Certified Marriage-Relationship Coaches who use ( & train other counselors) Research based Prepare-Enrich Relationship Inventories , PREP and other proven tools with many years specializing only with couples. Our Coaches are themselves married long term and bring many years of coaching/education experience to the community.
Founder: Bob Ruthazer, CFLE, is widely considered the foremost marriage expert in Central Virginia and is the Founder of Relationship Foundation of Virginia (formerly First Things First). He has 27+ years of experience helping thousands of couples build strong marriages and healthy lasting relationships and continues to coach a limited numberof executive couples.
Head Coach, Tom Barila, M.Ed, CCE, is a highly effective & experienced coaching couples and is a Certified PREPARE-ENRICH Facilitator & Instructor and also experienced coaching men.
Almost ALL 5 STAR Reviews: Experience and Specialization Counts and our proven techniques get results!
We will be the LAST to Give Up on Your Marraige: HELP - HOPE - HOW
Best of Richmond 2020 Marriage Coaching-Counseling
Another Best of Award in 2020....
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Bob has all the right stuff when it comes to coaching. I recommend him to anyone who is interested in relationship coaching in the Virginia area. He gives you the tools and the ways to communicate. And they work.
- Christopher Naylor. 0/2/2020
My fiance and I did our pre-marriage counseling session with Mr. Ruthazer before we got married. I'm very happy that we did. The strategies we learned helped us set relationship goals, work through tough conversations, and prioritize our personal time. I would definitely recommend Mr. Ruthazer to family and friends.
- Jenice Jordan. 9/7/2019
Bob taught us usable, simple, and effective tools to strengthen our communication and conflict resolution skills. Our marriage greatly benefited from working with Bob and we recommend him to any couple looking to improve their relationship!
- Rachel Horne. 7/15/2019
Bit late on this review, but my wife and I went to Bob for "pre-marital counseling," though we were already married... We ran out of time before the wedding but started going within a month of our actual wedding. I say we were looking for counseling, but "coaching" really is what we were after and what was provided. Bob was great and helped guide us through typical potential marriage issues/hiccups, as well as helping engage us to discuss marriage-related things we hadn't previously even thought of. It was a great way for us to get on the same page regarding our attitudes and beliefs towards a variety of topics including parenting, family, financials, etc. Bob is a very smart, funny, and helpful person and he incorporated bits of his own personal marital stories and issues to help show how to apply different techniques--making the coaching more relatable. I would highly recommend his service to couples as a form of pre-marital (or post) coaching. Thanks for all of your help!
- Harry Yates. 2/13/2019
Bob is a great coach, and the tools he has given us will be invaluable in the future.
- Mr. Lawrence. 11/18/2018
Bob and Diane saved our marriage... the difference between coaching and therapist is a coach will give you the tools and techniques to help fix the problems together... they won't take side and in fact while you are in session Bob encouraged you to speak to your spouse--not him--when confronting challenges.
Additionally, the tools we learned have also applied to our children. Specifically, we are teaching them to solve their own problems WITH each other in a way that is constructive.
I will not tell you the process is easy--in fact, I think it gets worse before it gets better because you will not only tackle what's in front of you but past hurts and mistakes. In other words, you might draw up painful moments that makes the sessions and homework tough... on the positive side, once it is behind you and forgiven, it's behind you.
Thank you Bob and Diane for not giving up on us. When they say they will be the last person to give up--they mean it!
- Jason Seibel. 8/9/2018
Bob was referred to us as one of the best relationship and premarital coaches in the area, and he is! Bob and his wife, Diane, are wonderful mentors for a loving and understanding marriage. They gave us the tools to strengthen our relationship now and for years to come.
- Brad Camp. 4/27/2018
MRCC is the BEST..... We loved how they gave us great tools that helped us build our relationship on a much stronger foundation.
- Bob Ruthazer. 11/18/2017
If you want your marriage to be the best it can be, call Bob Ruthazer. He widely considered the best marriage coach in the Richmond area. I work with couples and when they are a better fit somewhere else due to location, etc, Bob is always first on my list to call. He is also a fantastic facilitator when it comes to teaching couples counseling to other professionals.
- Brian Mayer. 8/19/2017
Exceptional value!! Bob and Dianne did a great job equipping us with helpful tools which helped us work through tough topics. Bob & Dianne's help was invaluable.
- Rasheedah Lee. 3/3/2017
The Coaching technique was VERY EFFECTIVE in helping us with conflict resolution and to "understand' each other after struggling for a long time. This will help us have a long and happy marriage. Bob & Dianne were exceptional coaches.
- Amit Desai. 5/17/2016
Bob & Diane are a great team, balancing each other's strengths nicely. The exercises and homework they provided were informative and helpful. Bob & Diane did a great job of managing time to get through a lot of material...material which we will likely spend the rest of our marriage perfecting! A great start for us.