018 by Lisa D
My fiance 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 fe...
lt 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.
Reviewed On 4/25/2018 by Vanessa S
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 Twogeth...
er in Texas course and were not dissapointed! We will be going back to them to do the SYMBIS assessment!
Reviewed On 3/26/2018 by Ally M
Doug and Elizabeth have been such an important part of our young marriage. They have taught us what a true Godly marriage is and have allowed us to enjoy all of the greatness that comes with it! Together we are continuously growing in Christ an...
d these two wonderful people have been nothing but blessings on this journey. I personally come from a family of broken marriages with no real guide to what a healthy marriage looks like. Doug and Elizabeth have helped us see marriage through a different lens enabled me to set an example for the next generation of my family. Together they have guided us through different challenges - from language barriers to individual insecurities - and we have become stronger and closer to God as a result. I truly believe God strategically put Doug and Elizabeth Pitcher in our lives and I am forever grateful.
Reviewed On 3/08/2018 by Maria A
Amazing Ministry! Love, Love, Love this couple. My husband and I have attended several of their classes/events. It doesn't matter if you're engaged or married for many years, their godly insight is worth investing your time. So happy to have th...
em pouring into our lives.
Reviewed On 3/08/2018 by Susen B
Pitcher Ministries is fantastic! My husband and I had a wonderful day at their Faith and Fitness event. We came away with new insights to our relationship. Can't wait for the next one!
Reviewed On 3/07/2018 by Frankie C
Great organization! Doug and Sissy really pour into couples relationships. Whether you just started dating or are on your 30 year of marriage the events and training they provide has been beneficial to so many. I recommend these two to anyone a...
nd everyone I meet!
Reviewed On 3/01/2018 by Eman E
It’s so encouraging to see a married couple like the Pitchers fighting for marriages and pouring (no pun intended) their time, money, resources and most importantly their hearts into educating and equipping couples with tools for a successful m...
arriage. They also share their personal experiences (the good, the bad, what works and what doesn’t, etc) which makes spending time with them a genuine good time and fun learning experience! Thanks for what you do!
Reviewed On 2/26/2018 by Danielle V
Doug and Sissy Ptitcher were such a lovely, God fearing couple! My fiance and I took the premarital class with them and it was great information to help us grow as we build our covenant with each other. I would definitely recommend them to any...