Every engaged couple dreams of entering into a loving, committed marriage and living happily ever after. The wedding day passes, the honeymoon ends, and the strains of life begin to set in. Currently, a little over half of all first marriages end in divorce. Sadly, couples who marry without having premarital counseling are at much higher risk of divorce. The majority of married couples report they either declined or were not made aware of counseling before marriage.
Premarital counseling is the preparation period before a couple says “I do”. Just as preparation is necessary before a big exam or interview, preparation can make all the difference in a marriage. Pre-marriage counseling allows couples to explore and identify the difficulties that may lie ahead on the road of marriage, teaching them skills to overcome these barriers. Premarital counseling can prepare a couple for multiple issues that may otherwise have been neglected. Some of these include
- Conflict resolution (how to fight fairly)
- Family of origin problem areas
- Marital roles
- Healthy expectations
- Intimacy and sexuality
- Personality differences
- Financial preparation
- Communication skills
- Future goals and plans
At Family Legacy Counseling our counselors are prepared to offer guidance and assessments to couples, both before and after the wedding. If you are interested in pre-marriage counseling, please contact Family Legacy Counseling at (515) 727-1338 to set up an appointment with one of our clinicians. We’d be happy to pair you up with a therapist who can best meet your needs.