Coaching Focus: Connection
Intro: Connection to God and His wisdom and connection to one another is what we were made for. Brief review of supporting scriptures - 10 minutes
Share a positive quality about the essence your partner.
Couple Exercise: MANAGING EXPECTATIONS is a communication skill you can learn and practice together - review of 2 case studies - 10 minutes
Couple Exercise: 30-second listening exercise - Take turns being the talker and the listener and develop the skill of KNOWING AND BEING KNOWN - 10 minutes
Couple Exercise: CULTIVATE COUPLE RITUALS - Plan a date night with your partner’s preferences in mind.
Coaching metaphor: Explanation of Swaddle vs. Straightjacket - 5 minutes
Coaching Focus: Emotions
Intro: Share something your spouse does that you appreciate.
Couple Exercise: Create a wish list using REFLECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS to hear and understand your partner - 20 min
Review of Virginia Satir’s Universal Desires of Every Heart - 10 minutes
Coaching Metaphor: A look at how our hearts become wounded using the monkey metaphor - 10 minutes
Couple Exercises: Unfinished Business and Classroom of Self - 10 minutes
Coaching Focus: Responsibility for Self
Coaching Metaphor: The Hula Hoop - 10 minutes
Couple Exercise: Chart your reactive patterns in conflict - 25 minutes
Wrap Up and Review
Coaching Focus: Unity and Goals
Couple Exercise: Goal setting - 25 min
Couple Exercise: Create couple traditions and rituals - 10 minutes
Wrap up and review - 10 minutes
What Couples are saying
“I’ve heard from several of our ladies who received so much from what you shared. They were moved by how real and sincere you are. Your transparency immediately put them at ease, making them feel they were safe with you, and could receive the message God had for them.”
Women’s Ministry Leader, Cy-Fair Christian Church
Meet Patti Hatton
Patti graduated from Houston Baptist University in 2008 with a MA in Christian Counseling. Her practicum and three-year internship was completed at Second Baptist Church. Highway to the Heart was written by Patti and her husband David to speak to the needs of both husbands and wives, in a fair and balanced manner. While her methods are inspired by scripture, you may choose a faith-based or non-faith based approach. The principles outlined in Highway to the Heart work in a Christian or non-Christian context.
American Association of Christian Counselors
Birkman Method Consultant
Emotionally Focused Therapy, Les Greenberg
Marriage Intensive Leadership Training, The Satisfied Marriage Program, by Michael and Amy Smalley
Prepare/Enrich Counselor Certification, Life Innovations, Inc. for engaged and married couple assessments
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as a Licensed Professional Counselor, M.A. License Number 64132