Love is tricky and messy and possibly one of the most worthwhile pursuits. But what happens when the first-date butterflies turn into a stable relationship, and then the question of marriage starts popping up? Oftentimes, the thoughts of committing to someone at the level of marriage comes with a lot of questions and high emotions.
How do you know if you’re prepared? What if this isn’t the right step? What is the next step?
Premarital counseling is a very broad term that can address all sorts of situations. Some people come into premarital counseling with the date set, venue booked, and colors selected. They’re committed to preparing themselves as well as the wedding logistics. On the other hand, maybe you and your partner haven’t yet decided how to answer that big wedding question and want some guidance for figuring it out. Maybe you’re starting to have questions or doubts after a few months of being engaged.
Whatever the scenario, Willow Grove Thriveworks is excited to walk with you and your partner through this big change in your life. Here at Thriveworks Willow Grove we want to help set you up for success in the future, so call now for an appointment 267-685-3197 and we will be happy to help!
What Is Premarital Counseling?
Premarital counseling can be confusing to define. Some people think it’s where you go when a relationship is struggling. Others think it is only for couples who know for sure they want to get married.
Whatever you think premarital counseling is for, it’s probably not wrong! Thriveworks Willow Grove Premarital Counseling is broad enough so that any of your concerns about marriage and furthering your relationship can be brought to our counselors. We can help you work through a problem, develop essential communication skills, identify potential conflict areas, and learn how to confront and handle those tricky situations.
It’s not true that only people who are struggling with a relationship go to premarital counseling. Yes, therapists at Thriveworks Willow Grove can help you work through difficulties and are always willing to listen to whatever problems you may be encountering. But healthy relationships also benefit greatly from premarital counseling. Research says that couples who went to premarital counselling were 30% more likely to have a successful, happy marriage. With nearly half of couples divorcing, an extra 30% can make a huge difference!
Going to premarital counseling can mean that both of you are ready to put in the time and effort needed to build a successful future together. There will always be bumps and hardships along the way, premarital counseling gives you the tools so you can effectively navigate them!
Sounds great, but what actually goes on in premarital counseling? Thriveworks Willow Grove counselors always approach a counseling session with you as the center. You and your relationship are unique, and so should the counseling process! Some common discussions might include:
- Common Interests and Activities
- Role Expectations
- Religion and/or Church
- Marriage Expectations
- Budget and Finance
- Children and Parenting
- The Need for Space
- Feelings of non-commitment and identifying where they stem from
- Current concerns you have about the relationship and how to overcome them
- Should we go through with marriage?
Sometimes, couples come to premarital counseling and walk away feeling grounded and ready for the next step and other times they may decide that marriage isn’t the right next step. Through therapy they have more time to work on strengthening their relationship and growing closer to each other. Occasionally, they might decide to end their romantic relationship all together and are often healthier and happier because of it.
Schedule a Premarital Counseling Session at Thriveworks Willow Grove
The thought of marriage is both exciting and terrifying. Nothing compares to what you are feeling right now. It’s healthy to get some of those emotions out by talking to a professional about them. All those pre-marriage jitters and concerns that feel like the end of the world right now might look a little less daunting after talking through them.
You’ve poured your heart and soul into this relationship. Thriveworks Willow Grove is here to help make your relationship as lasting and strong as you’ve always dreamed, so call today to book an appointment 267-685-3197.
Thriveworks Willow Grove offers both daytime and evening hours. There is no waiting list and we accept most major insurance plans and offer affordable rates. We are located in Montgomery County, so if you are looking for premarital counseling in Willow Grove, premarital counseling in Abington, premarital counseling in Jenkintown or premarital counseling in Huntingdon Valley, our office will be convenient for you. Take back your life by contacting us today!