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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Much of my work and experience with couples up until now has focused on a diverse population of young couples (20 and 30-somethings) seeking counseling prior to marriage. I use a Relational-Cultural approach that helps each partner gain insight into the impact of their intersecting identities and past experiences on their current relationship, as well as a Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach that provides effective strategies and tools to create and maintain healthy relationships.

— Courtney Shen DeShetler, Psychologist in ,
 

Premarital Therapy is a pivotal investment with personal and relationship benefits that will last far beyond your wedding day. I provide engaged and dating couples with essential relationship tools that will be important to your marriage. Our time together is customized to your unique relationship needs and my training as a Prepare-Enrich Facilitator provides you with additional relationship exercises and resources to gain the most from our time together.

— Afton Strate, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

Premarital counseling can help you, as a couple, prepare your relationship for marriage. In premarital counseling I work with clients to improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage, and develop conflict-resolution skills.

— Ania Scanlan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, MN

I am certified in Prepare/Enrich facilitation for premarital counseling which allows couples to identify strengths in shared values and beliefs and also identifying possible challenge areas for growth.

— Vickie Wagner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA
 

Premarital counseling is a way to invest in the long-term health of your relationship, beyond the wedding day. It looks at issues such as communication, conflict resolution, finances, sexual intimacy, and extended family relationships. Prepare-Enrich is a questionnaire I use to get started with you, which helps highlight your strengths and growth areas as a couple. From there, we work on the unique needs in your relationship, in order to experience deeper closeness and connection.

— Dana Frederick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Marietta, GA

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 Huntington Beach, CA

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.

— Joseph Suchanic, Marriage & Family Therapist in Missoula, MT

I am a certified facilitator of PREPARE-ENRICH Premarital Counseling. I love when couples make the decision to use this counseling to strengthen their relationship.

— Monique LCSW, Clinical Social Worker in Little Rock, AR
 

You are in love and that's a beautiful thing. But what do you really know about the one you love? Premarital counseling is where you get to ask the important questions in the safety of the therapist's office. In that space there is support and security to ask the tough questions about each other's past and future dreams. It's the place to create your future together, with clear eyes, free of illusions. Premarital counseling is the construction site for the foundation of your life together.

— Cynthia Odell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mt. Lakes, NJ

Premarital counseling help dating, engaged and newly married couples create strong, satisfying and sustainable marriages. The Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts Assessment (SYMBIS) explores a full range of issues – from relatively simple and static dimensions such as longevity of the relationship, critical skill-sets such as communication, and all of the complexities of joining two sets of personality dynamics.

— Lisa M. Clark, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chandler, AZ
 

I have gathered many materials over the years that have produced a really great pre-marital course for those who are wanting to strengthen their relationship for a successful and happy marriage.

— Leah Webster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Waynesville, NC

Trained in SYMBIS - Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

— Roberta Wasserman, Therapist in Severna Park, MD
 

You are in love and that's a beautiful thing. But what do you really know about the one you love? Premarital counseling is where you get to ask the important questions in the safety of the therapist's office. In that space there is support and security to ask the tough questions about each other's past and future dreams. It's the place to create your future together, with clear eyes, free of illusions. Premarital counseling is the construction site for the foundation of your life together.

— Cynthia Odell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mt. Lakes, NJ

When couples determine they are ready for greater commitment or marriage, there are many decisions to be made. Who will do what chores in the home, will there be children, how do you raise them, how to blend two families, creating boundaries from in laws, who will do the bills, will you have separate bank accounts, how do you initiate sexual behavior, how to communicate without fighting and many other topics. We will work all of these out and more, and even create written guidelines.

— Elissa Grunblatt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amityville, NY
 

Much of my work and experience with couples up until now has focused on a diverse population of young couples (20 and 30-somethings) seeking counseling prior to marriage. I use a Relational-Cultural approach that helps each partner gain insight into the impact of their intersecting identities and past experiences on their current relationship, as well as a Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach that provides effective strategies and tools to create and maintain healthy relationships.

— Courtney Shen DeShetler, Psychologist in ,

I am trained in Prepare Enrich program. It's a 30 years research based assessment tool that used for premarital counseling. I also did it as client myself.

— Michelle Chia Ning Chang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Emeryville, CA
 

I am a certified SYMBIS assessment facilitator.

— Lorren Penner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Premarital counseling can help you, as a couple, improve your relationship before marriage. Premarital counseling helps you improve your ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage, and develop conflict-resolution skills. It can also help you establish a positive attitude about seeking help down the road. I support couples in paving their way to a fulfilling marriage.

— Ania Scanlan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, MN
 

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

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
 

Having seen so many couples come to therapy after years of struggles, such as angry conflict or lack of connection or mis-matched values, beliefs or desires, has made me an advocate of premarital counseling. Many couples get together for the wrong reasons and discover that belatedly. Things such as desire to have children, religious differences, dreams for the future need to be shared. Premarital counseling is scary, but a very useful way to head problems off at the pass.

— Esther Lerman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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
 

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 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 Greenwood Village, CO