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
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.
So you’ve found the partner of your dreams? Congratulations! You’re in love love and can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with this individual. Fantastic. The venue is picked out. The music lineup is set and your cake is ordered. However, should the planning stop there? No. This is just the beginning of the planning and decision making that you and your partner will be experiencing as your life together progresses. Just as important are decisions regarding your finances and whether you both want children, and when. What religion are you going to practice if any? Marriage takes work and divorce rates hovers around 50%. Premarital counseling will provide you and your partner with a safe supportive environment where you can explore these and other questions or concerns you might have. Premarital counseling allows you the opportunity to experience a more positive adjustment to your new life together and improves your chances for a long and happy life together.
So what is Premarital counseling?
Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that helps couples better prepare for marriage. Premarital counseling can help you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship by giving each other a better understanding of the person they are going to marry; thereby giving you a better chance for a stable, satisfying, and long lasting marriage. This kind of counseling can also help you identify weaknesses in your relationship and how to improve those weaknesses and further solidify your bond.
How can premarital counseling help me?
Premarital counseling can help couples improve their relationships before marriage by encouraging them to discuss the core components of marriage and weaknesses that could become problems during marriage. All marriage have obstacles and disagreements but how you manage them is crucial to a couples happiness. Premarital counseling will help you improve your conflict resolution skills and your communication skills so you and your partner can positively address and or overcome any obstacles in your marriage.
What will we discuss in premarital counseling?
The following are some areas the that could be discussed in premarital counseling with your therapist.
- Beliefs and values
- Roles in marriage
- Desire to have children
- Family relationships
- Dealing with anger
- Time spent together
- Conflict Resolution
Where can I get Premarital Counseling?
At Thriveworks, our licensed therapists strive to ensure your marriage begins on a solid foundation and you and your partner have develop the skills necessary for a long healthy and satisfying marriage. At Thriveworks we have licensed Psychologists, Licensed Family & Marriage therapist, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers all trained and licensed to provide premarital counseling.
Same and next-day appointments!
We also know how difficult it can be to get an appointment with a qualified therapist who accepts your health insurance. Many practices don’t even answer the phone, much less call you back if you leave a voicemail. At Thriveworks, we always answer the phone and typically are able to offer same and next-day appointments.
We accept insurance!
We accept most major insurance plans and typically offer appointments within 24 hours of your initial call. Insurance plans we accept include Blue Cross Blue Shield / Highmark, Magellan, Independence Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Keystone Health Plan East, Personal Choice, United Behavioral Health, Cigna, and Compsych.
We are conveniently located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, at 600 N Jackson St, Suite 300, Media, PA, 19063, and are accessible by public transportation via SEPTA Regional Rail, Trolley, and bus. We also offer ample free parking.
Call 610-808-9923 to schedule an appointment, or fill out a contact form and we’ll call you!