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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 Mt Pleasant, 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 Mt Pleasant 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?

Congratulations on your decision to get married! This is an exciting time full of planning and coordinating. With all of the thought and care you’re putting into your big day, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important: your relationship. Joining two lives in marriage is one of the most important and impactful decisions anyone can make. Even more important than the food, the flowers and the music for your first dance is the foundation you’re building with your fiancé. This is what premarital counseling can help you preserve and strengthen.

Premarital counseling has many benefits. It helps build the bond that you will make permanent through your wedding vows. Discussing your relationship and the future you hope to build together are the main topics of premarital counseling. This is where the counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant Counseling can help.

Countless couples have participated in premarital counseling before exchanging vows to gain additional perspective on the impact marriage may have on their relationship. Exploring who you both are now and who you hope to be as a couple is an important part of a healthy, life-long relationship. Premarital counseling can help you and your partner understand each other better and set the foundation for long-term happiness.

You may have grown up in a happy home, with parents who showed you what a strong marriage looks like. Or perhaps your parents did not model a healthy relationship. Regardless of what you have seen and learned, it can be difficult to forge your own future with the partner you have chosen.

If you’re not sure if you need or want premarital counseling, ask yourself these questions. If you answer “yes” or “I don’t know” to any one of these, premarital counseling may be a good step to take:

  • Will my life change after I get married?
  • Will our relationship change after we’re married?
  • Am I worried that it’s not possible to be as happy as I am now, even after years of marriage?
  • What makes a successful marriage last?
  • How do couples make it through both good times and bad?
  • How do I resolve conflicts that may arise in my marriage?
  • What goals do I want to have in my marriage? Does my partner share these goals?
  • How will we make big decisions as a married couple — decisions about children, money, where to live, and our extended families?

Whether you’re getting married for the first time or you’re looking forward to tying the knot again, exploring all of the dimensions of married life is easier to do before the wedding than after. You can discuss, explore and learn valuable insights about yourself and your fiancé so you start your lives together in the most satisfying way possible.

If you’re ready to get started, call us today to schedule your first appointment with a Thriveworks premarital counselor. Our phone number is 843-606-6223. If you’re still trying to decide if premarital counseling is right for you, keep reading.

When Should We Start Premarital Counseling?

Whether your wedding is next week, or you haven’t set a date yet, we can help your marriage start off on the right foot. It’s normal to feel under-prepared for marriage. People sometimes call this “cold feet.” There are many topics to discuss and talk through with your partner. Having a trained, professional counselor guide you through the process is reassuring and helpful in countless ways. Many couples look back on the premarital counseling they received and consider it to be the foundation for their ongoing happiness and well-being.

What Can I Expect from Premarital Counseling?

A premarital counseling professional at Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant Counseling will help you and your partner discuss many topics related to marriage, such as:

  • Common interests and goals
  • Role expectations
  • Communication styles
  • Faith-related issues
  • Household budget and financial issues
  • Children and parenting styles
  • Sexuality and intimacy
  • Needs for space and privacy
  • Occupations and careers
  • Relationships with extended family and in-laws

This is just a partial list. Our counselors can help with any premarital questions and concerns you may have. Joining your lives in marriage takes work, dedication, patience, and communication. It also requires compromise and change. Discussing the topics you have in mind ahead of time is an ideal way to begin your marriage.

What Happens After Premarital Counseling?

Studies have shown that counseling couples receive before getting married has long-term benefits. Premarital counseling can help minimize fears, anxiety, and conflict. Being in an open and honest environment where communication is encouraged and expected can help foster growth and emotional health for both members of the relationship. Taking part in premarital counseling does not mean that you have a problem that needs fixing before you tie the knot. In fact, it is proof that you are serious about making your marriage work and are willing to prepare for the challenges that married couples invariably face.

How Do We Get Started?

We know you’re busy, especially with planning a wedding. It’s easy to get started with your premarital counseling sessions. Our counselors have flexible schedules that are designed to fit your schedule. We offer day and evening appointments. Plus, our counselors are available by phone and email to help you stay in contact between sessions.

At Thriveworks Mt. Pleasant Counseling, we help bring couples closer together and strengthen your relationship, even before you exchange vows. Your time is valuable, and so is your relationship. Give us a call today at 843-606-6223 to schedule your first premarital counseling session.

We accept most major insurance plans, and we offer appointments in the same week, so you can begin building the future you want with your spouse now.

We are conveniently located adjacent to the Queensborough Shopping Center at 1131 Queensborough Blvd., #100 in Mt. Pleasant. Call to schedule your first appointment with a Thriveworks premarital counselor today. Our phone number is 843-606-6223.

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 Mt Pleasant therapists and counselors accept 22 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 Mt Pleasant
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

Hear from our clients

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My therapist at Thriveworks, Susan, is warm and and relatable. I am a late-diagnosed autistic woman. I am basically now learning what everyone else learned in kindergarten. I have a history of broken marriages and jobs I was invited to leave because I didn't fit in, to put it mildly. She has helped me in so many ways, and I can now see decisions I made that I thought were just what had happened to me. I feel much more capable and hopeful now. I wish I could have met her years ago. I have gone to many therapists over the years, but now I can see how I can feel hopeful about my life and my relationships with my daughters and my grandchildren.
Read more My therapist at Thriveworks, Susan, is warm and and relatable. I am a late-diagnosed autistic woman. I am basically now learning what everyone else learned in kindergarten. I have a history of broken marriages and jobs I was invited to leave because I didn't fit in, to put it mildly. She has helped me in so many ways, and I can now see decisions I made that I thought were just what had happened to me. I feel much more capable and hopeful now. I wish I could have met her years ago. I have gone to many therapists over the years, but now I can see how I can feel hopeful about my life and my relationships with my daughters and my grandchildren.
Linda Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Susan is my Thriveworks therapist. She is helping me set boundaries and make better choices. I am learning a lot from her. Having Asperger's, I often can be quite blunt. I am gradually learning how to say less but make better connections. She
Read more Susan is my Thriveworks therapist. She is helping me set boundaries and make better choices. I am learning a lot from her. Having Asperger's, I often can be quite blunt. I am gradually learning how to say less but make better connections. She
Linda Jan 2024
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Mt Pleasant is located off of Queensborough Blvd, right next to the Queensborough Shopping Center and just north of Highway 17. We're right across the street from Groucho's Deli, Beach Cowboy Fitness, and Hunan Chinese. The closest bus stop is Johnnie Dodds Blvd (Frontage Rd) / Queensborough Shopping Center.

Phone number

(843) 588-1846

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