Congratulations! If you are looking at our pre-marital counseling services, you must be getting married soon.
Perhaps you are approaching this next step in life with both excitement and fear. Getting married is a happy occasion. But, most couples also recognize the significance of entering into a marriage commitment. Many couples are rightly concerned about the statistics on divorce, as approximately 40-50% of marriages do not last for a lifetime.
You and your fiancé may be asking each other some important relationship questions: How do we build a marriage that lasts? What can we do to be happily married for years to come? Are there steps we can take to avoid future problems?
Many Couples Have Happy Marriages
It’s true. Marriage can be a wonderful thing. Despite the high divorce rate in the United States, many couples have happy and fulfilling marriages that last a lifetime.
Couples in happy marriages display several similarities. They hold a high commitment to the marriage and to each other. They spend time enjoying one another’s company, but also maintain a level of independence. Happy marriages don’t avoid conflict, but rather engage conflict, with the purpose of finding mutually satisfying solutions.
And one more thing. Many couples in healthy marriages went to pre-marital counseling. Couples who go through pre-marital relationship counseling are less likely to get divorced and more likely to be satisfied with their relationship. They are more likely to have a happy marriage for years to come. If you are looking for good marriage advice, this is the best we can give you – invest in your relationship through pre-marital counseling, and you will be so thankful you did.
Build a Strong Foundation through Couples Therapy
Many couples who are about to get married want marriage guidance and advice for newlyweds. Pre-marital counseling is for any couple who wants to build a strong foundation for their marriage.
Your relationship does not have to be in distress for you to seek out a marriage and family therapist who provides counseling for couples. Many couples choose to go through marriage guidance counseling to identify potential future problems and build a healthy foundation for their relationship. To this end, pre-marital counseling often includes discussions on the following topics.
- Family history, personal problems, past relationships, and other life situations that could have an impact on the marriage relationship.
- How you will handle finances, household chores, parenting, schedules, and other practical matters.
- Your expectations for one another. How much time will you spend together? Who will do the dishes? Where will you spend the holidays?
- Potential problems that may come up in the future based on your current knowledge of the relationship and your individual beliefs and tendencies.
- How you will seek help in the future through marriage counseling, family counseling, or individual counseling if problems arise.
We Offer Evidence-Based Premarital Counseling
Our counseling methods can help you build the marriage you want. Our counseling practice uses Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in our pre-marital therapy sessions. Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short-term therapy model that has been proven effective in helping distressed couples. It is also beneficial in helping couples prevent future problems. For most couples, we recommend that they attend five sessions of premarital therapy before getting married.
Through your EFT sessions, you will learn the importance of emotionally bonding with your spouse and how to do this on a daily basis. We will talk about how you can genuinely accept one another as well as meet each other’s needs. We will discuss various marriage tips, including how to communicate, how to address intimacy struggles, and how to work through conflict. Couples who go through pre-marital counseling can confidently anticipate their wedding day, knowing they are doing everything they can to prepare for a healthy relationship.
Investing in Your Relationship Is Worth It
Many couples are unsure if pre-marital counseling is necessary, especially when their relationship is currently a happy one. It’s hard to imagine that you could ever run into problems down the road when you are so happy and content with the way things are now. Because of this, many couples balk at the thought of investing so much time, money, and energy into pre-marital counseling.
For many couples, this hesitation is a mistake. Research supports the effectiveness of pre-marital counseling. One study found that “the average person who participated in a premarital prevention program was significantly better off afterwards than 79% of people who did not participate.” Perhaps you have heard it said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is truly the case when it comes to pre-marital counseling. Invest in your relationship now, and you will not regret it.
Contact Us Today
We are dedicated to helping couples build strong and lasting relationships. If you think we would be a good fit for your needs, please do not hesitate to call us today at 928-420-8300. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our approach to pre-marital counseling and how we might help you and your future spouse.
If you have any fears or concerns about marriage or couples counseling, we encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Making an appointment is easy–you can call the Prescott Relationship Center at 928-420-8300. After all, if not now, when?Make sure to ask about our discounts for active duty military, veteran and full-time teachers in need.