When people think of couples going to counseling sessions together, often what first comes to mind is counseling to help couples who are already having issues or difficulties in their relationships, not couples just contemplating marriage.
When a couple is considering marriage, things are usually going pretty well in the relationship. So, instead of focusing on existing problems, premarital counseling is designed to help couples communicate better with each other, and to learn strategies that can help them head off or deal with difficult situations that are bound to come up in their marriage.
Some of the benefits of premarital counseling include:
- Learning something new about your future spouse. Counseling gives you a safe space to talk about things that may have not come up in your relationship before that may impact your marriage;
- A forum to talk openly about finances. Financial stress comes up in many marriages, and can be exacerbated when each spouse has different spending and savings habits;
- The wisdom and experience of a counselor who may have been in your shoes before, or may have helped other couples facing the same or similar issues;
- An opportunity to improve the way you communicate with each other. Counseling can help you understand how to really listen to what your future spouse is saying, and can give you strategies for how to respond in ways that will strengthen your marriage, not weaken it;
Counseling can help you share your needs, wishes, beliefs and values with your future spouse, strengthening your bond so that your marriage will have the foundation it needs to weather any type of storm.
Contact us for more information about the benefits of premarital counseling.