Premarital Counseling

Posted on May 21, 2012

Before getting married there are several things to talk about with your significant other. How many children do you plan on having? Will you attend Church or have religion be part of your relationship? How will you handle finances? These are not always conversations couples have before getting married.  Discussing these topics in counseling, however, can help solve problems before they happen.  Premarital counseling is a way to set your marriage up for success.  There are some key advantages to attending marriage counseling even before tying the knot.

Individual Attention

A counselor is trained to look at your specific relationship needs.  Some premarital counseling is a packet that is not specific to the couple.  This type of counseling may not look at the specific areas of growth within your partnership.  Looking at areas where you and you fiancé are already strong does not help your relationship.

Preparing for the Future

A counselor is trained to look at problems that may not be on the surface.  Being able to look down the road and discuss potential strains will allow for a smoother marriage.  Through the process of premarital counseling a couple will develop a plan of attack that will keep their marriage strong.  Couples that plan for the future can avoid problems that may tear other couples apart.  The stronger the bond before the marriage the stronger the marriage will be. 

Counselor Specialties

Marriage and family counselors are trained to work with problems specific to couples and marriages. Counselors are trained to help with communication skills, conflict resolution, extended family issues, and other aspects common in relationships.  A counselor can help you and your fiancé talk through some of the harder conversations so that later what can be a small issue does not turn into a big stumbling block. 

Being able to get individualized attention to help you plan for the future with a trained professional is invaluable to your marriage.  Marriage and family therapists can help you and your fiancé build a stronger marriage.  Learning new skills, better communication, answering the tough questions, and learning conflict resolution are some of the benefits of choosing a counselor to help in premarital preparedness. 

 

Written by: Shannon Sievers, MA

Shannon has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and practices in the Indianapolis area.  She specializes in relationship and divorce care, teen issues, and communication skills.  To contact Shannon call (317) 474- 6448 ext 112 or email at Shannon@GroffandAssociates.com

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