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

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 Waltham, 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 Waltham 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?

Jacob proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years, Ashley, exactly a year ago. They still look back on that day and smile, but as their wedding day approaches, they grow nervous. What if we aren’t ready for this commitment? Jacob wonders. What if marriage changes our relationship and we fall apart? Ashley worries.

“Compatibility doesn’t determine the fate of a marriage, how you deal with the incompatibilities does.” –Abhijit Naskar

Finally, Ashley shares her concerns with her sister, who points her in the direction of premarital counseling. A bundle of nerves, Ashley proposes the idea of counseling to her fiancé—and much to her pleasure, he hastily agrees. As it turns out, neither of them knew or suspected the other was feeling nervous about tying the knot. But now that everything is out on the table, they feel even more confident about growing together in premarital counseling.

Premarital counseling is designed to help couples contemplating marriage build the best possible foundation for their relationship. This can involve addressing and resolving present issues, identifying instrumental tools for solving future conflicts, and ultimately learning to sustain the health of one’s relationship for many years to come. What do you say? Does this sounds like a service you could benefit from? Meet with a premarital counselor at Thriveworks Waltham today.

Who Can Benefit From Premarital Counseling?

At Thriveworks, we believe that anybody and everybody can benefit from working with a capable and compassionate mental health professional. And if you’re newly engaged or you and your partner are talking about marriage, a premarital counselor is the counselor for you. Do you and your partner have a couple things to discuss before marriage? You can benefit from premarital counseling. Are you hoping to build a strong foundation for this lifelong commitment? You can benefit from premarital counseling. Is your relationship picture perfect? You, too, can benefit from premarital counseling.

In sum, every couple considering marriage can benefit from working with a premarital counselor. Your counselor at Thriveworks Waltham will assess your relationship and, with your specific counseling goals in mind, lead the two of you in constructing a happy, healthy relationship that can sustain even the strongest winds.

What Does a Premarital Counseling Session Look Like?

Your sessions will be tailored to you and your partner, your relationship and your therapy goals. That said, common topics discussed in premarital counseling include:

  • Money
  • Career goals
  • Children
  • Religion
  • Communication
  • Intimacy

You may or may not be experiencing any issues in the above areas right now, but it’s possible that you will at some point in the future. Your counselor will equip you with the tools to resolve issues regarding these areas (and others) now and in the future. Additionally, they can help absolve you of those pre-wedding nerves, address any concerns you may have about getting married (like Jacob and Ashley above), and assist you in identifying positive goals for your relationship moving forward.

See a Premarital Counselor at Thriveworks Waltham Today

It’s normal to feel nervous about your wedding day; it’s okay to admit that you and your fiancé aren’t perfect. The truth is that no relationship is free of adversity and that sometimes it takes a little outside assistance to truly capitalize on your fullest potential as a happy, healthy duo. Premarital counseling can help you do just that. The counselors at Thriveworks Waltham have the skills, training, and experience to help you and your partner succeed in building that happy, healthy relationship for years to come.

If you and your partner recently got engaged or you’re contemplating marriage, consider working with one of our premarital counselors. Our providers are happy and eager to help. To get started, give us a call at (781) 309-9149. A scheduling specialist will get you all set up, and you’ll be on your way to experiencing all of the benefits of premarital counseling for yourself!

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 Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 30 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

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Waltham
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 Waltham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Read more Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Read more You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Read more Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Waltham Nov 2019
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Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Read more Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Awesome/with 5 being the best.
Waltham May 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Read more Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Read more Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Read more I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Waltham Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Waltham can be reached by taking exit 43B on I-95, and following 2nd Ave to Bear Hill Road. We are located in the same complex as Eastport Real Estate Services. We are next door to Boston Engineering.

Phone number

(781) 905-8487

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