Short Pump Premarital Counseling

Premarital Counseling – Therapists and Counselors in Short Pump (Henrico, VA)

When a couple decides to take the important step toward marriage, there are many tasks to accomplish. Wedding plans become pressing, engagement celebrations may occur, but many couples skip one of the most important steps before a wedding, premarital counseling. Perhaps your engagement has been going on for quite some time, or has just occurred. However long your engagement has lasted, considering premarital counseling at Thriveworks in Henrico, VA is a wise step for your future marriage.

There are many reasons why couples choose premarital counseling at Thriveworks. Perhaps the big day is quickly approaching and one or both of you are getting cold feet! Some of the couples who reach out to us for premarital counseling are doing so to discover if the partnership is ready for the commitment of marriage, and also to discover approaches for keeping their relationship healthy. Whether or not you have decided to commit to marriage, premarital counseling can be helpful in creating the type of relationship that is healthy and beneficial.

In some situations, when a couple is engaged and planning a wedding, they are required to partake in a specific number of premarital therapy sessions to meet the requirements of their religion, place of worship, or pastor. For others, the basic demands of the wedding planning necessitate that some more time and effort be spent on the relationship. Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful and can create friction in the relationship. While this should be a joyous and exciting time, that is certainly not always the case during wedding planning. Dealing with in-laws, budgets, different tastes and preferences, seating arrangements, and all of the other wedding details can be extremely overwhelming. Even the happiest of couples can be challenged by the unending stress of a wedding. Choosing premarital counseling at Thriveworks in Short Pump, VA can help couples overcome this stress.

If you are entering into a second marriage, there are even more considerations at hand. Blending two established families together, preparing to be a stepparent, and dealing with the unique emotional needs of each member of the family is a monumental task. Preparing for this change in advance with premarital counseling at Thriveworks Short Pump can pave the way for success in your new family. One or both members of the relationship may have residual pain and questions from a previous marriage or relationship, and dealing with those in an open and honest manner can give the new marriage its best shot at success.

Many people quote the statistic that nearly half of all marital relationships are ending in separation. Our premarital counselors at Thriveworks Henrico Virginia want to see your relationship be one that survives this figure. Thriveworks therapists can aid you and your loved one in learning important strategies for keeping basic respect and love in your relationship, even during times when things are less than perfect. In any marriage or relationship, there will be times of hardship, difficulty, extreme stress, and pain. There is no way to be fully prepared for this, but spending time with a Thriveworks Henrico, VA premarital counselor can help you prepare for the worst in the most effective way possible.

Studies has actually shown that premarital counseling can minimize separation fears and pre-marriage anxieties, but we also believe that each member of the relationship can also gain a lot from the counseling sessions for personal reasons. Better insight into their partnership, and also into one’s self has been mentioned, as well as discovering skills that will prove helpful in various other relationships.

As with most types of therapy and counseling, some of the benefits may include:

  • Confidence and assertiveness
  • Patience
  • Avoiding dependency and co-dependency
  • Having realistic expectations of others
  • Contentment
  • Developing coping skills

Therapy does not prove that you have a problem. Rather, it indicates that you are spending time on your mental health, emotional health, and making the most of your relationships.

If you reside in the Short Pump, VA area and are engaged to be married, or considering becoming engaged, you should consider premarital counseling. If you are preparing to enter your second marriage, creating a blended family, or about to become a stepparent, this is an important consideration. Thriveworks Short Pump, VA counselors are the right choice. Through premarital counseling, couples can develop important skills to connect in the marital relationship, recognize potential areas of stress, as well as discover the best ways to navigate their way through life’s challenges. Call us today to get started.

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Mary and I have worked together for the last two years. She has been instrumental in assisting me to reach my goal of being a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical perspective, knowledge, and understanding of counseling principles has made an positive impact on how I approach my clients. Mary offers an abundance of education and clinical expertise that she easily shares with others. Mary demonstrates empathy, clinical knowledge, has a sense of humor, and realistic view of client needs. She has the ability to tap into the client's world which enhances their therapeutic experience.
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I have had depression for many years. My friend suggested I see Kylie Wright NP, which was one of the best suggestions I have ever received. Kylie took the time to listen to all of my concerns. She ruled out other medical conditions carefully, and then began medication adjustments that has been life changing. I have not been happy, less stressed, and positive I.n my thinking In years. I felt compelled to provide feedback so that others in community know the accessibility to a kind and talented psychiatric provider.
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