Did you just get engaged? Are you and your partner looking to take your relationship to the next level?
When you’re considering marriage, deciding on your honeymoon or figuring out where you want to live are among the first things you start to plan. Pre-marital counseling might be last on your list, if it’s there at all. While it’s not an engagement topic that’s very fun or romantic, pre-marital counseling can set your marriage up to succeed and survive long-term, in spite of the odds.
Pre-marital counseling can help you and your significant other improve your relationship by helping you develop better communication skills, learn conflict management, uncover your shared core values as well as identify differences that could create future conflict. Working with a therapist, you can discuss expectations with your partner that will help better prepare both of you for marriage.
Common concerns addressed in Pre-Marital Counseling:
- Recurring arguments that don’t get resolved
- Feeling like you’re always the one who has to compromise to keep the peace
- Concerns about how your partner’s financial situation will affect you as a married couple
- Worries about losing affection or having a diminished sex life after marriage
- Seeking to healthier ways to resolve conflict
- Religious or financial differences between partners
- Defining your marital roles and expectations
How we can help:
The intimate nature of marriage requires that you talk to your partner about everything, no matter how awkward or uncomfortable. Premarital counseling will help you learn how to be a better listener, and how to make your voice and needs heard in a productive and positive manner.
Pre-marital counseling will also show you how to handle conflict in your marriage. Whether you are arguing about something mundane or more serious, how you argue is key to your success as a couple. Learning how to de-escalate arguments and fight fairly can prevent emotional pain from saying things that you’ll never be able to take back.
With pre-marital counseling, you will have the opportunity to examine recurring issues with the fresh perspective of an objective third party, as well as explore topics you hadn’t considered before. This is also an excellent time for us to find unexpected areas where you disagree, and give you the tools to handle possible future conflict.
Getting married is one of life’s most treasured experiences. Pre-marital counseling can help you and your partner turn that momentous occasion into a loving, lasting relationship.