Be Married

Durham, NC

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About this pro

As the pastor of an outdoor church, I have officiated many weddings in both traditional and unique settings. It is my pleasure to coach and lead couples through this exciting season.

I regularly counsel and coach individuals, couples, and small groups as a Life Coach and Marriage Counselor.

I also serve clients of individuals and groups as an athletic coach, primarily running.

Location

Durham, NC 27707

Background check

Complete

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Karema B. Nov 2, 2015
    Marriage and Relationship Counseling
    Verified Review
    George is great! George is easy to talk to and he's an excellent listener. My partner and I received great advice during our first session.
  • Barbara L. Sep 22, 2015
    George can assess how people are feeling by listening carefully to the things they say and don’t say. He makes suggestions for actions they can try to enrich their spiritual life, their personal life and their athletic life. He has performed many meaningful weddings and a funeral. He reminds me to turn back to God and ask for help when I am trying to solve problems on my own. As I wrestle with how much to reveal in my own writing, some lines from one of his poems, “Voices,” in his book, Border Ways, helps me keep going. "You too have a voice/Somewhere there is an audience/ That needs your story."
  • Caitlin F. Sep 12, 2015
    When we began to plan our wedding ceremony, I knew there was no one I would rather have officiant than George Linney. He helped us through every step; from customizing the ceremony to fit our unique personalities, helping to quickly get our entire wedding party thorough the rehearsal (and making sure I felt comfortable and prepared for the next day), to making sure our ceremony was incredibly personal. George made sure that me and my husband felt comfortable and prepared for the day. We had his support from the moment we asked him to be our officiant through to our wedding day. Even now, we take comfort knowing that he is still around for counseling and support if we need him. We highly recommend George for your wedding.
  • Jay S. Sep 1, 2015
    "George Linney is a talented coach and a master motivator. He brings to each workout a specific plan of action and is able to articulate to his runners the importance of each element of the workout. Workouts are carefully choreographed to achieve results. Even the recovery periods are carefully scripted to maximize performance. George brings to his runners the total package: workouts, drills, total body exercises, mental preparation, race tactics and strategy. He has the intangible ability to motivate runners under his tutelage - to inspire them to achieve more than they thought possible." Jay
  • Tim R. Sep 1, 2015
    George has numerous strengths as a running coach. His strong motivational skills and optimistic outlook have inspired runners of all ages and abilities to keep running and believe in their own potential. From a more technical perspective, George has a deep knowledge of effective speed and endurance workouts......and decades of his own running experience to draw upon. All of these things are tremendous assets to any runner who wants to improve, meet a goal, get faster, and reach the next level.
  • Valerie R. Aug 29, 2015
    Rev Linney officiated our wedding in San Francisco, CA. He also provided pre-marital counseling sessions. I didn't know what to expect with the counseling sessions. My only thought was that they would probably feel a little forced. That was not the case at all. They were real, genuine, and helped my (now) husband and I pull everything together in terms of things we had talked about, and things we had just implicitly thought. I enjoyed the counseling sessions, and also how Rev Linney officiated our wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony, and our families just loved meeting him and getting to know him. Since the wedding (we've almost been married 2 years), we've had a couple counseling sessions with Rev Linney. Not because things were "wrong," but because we are new to this marriage thing and just wanted to talk with someone about where we are. They were great sessions and Rev Linney provided a listening ear and wonderful perspective. I would recommend Rev Linney for counseling and wedding officiating.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We get to know one another and customize the coaching and counseling needed to meet specific goals. I believe in incremental and measurable growth. A little bit of growth in your relationship will set you up for years of future success.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters degree from Duke University (2006). I am a licensed and ordained minister in the Ecumenical Church since 2008.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Typically one on one work or work with couples is $60 per hour.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Coaching couples and officiating weddings came naturally as part of the training for ministry that I was a part of from 2002-2006. Over the years the coaching and officiating have been my most cherished aspects of work so I have sought them out on a full-time basis.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with couples from ages 20-60 of all backgrounds. I have worked with those preparing for marriage, discerning the possibility of dating or marriage. I have worked with happily married couple and those discerning separation.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I officiated a wedding a couple several years ago and a year after the ceremony the couple reached out to me for three Facetime coaching sessions since we were 3,000 miles apart. We met over the course of two months and I knew they were in for a lifetime of happiness simply because they had taken the initiative to have a check-in for their relationship prior to any major issues arising. It was very encouraging.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that your coach is a good listener and is encouraging. Assess yourself as you are leaving sessions and over the coming days if you are calmer than before you met for work. This is an important sign of good chemistry.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What are your specific goals? What kind of relationship would you like to have and how is it different from the expectations that others have for you? While kindness seems simple, what are the easy things you can change about yourself in order to be more kind to your partner?