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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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

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
 

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 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, Therapist in Roseville, MN

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
 

Ready to get married? Before you tie the knot, make sure you have talked about all the important things that make up a marriage.

— Larry Baumgartner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Trinity, FL

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 Randle, Clinical Social Worker in Hot Springs, AR
 

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

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, Therapist in Roseville, MN

Premarital counseling is a great idea because, if you're committing to each other for the rest of your lives, issues WILL come up. They do for all of us! Premarital counseling is a way to build a foundation for success and to make the process of couples counseling more approachable, so that when and if you need it, you already have it established. Instead of a scary "do you think we should try couples counseling?" conversation when things are hard, you can just say "let's go talk to PK".

— PK Ponti-Foss, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

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

Doing premarital counseling is sometimes very difficult and scary and can be exciting as well! My training is in marriage and family therapy, and so I help you look at the entirety of your lives systemically. Combining two existences into one is complex. I can help you navigate the roller coaster.

— Molly Johnson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ
 

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 Portland, OR

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
 

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