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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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 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 ,

I am a Prepare/Enrich facilitator and offer this assessment during premarital counseling sessions.

— Krystal Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I use the Prepare Enrich (Certified Facilitator/Trainer) as the foundation to help couples explore their strengths and growth areas in their relationship. I also use Gottman and CBT Techniques to deeping couples understanding of each others world while maintain a healthy sense of individuality. I specialize in interracial/intercultural couples, couples with trauma histories, and couples LGB Couples

— Tiffany Lindley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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

Successful marriage building blocks start at the first date. Relationship Check-Up (of the Gottman Institute, aka Relationship Research) available to clients. Learn your strengths as well as specific habits to be rid of to build your happy ever after based on the research on what makes love last. Gottman trainings taken are described in the Gottman Method section of this profile.

— Shannon Batts, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 Englewood, CO

Certified pre marital counseling facilitator

— Sherita Settles, Counselor in Lithonia, GA

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 ,

I am certified in Prepare-Enrich, a program specifically used to help premarital couples gain a deeper understanding of both the strengths and growth areas in their relationship. From there, I utilize both the Enneagram and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples gain a deeper awareness of themselves and their partners and their conflict patterns. I help couples have the deeper conversations around their dynamics to prepare them for a successful, fulfilling marriage.

— Melinda Olsen, Brainspotting and Enneagram Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

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

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

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

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.

— Jennifer Strom, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Stamford, CT

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

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

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 Burlington, VT