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

— Krystal Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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 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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Corpus Christi, TX

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

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 ,

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

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 Wilmington, NC

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 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

If you are newly engaged, congratulations! We are excited to celebrate with you and help to equip you for the adventure ahead. Counseling as you transition into marriage is one of my core specialities. So much is invested into the wedding day – it only makes sense to invest in the relationship. Together, we will address foundational issues to build a union that lasts long after you say “I do.”

— Sarah Hubbell, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

When you say yes, you are saying yes to more than the wedding! While the wedding planning can be both fun and stressful, I can help you prepare for the marriage to come after! You and your partner can learn the best ways of connecting and communicating, to avoid potentials pitfalls, and know how to get through the tough seasons together.

— Alisha Sweyd, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacific Grove, CA

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

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, 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 am endorsed in the Prepare Enrich curriculum that helps couples assess various aspects of their relationship. In this assessment, we find areas where couples are thriving and identify areas of growth. We will take 6-10 weeks to explore ways to communicate, plan and invest in your future.

— Macee Whatley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Longview, WA

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