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Discover how starting premarital counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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As a provider with a holistic approach, I seek to understand my client completely.

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As a professional working in psychiatry for over 20 years, I understand the complexity of the need to have a well-balanced and low-stress lifestyle.

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I treat others the way that I want to be treated. Focusing on meeting the client where they are and moving forward in progress to help you find your b... I treat others the way that I want to be treated. Focusing on meeting the client where they are and moving forward in progress to help you find your balance between mind, body, and soul. Read more

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +18 more
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I am non-judgmental and open to working with all individuals.

Starting Premarital counseling

What is Premarital counseling?

Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for and build a happy, successful marriage. Premarital therapists at Thriveworks in Columbia, SC can help couples develop essential communication skills, identify potential conflict areas, and learn how to manage their specific relationship issues.

How does Premarital counseling work?

When you and your partner begin premarital counseling, your counselor will want to get to know you both as well as your relationship. In order to accomplish this, they will ask questions around the following:

  • Common interests and activities
  • Marital expectations
  • Budget and Finance
  • Children and parenting
  • Intimacy

If there is a particular area that they feel needs to be explored further (for example, you note that you and your partner have very different spending habits and views on money), they’ll guide the conversation in the given direction.

Is Premarital counseling conducted in person or online?

Premarital counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does Premarital counseling last?

Generally speaking, Thriveworks premarital counseling in Columbia typically lasts for 8-10 weeks. This, however, can vary depending on the counselor’s approach as well as the clients’ preferences and needs. For example, some couples might request additional sessions to work through problem areas that they’ve identified in their relationship, pre-wedding.

Need more help deciding?

John and Sarah have been dating for over two years now, and they’re starting to consider marriage. They’re wondering if it’s for them, and what it would like to be married.

Sandra and Kaz have already booked their venue, arranged the seating, and chosen their menu. Now, they’re ready to begin preparing their hearts and minds for a life-long commitment.

David and Delilah have been engaged for a few months, but David is starting to have doubts. Is he really ready for marriage? What if he messes it all up? Maybe they’re moving too fast.

All three of these scenarios are great reasons to attend premarital counseling in Columbia, SC. You may have thought, “Is premarital counseling effective?”  Maybe you asked, “Is premarital counseling required.” There are a lot of misconceptions around who goes to premarital counseling. Some think it’s only for struggling couples, while others believe it’s only for those who are sure in their decision to marry.

But here’s the truth about it: everyone can benefit premarital counseling! (803) 477-3736

Thriveworks Columbia premarital counselors are here to help anyone and everyone who has questions revolving around relationships and marriages. The prospect of marriage is simultaneously nerve-wracking and beautiful, terrifying and exciting!

It’s okay to have doubts and questions about your marriage. It’s also okay to be super excited for it! Our premarital counselors in Columbia meet you where you are at so that you and your partner can grow into a bright future.

What is Premarital Counseling?

Premarital counseling in Columbia, SC is designed to meet your needs and prepare for your future. Our counselors will design each counseling session to uniquely fit your situation. In general, there are five key areas of premarital counseling that most couples work through:

  1. Address any underlying problems.
  2. Develop essential communication skills.
  3. Identify potential future conflicts.
  4. Put plans into place to handle those conflicts.
  5. Cultivate trust, love, and respect.

Of course, premarital counseling in Columbia, SC can address much more than that, but those are the most common topics tackled.

Premarital counseling is effective too. Research showed a 30% higher likelihood of happiness and success in marriage for people who attended premarital counseling than for those who don’t. At Thriveworks premarital counseling in Columbia, therapy isn’t just about the now, it’s about the future.

Columbia premarital counseling might include discussions that touch on:

  • Common Interests and Activities
  • Role Expectations
  • Communication
  • Religion and/or Church
  • Marriage Expectations
  • Budget and Finance
  • Children and Parenting
  • Sexuality
  • The Need for Space
  • Satisfaction in a marriage
  • Feelings of non-commitment and identifying where they stem from
  • Current concerns you have about the relationship and how to overcome them
  • Should we go through with marriage?

Some couples are worried that if they attend premarital counseling, they will end up harming their relationship more than hurting it. The truth is, if there are underlying issues in your relationship, it’s best to work through them now then have them come up later. Every relationship has rough spots and weak areas, this is nothing to be ashamed of! Premarital counseling proves to yourself and your partner that you are willing to fight for the future of what you have.

At the end of the day, premarital counseling is about equipping you and your partner with the tools needed to make you healthy and happy as individuals – and as a couple. Occasionally, this might mean postponing the wedding or ending romantic ties all together. Know that if this discussion is brought up our Columbia premarital counselors will walk you through it.

You have put your heart and soul into this relationship, and it deserves the best (just like you)! Professional premarital counselors in Columbia, SC are excited to give you the tools and training you need to have a happier and more successful marriage.

Premarital counseling in Columbia, SC may be more affordable that you though, too.  We accept most major insurance plans. We offer convenient appointment times – day, evening, and weekends.  Plus, there’s not long wait for your first appointment. We can often schedule your first premarital counseling session in 24-48 hours.

To get more information or to schedule an appointment today, call (803) 477-3736.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Columbia therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Columbia
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located on Executive Pointe Blvd off of Bush River Rd, just northwest of Interstate 20 on the north side of the Saluda River. Our building is neighbored by The Steele Law Firm; S.C. Press Association; and Thomas, Watson & Company. The closest bus stop is Bush Woodland WB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(803) 573-9453

Languages spoken by SC providers

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