Premarital Counseling Can Help You Build A Successful Relationship

Couples Counseling Associates
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Why premarital counseling? More and more couples are trying to figure out how to prevent divorce. Premarital counseling and relationship education are associated with higher levels of relationship satisfaction, lower levels of destructive conflicts and higher levels of interpersonal commitment to spouses.

Research shows that with a few hours of relationship education or counseling, couples can reduce the risk of divorce by 30%.

If you are contemplating marriage or commitment, counseling focused on your relationship may be for you. If you are dating a same sex partner, this type of counseling can be helpful for you too.

The transition to marriage can be a challenge for some couples. What are the differences between couples who succeed and couples who do not?

What does a typical session or premarital counseling cover?

Premarital counseling meetings can help

  • Build a solid relationship
  • Strengthen effective communication skills
  • Manage conflicts
  • Create rituals of connections

These skills can be learned

Additionally, premarital counseling sessions can cover:

  • Questions you need to ask before you say "I Do"
  • Relationship stages
  • Communication issues
  • Financial management 
  • Role responsibility and accountability 
  • Fair fighting techniques
  • Maintaining physical affection and sexuality

Attending a few sessions with an experienced couples counselor can help you answer questions.

Click here to hear the Founder of CCA on WGN Radio discussing how to prepare for marriage.

Relationships can be challenging in today's complex world. Investing some time with a trained expert to acquire skills for intimacy and good communication can help to ensure a solid couple relationship right from the start.

If you are newlywed, you may want to read some tips on how to keep your relationship strong.

A few sessions of with a well trained couples counselor focused on your particular situation can significantly ease the transition to the next step in your relationship. The skills acquired during the process can help your relationship weather the storms that inevitably occur. Couples attend individualized sessions, tailored to their needs and styles.

These sessions can be useful for same sex couples who are preparing for a commitment ceremony or who simply want to improve their relationship and grow old together. Don't hesitate to call and ask questions about our services for same sex couples.

If you are dating a same sex partner, read our tips for successful LGBTQ dating.

A few sessions of counseling  can be helpful prior to a second marriage or to prepare to blend families. Second marriages need support and help. A professional counselor with experience helping second marriages and blended families can help you avoid the pitfalls that could damage the relationship from the start.

You may think that you and your partner have talked about everything...but have you discussed the issues that will make your marriage work? Examine the questions you and your partner should answer before you say "I do." Research shows that relationship education reduces the risk of separation and divorce by up to 30%. You and your partner may want to seriously consider it to help you out with a great start.

Many couples wait until the relationship is off track before they seek help 

Couples Therapy Exercises 

Couples therapy exercises are suited for couples in any stage or relationship, including couples in the early years of commitment who are married, planning to marry, or living together; for couples having a child; and for couples forming step families. If you are not ready to meet in person with a couples counselor or if you are not in the Chicago area, consider doing these exercises or to take this relationship quiz.

More Resources for You and Your Partner


In our efforts to bring value to your life, or if you are not in the Chicago area, Couples Counseling Associates has developed a series of lessons that could have a major impact on effectively improving your relationship. We encourage you to dive into the series and discover how these resources can benefit you and your partner.

Remember, it's the positive habits we develop that guarantee us success in all areas of our lives. Discover the seven healthy habits that improve relationships or get in touch with us to learn more about Couples Counseling Associates.

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 Associated Therapists

Sara Schwarzbaum


Founder, Couples Counseling Associates

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312-416-6191 ext. 202

Liz Garvey



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Linda Lazzara


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Arlington Heights Il 60005


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Michael Villarreal:

773 789-9775

Associated Therapist Giulia Casani MA,LMFT

500 North Michigan ave - Suite 600 Chicago, Il 60611
Phone 773 580 0152

Associated Threapist

Kate Engler, LMFT, LPC 

10024 Skokie, Blvd. Suite 207Skokie, IL 60077(224) 233 - 1036 ext. 418 (office)(844) 546 - 6642 (mobile - PLEASE NOTE: this number does not accept text messages)

All the mental health professionals practicing at 737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2130, Chicago, IL 60611 or any other locations, are individually licensed by the State of Illinois and practice independently and separately. They have no legal relationship to the practices of each other and do not incur in liability for services of one another or to Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum.