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. 

Meet the specialists

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 ,

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 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 , CA

Creating a solid couple relationship takes energy, time, effort, and skill. The first love is magical, and 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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Paul, MN

I am certified to administer and guide clients through Prepare/Enrich; a well known assessment allowing couples to identify their strengths and weakness within their relationship. Dependent on the outcomes of the assessment, clients and I establish various therapy goals and engage in appropriate exercises to achieve these goals.

— Brittany Squillace, Marriage & Family Therapist in Prior Lake, MN

Getting married is a wonderful, exciting, and BIG step. I love working with engaged clients to strengthen their bond, and discuss important issues before they are married. I think it is important to work through issues about money, family, and expectations, in order to start the marriage out on the right foot. Marriage is very hard, but discussing important issues before the big day may help lessen some of the initial shock.

— Christine Foster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I offer workshops,classes, and retreats for couples that are engaged and planning to marry. Individual sessions are also offered. We explore family of origin, communication, personality traits, roles, expectations, values, beliefs, finances, sex, planning a family, coping with the in-laws and much more. Both traditional and Christian framework are offered. Services available to churches.

— Cathy Armstrong, Counselor in Corpus Christi, TX

I deeply value giving people the knowledge and skills to be proactive in the start of their relationship together. And, I've taught premarital class for over 13 years integrating the best relationship skills and science. If you are interested in premarital counseling you are very wise! This is just the beginning and your investment early on will pay huge dividends.

— John Loppnow, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in La Canada, CA

I use the Prepare-Enrich assessment as a tool to help us determine the strength and growth areas for your partnership. This information will inform our discussions about typical challenges married couples have. I will provide tools to navigate life challenges together as a team and help you to practice them. Premarital counseling generally takes between six and ten sessions.

— Nicole Ruttenberg, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreline, WA

Few things in life are more exciting than finding your partner and planning your future together. One of the most important steps in achieving that future is ensuring you have a solid foundation, which is why I am a big encourager of premarital counseling. Some things we'll cover: Conflict styles Family Background/In-laws Finances Intimacy And more.

— Lauren Spencer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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