Reasons To Consider Premarital Counseling
You want to start your marriage off strong. You’re excited to be married and begin your new life together as husband and wife. How do you prepare for this new journey? What skills can you start working on now? What questions do you need to ask yourself – and your fiance? Premarital counseling can help you establish a stable foundation to build your relationship on. In fact, the general consensus is that couples who complete some type of formal or organized premarital counseling report lower divorce rates and stronger marriages than those who do not do it.
For many, the idea of beginning premarital counseling can be intimidating. You may not have talked much about your emotions, relationship goals, hopes, or struggles with anyone at all. Asking questions you are unsure of or sharing things with another person can be uncomfortable. Some may even be overwhelmed. How do you know if it’s better to talk with a pastor or a licensed counselor? Here are some things to expect when beginning premarital counseling.
What to Expect in Premarital Counseling
- Expect to talk about communication, conflict resolution skills, money, sex, and your expectations for marriage.
- Expect to ask and answer important questions.
- Expect to learn more about yourself and your fiance.
- Expect to talk about your upbringing and what you’re bringing into your marriage.
- Expect to have a refreshed perspective on marriage.
- Expect to meet for about 6 sessions at least, and add more if needed.
People of all backgrounds and beliefs understand the importance of investing in what matters most. It makes sense to take the time and start off on the right path. For Christian couples, premarital counseling helps build a solid, biblical foundation from the beginning. It helps couples avoid temptations, explore personal convictions and beliefs, and to develop your understanding of responsibilities for men and women in marriage.
Premarital Counseling with our Team at Wellspring
Our therapists at Wellspring Counseling are trained as certified facilitators for Prepare-Enrich, a well-known model for premarital counseling used with people of all backgrounds and beliefs. Prepare-Enrich’s mission is to “equip marriage champions, couples, and families with evidence-based skills and insights to foster healthy relationships.”
Many churches do offer quality premarital counseling programs, with pastors or lay-leaders who are trained in various programs. If you are a part of a faith-community, consider asking your own church about options available to you. As licensed counselors, we always consider it a privilege to assist couples in laying a strong foundation to their marriage relationship. We work with couples who have no other counseling support, as well as those who are receiving help in their church but want to supplement sessions with a trained marriage counselor.
Begin Premarital Counseling in Greenville, SC
Your relationship can start off strong with the help of a skilled marriage therapist. If you and your fiance are ready to begin premarital counseling, contact us today to learn about our services at our Greenville SC counseling practice. We would love to be a part of your journey!
Other Counseling Services at Wellspring Counseling
Wellspring Counseling is a counseling clinic in Greenville, SC. We focus on helping children, teenagers and adults live their best lives by striving to be a source for emotional health and improved relationships. Therefore, we offer a wide range of mental health services including not only premarital counseling, but also anxiety treatment, Christian counseling, depression treatment, online counseling, trauma therapy, parent consulting, family counseling, and counseling for teens and children.