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

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Stress, Bipolar Disorder, Life Transition, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

I believe one of the most important things I can do as your therapist is to provide a safe and supportive environment that allows for trust and explor... I believe one of the most important things I can do as your therapist is to provide a safe and supportive environment that allows for trust and exploration. Read more

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As an African American male, I understand the unique challenges associated with engaging with a mental health professional. Through building trust in ... As an African American male, I understand the unique challenges associated with engaging with a mental health professional. Through building trust in a safe environment, I will work to assist you to learn more about your strengths and how to use them to manage concerns in your life. Read more

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Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +8 more

I provide a nurturing, safe, and judgment-free environment to all clients.

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Coping Skills, Stress, Life Transition

Starting therapy is a leap of faith— it means trusting someone to be there at vulnerable moments.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +21 more
LGBTQIA+, Stress, Anxiety, Depression

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +20 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Stress, ADHD, Addiction, +7 more

As a woman of color I understand many of the barriers and obstacles that often go unsaid, unheard, and unnoticed in many underserved populations.

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 Newton, MA 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 Newton 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?

Many of us dream about our wedding day as children. At the young age of 13, we’re deciding on the venue, picturing the ceremony, and even thinking about who we’ll ask to be our bridesmaids or best men. The excitement builds and builds, and then one day we’re actually engaged—that long held dream soon to come true. While the true triumph here is the love we’ve found with our soon-to-be life partner, oftentimes we become distracted: by the flowers, the cakes, the dresses, the centerpieces. We focus so much on these wedding preparations that we neglect to prepare for our marriage.

What exactly do I mean? You’re likely confident in your relationship, being that you’re engaged or you’re considering marriage. But the truth is that you can never be too prepared for this lifetime commitment. Premarital counseling helps couples make these necessary preparations. These counselors can help couples work through any current tribulations, equip them with effective tools for addressing future issues, and ultimately assist couples in building a solid foundation for their marriage.

If you’re engaged or talking with your partner about marriage, consider working with a premarital counselor at Thriveworks Newton. Your Thriveworks counselor will assess your unique relationship and utilize their expertise to best help you. If you think you could benefit from these services, reach out to Thriveworks today.

How Can Premarital Counseling Benefit Me?

As we touched on above, if you and your partner recently got engaged or are thinking about getting married, meeting with a premarital counselor can prove beneficial—as research has shown that couples who used this service were more satisfied with their marriage than those who did not. This rings true for couples with obvious challenges to work through, as well as those who were happy with their relationship prior to beginning premarital counseling.

So, how exactly do premarital counselors help their clients? While this varies from couple to couple, here are some popular topics that premarital counselors discuss with their clients:

  • Budget and finances
  • Plans for the future
  • Marriage expectations
  • Sexuality/intimacy
  • Common interests

If you and your partner have different desires or expectations related to the above (or other areas), your counselor can help you understand and work through these differences. Additionally, they can help you determine whether these differences prove important enough to affect your plans for marriage. In sum, a premarital counselor will help you identify any potential stressors on your relationship and make the best decision moving forward for you and your partner.

What Can I Expect From a Premarital Counseling Session?

Counseling sessions typically vary from counselor to counselor and client to client. For example, in premarital counseling, some counselors prefer to meet with each partner separately before holding a joint session. Others like to see and focus on the two together from the start. In any case, your premarital counselor at Thriveworks Newton will lead you and your partner in talking about your relationship, identifying any problem areas, discussing expectations for marriage, and lighting the right path for your future together.

Often, premarital counselors will use tools like Couples Resource Maps to aid their clients’ counseling journey. Each partner can use a map to identify and record resources that will help them resolve conflict down the road. They’ll come up with an action plan, such as stepping away to conduct breathing exercises before returning to a conversation or setting aside time to have a focused conversation.

Set Up a Premarital Counseling Session at Thriveworks Newton Today

It’s great that you are excited to plan your wedding and finally tie the knot with your beloved partner—however, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to ensure your future marriage stays happy and healthy for years to come. That’s where premarital counseling at Thriveworks Newton comes in. Our counselors can help you get ahead of the challenges that might threaten your relationship and assist you in successfully preserving your marriage. They will provide that safety net you’re looking for.

If you think you could benefit from working with a premarital counselor at Thriveworks Newton—whether you’re newly engaged or simply talking about marriage—schedule a session today. It’s a simple and easy process: all you have to do is call (617) 992-2827. We look forward to working with you, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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 Newton therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Newton
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

5.0 Thriveworks Newton reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Read more My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Read more I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is a competent, warm, and caring counselor.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Read more Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Read more Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is wonderful and caring. I would recommend her services to anyone.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Read more I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Newton Nov 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newton is off of Boylston Street and Jackson Street. We share a building with Razelles Skin Care Salon. Down the road is a Life Time Fitness and Winston Flowers.

Phone number

(617) 380-4684

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Greek
  • English
  • French
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