Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that specifically seeks to help couples prepare for marriage. Premarital counseling can help partners work through current conflicts and also help them to identify areas that might cause conflict in the future – things like raising children, sex, careers plans, or finances. By working through these issues, or developing a plan to address them in the future, couples can learn useful communication tools that will serve them well throughout their relationship. Premarital counseling offers a safe space to discuss any and all concerns relating to a relationship and can benefit all couples are contemplating marriage. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified premarital counseling experts today. 

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I apply my learning from the Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy, Collaborative Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy to those couples who are considering marriage and want to feel prepared with a solid foundation of skills and self-knowledge to further their relationship.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

Successful marriage building blocks start at the first date. Relationship Check-Up (of the Gottman Institute, aka Relationship Research) available to clients. Learn your strengths as well as specific habits to be rid of to build your happy ever after based on the research on what makes love last. Gottman trainings taken are described in the Gottman Method section of this profile.

— Shannon Batts, Licensed Professional Counselor

Entering into a relationship with different perspectives about money, an imbalance of finances or the desire to protect both partners’ interests can prompt couples to desire a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Supporting an open and honest dialogue with couples and their counsel allows clients to create a solid foundation and protect their collaborative relationship goals

— Samantha Lavy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Stamford, CT
 

I use the Prepare Enrich (Certified Facilitator/Trainer) as the foundation to help couples explore their strengths and growth areas in their relationship. I also use Gottman and CBT Techniques to deeping couples understanding of each others world while maintain a healthy sense of individuality. I specialize in interracial/intercultural couples, couples with trauma histories, and couples LGB Couples

— Tiffany Lindley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

For those couples who want to make sure they are compatible enough to build a life together can benefit from premarital counseling. It's a great way to speed up the process of getting to know each other. Everyone puts their best foot forward in the first year of dating. We all want to look good. But, life is short! Who wants to spend years getting to know someone, only to get married and discover you are not really compatible because you didn't find out the things that really matter?

— Triva A. Ponder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

We love helping premarital couples build a love that will last! Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy helps premarital couples to develop strong communication and bonds to face life's challenges and seasons together. We can help you tackle important conversations around communication, sex, money, religion/spirituality, parenting, trauma histories, facing medical or financial challenges, building strong relationships with in-laws and other extended family, and developing your family rituals and goals. We will help you build strong conflict resolution and communication skills so no matter what the topic or phase of life, you can feel confident that you know how to communicate in ways that you feel understood, responded to, and deeply cared for.

— Thrive Couple & Family Counseling Services, Counselor in Englewood, CO
 

I love working with couples before they decide to get married. This is a great time to approach couples therapy proactively and work through some of the challenges that the couple will go through throughout their marriage.

— Amanda Woodard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO

Getting married is exciting! Having the tools to make a marraige last can be a bit daunting. Utilizing my training in Prepare and Enrich and Restoration Therapy we can begin to learn ways of communicating that create a unique “Usness”. We can begin to identify roles, expectations, and desires for the marriage.

— Aimee Grimm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA
 

We together identify strength and growth areas, which allows you to learn more about you relationship and provide me with the resources to increase marital satisfaction. Sessions cover topics including: Strength and Growth Areas for the Relationship Resolving Conflict Couples Goals Financial Budgeting

— Ivana Maclay, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have experience working with couples who are in a committed relationship but struggle navigating the tricky hills and valleys of long-term relationships. Often couples display a deep love for one another but struggle to get to the altar because of 3 reasons: pre family trauma, fear and unforgiveness. I use a curriculum to help couples learn better communication, rules of intimacy, and how to simply get along. The goal is to help couples make an informed decision for their future.

— Tamara Mosley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Aubrey, TX
 

Entering into a relationship with different perspectives about money, an imbalance of finances or the desire to protect both partners’ interests can prompt couples to desire a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Supporting an open and honest dialogue with couples and their counsel allows clients to create a solid foundation and protect their collaborative relationship goals

— Samantha Lavy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Stamford, CT

Most couples do not have the necessary skills and discussions before getting married. The good news is most issues in a marriage are preventable if given helpful tools in the beginning of the relationship.

— Jodie Shea, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Menifee, CA
 

Marriage and commitment is an investment. So why not start your commitment off from a strong point and do some pre-commitment work? Premarital therapy is my jam, and I love when couples come in to have a few sessions prior to taking the plunge. Society often views the wedding as the end goal, however it is just the beginning of a life-long love with ups and downs. In premarital counseling, I help identify current negative interaction patterns which may be getting in the way of communication, as well as identify possible triggers which will pop up here and there throughout the relationship. By establishing a deeper understanding of one another, couples can help support one another during tough times, as well as create a foundation for conflict resolution.

— Miranda Bayard-Clark, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I am a certified Prepare Enrich trainer and facilitator to help those dating or engaged. We will cover various aspects of healthy relationships and explore your strengths and areas of growth.

— Rachel Butler Dorneanu, Associate Professional Counselor in Alpharetta, GA
 

Premarital counseling reduces divorce rates by about 33%. I offer premarital counseling using the SYMBIS questionnaire, which helps to highlight the major areas that couples often neglect to talk about. Both partners will answer separate questionnaires, which will then send me a detailed report about your expectations about finances, in laws, roles and much more. We will then spend three, 90 minute sessions delving deep to work out the kinks and to give you tools to take forward into marriage.

— Pashmina Rashad, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poughkeepsie, NY

We will examine the issues as couples prepare to embark upon marriage. These issues include but are not limited to sex, in-laws, church, children, and of course money. We will also examine the role of marriage in the society of today.

— Bradley Palmer, Counselor in Greensburg,, KY
 

Creating a solid couple relationship takes energy, time, effort, and skill. New love is magical, the lifelong part takes work. I work with new couples and help them explore the myths of communication, love, and understanding to help you create a solid foundation on which to build your own ‘happily ever after’ with the skills to navigate conflict and use it to foster your growth and connection. Our premarital / new couple work may include the PREPARE assessment.

— JoEllen Lange, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Paul, MN