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

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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 Virginia Beach, VA 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 Virginia Beach 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?

Michelle and Jose are getting everything ready for their wedding: they’ve finally booked their venue, decided on their catering company, hired a band, and sent out all of their wedding invitations. They’re both excited (and a little nervous) for the big day, but elated to finally tie the knot, after spending 10 loving years together. That being said, they each have concerns about marriage: Both of their parents divorced when Michelle and Jose were teenagers, and the two have been cautious of the idea of marriage ever since. And so, they decide to work with a premarital counselor.

“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” –Pearl Buck

Premarital counseling helps Michelle and Jose work through their marital concerns, as well as issues that have been a problem in their relationship. They build a solid foundation for their next commitment, and they feel more than ready to say “I do” in just a few short months.

If you and your partner are interested in premarital counseling, after becoming recently engaged or talking about the possibility of marriage, reach out to Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck). We have premarital counselors who know how to help couples work through their current problems and best prepare their relationship for this next-level commitment. Call us today at (757) 347-3155 to schedule a premarital counseling session and set your relationship up for marriage success.

Should We Work with a Premarital Counselor?

Are you contemplating the decision to seek premarital counseling? In our experience, even the happiest and strongest couples can benefit from working with a premarital counselor. For example, it can benefit couples who are struggling with commitment issues; it can help couples who can’t seem to resolve a constant problem in their relationship; and it can benefit couples who want to build the strongest foundation for their future marriage, equipped with tools for resolving future issues. In summary, a premarital counselor aims to help their clients improve their current relationship and best prepare it for marriage.

Studies show that premarital counseling truly helps couples resolve their nerves pre-wedding as well as reduces rates of divorce. Remember: Your relationship doesn’t have to be in a state of suffering to benefit from premarital counseling. That being said, a premarital counselor at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) can help you work through current problems, like:

  • Intimacy or sex issues
  • Money problems
  • Role expectations
  • Marriage jitters
  • Visions for the future
  • Communication techniques

If you and your partner are celebrating your engagement or even considering the possibility of marriage, think about working with a premarital counselor. Here at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck), we have premarital counselors who possess the skills, training, and experience to help you move forward in the right direction.

Work with a Premarital Counselor at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck)

Here at Thriveworks, we strive to help people live happy and successful lives. And we understand that for many, this means finding and creating a happy, fulfilling relationship. Our premarital counselors can help you strengthen your relationship and prepare yourselves for marriage. Just give us a call at (757) 347-3155 to set up your first session.

A scheduling specialist will greet you and help you set up an appointment at your earliest convenience. To best accommodate our clients, many of our providers offer flexible hours, which enable them to have appointments in the evenings and on the weekends. Why? Because we know that coming in for a daytime appointment is difficult for working individuals, especially when there are two people and two schedules to account for! Additionally, we work with most major insurance companies.

The premarital counselors at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) are excited to have the chance to work with you. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, just give us a call. We’ll be ready!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
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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I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Read more I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Danielle Feb 2024
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Read more John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Read more John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Read more John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Read more John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Read more It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Read more John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located at the intersection of Old Great Neck Rd and Kenstock Dr. We currently share the building with Chesapeake Bay Realty and across the street you will find Dominion Insurance Group and the Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

Phone number

(757) 520-1312

Languages spoken by VA providers

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