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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A study in the Journal of Family Psychology found that couples who participate in premarital counseling are 31% less likely to divorce. I help couples prepare for this lifelong commitment by providing a safe space to share and understand each other’s values, needs, and desires for the relationship.

— Lexi Berard, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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 work with couples who want to address any current issues and work towards gaining skills that will help them in the future.

— Victoria Grutz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I am certified in Prepare / Enrich and have worked with many couples before they got married to talk through some of the strengths and growth areas of their relationships.

— Laurie Carmichael, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Marino, CA

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

As a specialized type of therapy, premarital counseling benefits couples considering marriage. Unlike couples therapy—which usually takes place when there’s a problem—premarital counseling is about learning ways to prevent conflict and issues from escalating. This form of therapy can help to ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship, giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage.

— Rachel Wachtel, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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

This is not your grandmother’s premarital counseling. The purpose isn’t to get permission from a religious leader or fix a broken relationship before it’s too late. This premarital counseling is for people who have a solid relationship and want to start their life together with healthy communication. Yes, there’s talk about the usual stuff. You’ll also get a chance to talk about topics that don’t come up naturally. Every couple is unique, and all relationship statuses and shapes are welcome.

— Dr. Amy Hsiung, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

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

Contrary to common belief, you don't need to have "issues" as a couple to seek pre-marital, pre-commitment, moving in together, getting a dog, up-leveling your relationship, etc. counseling. The whole point of these sessions is to create a forum to explore your strengths as a unit. As you are 2 separate people, at some point you are going to have different opinions about important things and how you handle disagreement will be a way to create deeper intimacy between you.

— Randi Kofsky, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

I am a certified SYMBIS assessment facilitator and can work with you and your fiancé to build a stronger foundation for your marriage. After each of you completes an online questionnaire I will meet with you for a series of weeks to review your results and dig deeper into what they mean for your marriage. Doing this work now can help ease the transition from fiancé to spouse by providing a framework for you to think about what marriage means to you both and how you expect yours to be.

— Lorren Siu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

Specializing in couples, I have most experience with those who are considering engagement or preparing for marriage. Common themes come up including alignment on future goals, finding work life balance, learning about stress management, exploring habits for relationship maintenance, collaborating on sexual differences, building emotional intimacy and improving conflict styles. I've helped many couples successfully build a lasting foundation in this important preparation phase of partnership.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

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

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

Few things in life are more exciting than finding your partner and planning your future together. One of the most important steps in achieving that future is ensuring you have a solid foundation, which is why I am a big encourager of premarital counseling. Some things we'll cover: Conflict styles Family Background/In-laws Finances Intimacy And more.

— Lauren Spencer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Gig Harbor, WA