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 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 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

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
 

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

Prior to getting married is an optimal time to start learning about myself and my future spouse!

— Bethany Schaefer, LPC Intern Supervised by Leah McDill, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Round Rock, TX

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 ,
 

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

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
 

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

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 is a specialty at AVL Couples Therapy. If you’re a newly engaged couple, you will receive support and guidance as you move toward a deeper level of commitment with your partner. With Premarital Counseling you two can build a strong foundation for continued relationship success.

— Cindy Norton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Asheville, NC

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
 

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

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 a certified SYMBIS assessment facilitator.

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

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
 

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

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
 

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 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