Premarital Counseling Can Help You Build a Successful Relationship
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
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.
How can you 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 newly wed, 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.
Of course, these sessions can be useful for any couple—including 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 specialized services for same sex couples. If you are dating a same sex partner, read our tips for successful LGBTQ dating.
What about stepfamilies and merged families?
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 in second marriages and blended families can help you avoid common pitfalls of these relationships.
You may think that you and your partner have talked about everything, but have you discussed what 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.
Try a Few 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.