I'm an advocate for premarital counseling.
And here's why.
The benefit of premarital counseling is way worth the investment of time and money.
What's the benefit?
A happy and healthy marriage!
What is premarital counseling?
Premarital counseling is a specialized type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage.
Premarital counseling can help couples of any gender, race, or religion identify and address potential areas of conflict in their relationship.
I offer specialized training to couples in blending values, opinions, and expectations based on families of origin and life experiences.
Any couples therapist will tell you that the time to learn how to complain, argue, parent, weather the ups and downs of money, kids, and aging parents isn't when the shit hits the fan.
Let me help you transition from dating to a commitment to marriage.
Is pre-marriage counseling worth it?
Look at your parents and the way they communicated. How did they solve problems? Did they have fun together? How often did they show affection or complement each other? Were they friends and fond of one another? Perhaps they split up and had animosity towards each other. Even worse, maybe they should have split up and had a toxic communication pattern.
Like it or not, we're all products of our upbringing. Learned behavior is an influential factor in how we interact with our partner. Healthy couples fight; it's how they fight and then repair that makes the difference between relationship masters and disasters. There must be a way to raise complaints to your partner without starting an argument so that the two of you stay connected, problem-solve, and improve the relationship.
Most couples enter counseling when the relationship is in crisis. Don't wait until you're miserable.
What is premarital counseling?
Premarital counseling and couples counseling with me can teach you and your partner to be resilient and flexible in your relationship. Trust, commitment, fondness, and friendship are all success factors for a happy, healthy, and successful life together.
Couples and premarital counseling is a short-term approach to laying the foundation for a lasting relationship of resilience and flexibility.
Identifying your partner's "buttons" as well as needs early on prevents unnecessary conflict later. I will provide each of you with the necessary building blocks on which you can construct the relationship of your design.
What you can expect
I am a Gottman-trained couples counselor in Columbus Ohio, and we'll start with the Gottman Relationship Checkup, a series of assessments to provide you with feedback in several key relationship areas including:
Intimacy: Affection and Sex
The desire for children and parenting
Family of origin and in-law relationships
Trust (which means more than fidelity)
Division of household and family responsibilities.
I'll provide you with detailed feedback about your unique relationship strengths and how to use the coping skills of the healthiest couples to get through the rough waters.
Most importantly, I'll help you identify and address potential problem areas. Together, we will interpret your results and discuss areas of common unhappiness or disagreement. You'll set goals with your partner to help overcome challenges.
I'll ask you and your partner questions to find out your unique visions for your marriage and clarify your expectations and desires for your marriage.
Remember, preparing for marriage involves more than throwing a party to celebrate an engagement. Take the time to build a solid foundation for your relationship.
Ready to get started? You can contact me at 833-WE-HELP-3 (833-934-3574).
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