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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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

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 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

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

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

— Krystal Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Premarital counseling is a time to build a strong foundation for your relationship as you learn about each other's expectations for your new life together. During your time in premarital counseling, you and your partner will be able to learn about key relationship areas such as: managing conflict, increasing communication skills, sex and intimacy, relationship roles, expectations, financial goals, and managing differences. Learn how to avoid potential problem areas in the future.

— Priscilla Rodriguez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

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

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 Menifee, CA

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

Trained in SYMBIS - Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

— Roberta Wasserman, Therapist in Severna Park, MD

I am a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator an evidenced based assessment used for providing premarital counseling and relationship strengthening insight for couples. To learn more, please visit:

— Eva-mae Emmerich, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

As a Prepare and Enrich facilitator, I greatly enjoy working with couples seeking premarital counseling. Providing a safe, supportive, and structured environment allows for curious exploration of important topics that may otherwise not be addressed. I believe learning practical tools and exercises usually strengthen the relationship.

— Karen Touboul Futerman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist