Premarital counseling can help you, as a couple, improve your relationship before marriage. Premarital counseling helps you improve your ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage, and develop conflict-resolution skills. It can also help you establish a positive attitude about seeking help down the road.
During counseling sessions, you and your partner will be encouraged to discuss topics related to marriage, such as:
– Beliefs and values
– Roles in marriage
– Affection and sex
– Desire to have children
– Family relationships
– Dealing with anger
– Time spent together
You bring your own values, opinions, and history into a relationship, and these are often different from your partner’s. By discussing differences and expectations before marriage, you and your partner can better understand and support each other during marriage.
If you choose, you and your partner can complete the Prepare/Enrich assessment, which will then serve as the jumping-off point for your premarital counseling sessions. The assessment is not required for premarital counseling.
Prepare/Enrich isn’t just for premarital couples anymore. P/E, the widely researched assessment questionnaire used to help couples clearly see where their strengths lie and what areas have room to grow, is now available for couples in different phases of their lives:
- P/E Check-up
- Parenting, and
- Pre-adoption/foster families
The main areas assessed by the P/E questionnaire are:
- Relationship satisfaction
- Relationship dynamics
- Commitment and abuse
- Stress, and
- Couple and family closeness and flexibility
Preparing for a life together and want to find out how Prepare/Enrich can help? Or, you’ve been in a relationship for a while, and your relationship needs a check-up? Schedule an appointment with me to get started.