Premarital counselling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage. Premarital counselling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship — giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. This kind of counseling can also help you identify areas of growth that could become problematic during marriage.
Premarital counselling is often provided by licensed therapists known as Marriage and Family Therapists. These therapists have graduate or postgraduate degrees. Counselling might be offered through religious institutions as well. In fact, some spiritual leaders require premarital counselling before conducting a marriage ceremony.
At Holding Hearts our Marriage and Family Therapists integrate Enrich Couples Program, Gottman and EFT-C to support couples pre-marriage and during the course of their journey as a married couple.
- Dealing with conflict
- Beliefs and values
- Roles in marriage
- Affection and sex
- Desire to have children
- Family relationships
- Dealing with anger
- Time spent together
Premarital counselling helps partners improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage and develop conflict-resolution skills. In addition, premarital counselling can help couples establish a positive attitude about seeking help down the road.
Keep in mind that you bring your own values, opinions and history into a relationship, and they might not always match your partner’s. For example, family systems and religious beliefs vary greatly. Many couples have experienced very different upbringings and have had different role models for relationship and marriage. Many people go into marriage believing it will fulfill their social, financial, sexual and emotional needs — and that’s not always the case. By discussing differences and expectations before marriage, you and your partner can better understand and support each other throughout your marriage.