Couples often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding, but may neglect preparation for the actual change in their relationship. Premarital counseling is designed primarily as an experience to enhance and enrich growing relationships and secondarily to treat troubled ones.
The goal of premarital counseling is to decrease the gap between expectations and reality in a marriage relationship. Issues that may be sensitive and or potentially troubling can be discussed in the context of therapy. More realistic expectations in early marriage lead to a more fulfilling and stable marital relationship.
Goals of Premarital Counseling
• Understand Differences
• Understand Similarities
• Develop Realistic Expectations
• Improve Communication
• Develop Problem Solving Tools
• Address Sensitive Topics
Issues Discussed in Premarital Counseling
• Emotional Intimacy
• Affection & Sex
• Companionship & Shared Activities
• Money & Finances
• Religion & Values
• Children & Discipline
• Parents & In-laws
• Role Orientation
• Friends & Socialization
• Personality Issues
• Communication & Problem Solving
• Stress Management
While in general it is true that opposites attract, research tells us that the more similar social and demographic factors are for the premarital couple, the higher the marital quality. Even similarity of personal and emotional premarital resources and life experiences, have been demonstrated as predictive of quality and stability in marriage.
Premarital counseling varies in number of sessions by the complexity of the relationship. When it is a first marriage and the similarities are many, five or six sessions is likely enough. The more differences or complicating factors, like children, exes, and faith differences, the greater the number of counseling sessions needed. (top)
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