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 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

Congratulations on your Engagement! Preparing for a strong and passionate marriage is one of the most important things you’ll ever. Couples are 31% less likely to get divorced if they do pre-marriage training before they marry. 41% of divorced couples say lack of pre-marriage preparation contributed to their divorce. So does pre-marriage counseling work? Absolutely! Let's get started!

— Amelia Mora Mars, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA
 

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 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 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 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, a per-marital therapy program.

— Stephanie Rivera-Velazquez, Therapist

I can assist couples in developing a relationship vision and learning the skills of connection from the start.

— Aviva Chansky Guttmann, Social Worker in Kingston, NY
 

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 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
 

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

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 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

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
 

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
 

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

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
 

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 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
 

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

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 LCSW, Clinical Social Worker in Little Rock, AR
 

I am a certified SYMBIS assessment facilitator.

— Lorren Penner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Campbell, CA

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
 

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