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Is premarital counselling right for me and my partner?

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Marriage is a huge step in your life. After the excitement of saying yes to your partner disappears, the reality and anxiety of spending the rest of your life with your love step in. Planning the perfect wedding and preparing to merge your life with your partner while caring for your personal needs may become a challenge that you may feel unprepared for. You want a successful marriage, and you want to ensure you start on the right foot.

As reality sets in, fears creep up. You may be scared that you may lose your sense of self and sacrifice your personal goals. You may feel your friendships would be impacted, causing you to drift away from friends. You may fear that unresolved conflicts may arise in the marriage and your expectations may not be fulfilled, leading to dissatisfaction. Self-doubt may creep in because you may feel you do not deserve your partner’s love. Over time, you may worry your partner will lose interest and abandon you.

To address your fears and ensure you have a strong foundation in your marriage, you may turn to self-help books or articles online for insight, but the information seems generic. You may engage in online forums to get recommendations, but you’re met with judgment from strangers. You may contact your family for marital advice, leading to confusion and frustration because everyone has a different opinion. You may even seek individual therapy to explore your fears, but it does not help your relationship concerns. While these options provide valuable insight, they do not offer a customized solution you and your partner can use to learn the tools and strategies you need to function happily married. Premarital counselling is a therapeutic solution that prepares individuals for a successful marriage.

What is premarital counselling & who can benefit?

Premarital counselling is a form of couples counselling or couples therapy which assists couples in preparing for their marriage. It can help you identify potential conflicts, address any concerns, and provide strategies and tools to navigate any issues in your marriage.

Any engaged couple can benefit from premarital counselling. Engaged couples with no children, with children or with diverse cultural backgrounds can benefit from the guidance and support they receive to maneuver this new phase in their lives.

Why is premarital counselling beneficial?

Premarital counselling has numerous benefits. It provides a safe space for couples to learn more about themselves and one another. Listening to each other’s opinions and giving feedback can strengthen the bond between you and your partner.

Every couple wants to avoid divorce. Premarital counselling helps couples address delicate issues before they escalate. This opportunity prevents serious conflicts and helps solidify a foundation for the future.

Premarital counselling helps couples plan for the future. Financial, intimacy and family planning goals and ways to accomplish these goals are explored.

Premarital counselling assists couples to express their needs and desires better. This promotes better communication and active listening skills. Couples become more empathetic in their interactions as they better understand each other.

Sharing your concerns and fears with your partner in the presence of a therapist provides a platform to receive an unbiased opinion on your strengths and areas of opportunity to work on.

Conflict resolution is a goal of any couple. Premarital counselling helps you identify and solve any problems in your marriage.

How does premarital counselling work?

The therapist hears the couple’s story, learns about their goals and needs and builds rapport. Assessment tools are provided to the couple for the therapist to gain further insights and information, which assists the therapist in putting a customized and flexible therapy plan together to address all challenges. The therapist continues to support the couple throughout the sessions.

How can you find the right Counsellor?

At Healing Roots Therapy, we believe therapy should be:

  • Safe: A place where clients can share their most challenging experiences, feelings and thoughts to heal.
  • Open: The ability to make decisions that are best for emotional and mental well-being comes from the trust created within a relationship built on transparency.
  • Curious: When we replace judgment with curiosity, we provide space for understanding. When we can understand what we are feeling, thinking or experiencing, we empower ourselves to make the changes we want in our life.

We help you uncover what lies beneath your struggles so you can heal and start to move forward.

Get the care and support you need to heal your pain, unearth your strengths & live more fully.

Learn more about couples therapy here. You can also browse our therapist bios if you’re looking to get started!

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