Orange County Counseling Services

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Our Passion: To create “Lifemates”: couples who keep the WOW in their vow!

Our Purpose: To grow closer to the Lord and to each other and to encourage other couples to do the same!

Our Practice: To utilize multi-faceted methods to encourage personal and relational growth!

Counseling Services


Premarital Counseling

We want to help you anticipate your married life together as well. We have a six week program that will get you and your fiancée interacting around important topics that will impact your marriage.

Couples Counseling

Is your marriage suffering from communication breakdowns or cycles of blame and hostility? Are you not connecting the way you feel like you should? Janet Congo can help you walk through these challenges!

Individual Counseling

Sometimes your spouse is not willing to accompany you to therapy. Or maybe you find yourself recovering from a broken relationship, newly single or never married, we can help you take the next step.

Why Choose Us

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Years of experience

For the last 35 years Janet Congo has dedicated herself to helping married couples “Keep the WOW in their VOW!” ….. Helping couples Welcome Other’s World!

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Conferences & Seminars

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Janet is one of the co-founders of e-Lifemates, an International Marriage Ministry.

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Couples helped

Janet and her husband, Dr. David Congo, have co-authored 10 books on relationships. Their book “LifeMates: A Lover’s Guide for a Lifetime Relationship” won the silver medallion book award.



Vibrant, dynamic, and clearly in love, David and Janet Congo provide a unique and entertaining presentation that helps couples discover the ‘powerful love’ that is fundamental to all enduring relationships.
Dr. Stephen Covey, (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) and Roger and Rebecca Merrill (LifeMatters)
It has been my opportunity to work with some special individuals over the years. These are people whose lives are consistent with what they teach and say. Dave and Jan Congo are two of those people who reflect in their own marriage what they share.
H. Norman Wright, Marriage Counselor and Author
So much of what we provide in the church takes couples in separate directions. LifeMates provides an opportunity to serve and be ministered to as a couple. We have personally benefited.
Doug Slaybaugh, former Director of Saddleback Seminars
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What do you think of when considering marriage counseling?

I hope your focus is not on getting your partner to change.

If you choose to sit with me, we will not be focused in that direction. We won’t be working on a marriage.

We will be focused on the two individuals in the marriage and how each of them can face ways that they are not bringing their best self to their partner.

We will lean into relational health. We will do individual work in the presence of the other. When your therapy is complete you will be proud of how you communicate and who you are because you will be bringing your best self to the other in spite of what your partner chooses. That is all we have control over.

When each partner is proud of their style of relating, the marriage thrives.


You love each other. You just want a tune up because it seems as if the life has taken over and you want to find each other again.

Either of you need to separate emotionally from your family of origin. Then you need to redefine what your relationship with parents will be now that you are a married couple.

You want to build intimacy while at the same time supporting each other’s autonomy. These issues show up over and over again in a marriage and yet particularly at the beginning, at midlife and at retirement.

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