Too often couples get so tangled up in spending time planning the perfect wedding, that they fail to address issues that would serve as a foundation of their marriage later on. One way couples can do this is by actively thinking about issues they need to discuss before marriage and then spending time to work through them together.
Premarital counseling helps couples to better prepare for the demands of marriage. Within the context of a supportive environment, you will learn to communicate more effectively and get the chance to explore topics you might otherwise find difficult to discuss. Counseling is provided with the aim of helping couples have strong and healthy relationships, thereby giving them a greater chance of enjoying a stable as well as satisfying marriage.
Through this counseling, couples are advised to discuss numerous topics, including the following:
- Communication skills
- Finances and money management
- Intimacy, affection and sex
- Expectations, beliefs and values
- Decision making and conflict resolution
- Dealing with anger and emotions
- Roles in marriage
- Children and parenting
Getting premarital counseling is a great way for partners to enhance their ability to communicate and establish realistic expectations from one another. It’s also an excellent way to develop conflict-resolution skills. It is important to not forget the fact that when each individual brings his/her opinions, values or history into a particular relationship, they do not always match with their partner’s. Often times, people get married believing that it will fulfill their emotional, financial, social, and sexual needs – and it does not turn out as they had expected. When differences and expectations are discussed before marriage, the couple can develop ways to understand as well as support each other after they are married.
Give your marriage the tools to succeed, contact me today to learn more about how this 6-week Prepare-Enrich Premarital Counseling course can help enrich your relationship and build and nurture a healthy foundation for marriage.
*Also suitable for couples in their first year of marriage.