Practically Married : Paula Holt

"I want to help you build the foundation for a great marriage!"


Choosing to get married is one of the biggest decisions we can make. With a walk down the aisle, we commit ourselves to being a roommate, a financial partner, a caretaker, and for many, a co-parent of current or future children. So why do most of us do less to prepare for this momentous life event than we do for taking the SAT or buying a car?

I think many of us believe that dating and living together is a form of preparation. I certainly did. The difficulties in the early years after my wedding proved me wrong. After 14 years of marriage, I’m convinced that the best thing I could have done to avoid those difficulties was to participate in some form of marriage preparation.

In fact, I don’t just believe it; research supports the benefits of preparing for married life. My personal experience combined with the data made me determined to provide couples with easier access to planning tools that focus on practical marital issues.

When I started developing my programs, I already had a degree in sociology from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern, so I decided to create my own course of study. I trained in some of the premier marriage education programs including The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, Bringing Baby Home, Prepare/Enrich®, and Couple Communication™. I also met with therapists, read books and interviewed numerous engaged and married partners to determine the optimal content to help couples thrive.

I want to share all of this information with the goal of strengthening and enriching your relationship!

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Paula’s training and research has provided her with a collective understanding of how to best help couples address the important questions before marriage so they can begin with a solid supportive foundation from which to grow.
— Jocelyn Elderkin, MA, LMFTA, Soleil Counseling
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MOre About Paula Holt

I was born and raised in Chicago. After my college years in California and a short stay in NYC, I settled back in my hometown with my husband, son and daughter. Currently, I don’t have a dog because I can’t figure out how to handle a new addition to our family, but I will happily pet yours if it’s friendly. I'm a podcast enthusiast and I love to dance. In fact, that's what I was doing the first time my husband saw me. Apparently my moves got his attention.