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Premarital Counseling: The What, When, and How

June 29, 2022
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Posted By: Thrive Counseling Center
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Every couple is different and has unique needs and goals for their relationship. Premarital counseling is an opportunity to grow as a couple and be a valuable investment you can make in the long-term success of your relationship. At Thrive Counseling, we offer various therapies and couples counseling options, including premarital counseling. 

What to Talk About in Premarital Counseling 

Premarital counseling offers you and your partner a way to communicate and work through any present or potential issues that will affect your married life. A healthy relationship prior to marriage involves many factors, including communication, trust, and respect. 

Some common topics you and your partner can discuss during premarital counseling are:

  • Expectations around marriage 
  • Healthy communication
  • Values and needs 
  • Intimacy, sexuality, and affection 
  • Family relationships and in-laws 
  • Children
  • Friendships and friend groups 
  • Finances 
  • Grief and loss 
  • Conflicts and resolutions
  • Belief systems 
  • Religious or cultural differences
  • Relationship roles 
  • Mutual decision-making
  • Hobbies and extracurriculars

Premarital counseling is unique for every couple. The nature of your unique relationship and individual circumstances determine what you can glean from couples therapy and how long you may have sessions. 

When to Start Premarital Counseling 

Premarital counseling, like any therapy, isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Your premarital counseling can begin when you and your partner are ready. This could be a few weeks or six months before the wedding. The timeline is entirely up to you. 

Knowing your goals for premarital therapy can help determine how long your couples counseling may last. You may need more sessions if you have several issues to work through. Some couples only need a few weeks, while others need months. Many couples do two hours in each session for three to six months.

How to Prepare for Premarital Counseling  in Federal Way

At Thrive Counseling in Federal Way, we believe attitude is everything. Approaching couples therapy with positivity and an open mind can make a world of difference. Therapy is designed to help people grow and thrive in their lives and relationships; you don’t have to be at rock bottom to seek therapy. 

Another way to prepare for premarital counseling is to discuss your goals with your partner. Ask yourselves, “What do you hope to accomplish during your session?” and list any topics you want to discuss in more detail, such as those listed above. Finally, we encourage you to be as honest as possible while upholding respect and kindness. 

Are you about to tie the knot and interested in premarital counseling in Federal Way? Please contact us today to schedule your consultation with one of our therapists. Our therapy office welcomes individuals, families, and couples from Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, and surrounding areas. 

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