What is Pre-marriage Counselling?
You meet, fall in love and decide to get married. Life is great and you know that you are compatible and going to have a great life together. This is what most people think and dream of when they enter into marriage. Unfortunately, we all know that the divorce statistics show this doesn’t usually eventuate.
So how do you make sure that you are giving your relationship the best chance of surviving the long-term? Just as you would research before you take out a home loan or commit to anything else big in your life, marriage too requires an element of research and discovery.
Working with couples to help repair relationships gives me a good indicator of where the common issues occur in relationships and how to prepare to avoid these traps. Taking the time to learn about the possible conflicts that may occur further down the track, and learning skills to address these, gives you a greater chance at having a successful relationship.
Just as marriage counselling helps to resolve conflicts in a relationship and learn skills to avoid them in the future, pre-marital counselling aims to address these issues before they happen and put in place strategies to help you cope with conflict and gain resolution.
Knowing what to watch for and how to approach these issues when they arise is like putting in place a safe guard for use at a later date. The process of pre-marriage counselling aims to address any current issues and look at possible future issues. It ensures you are both on the same track with similar goals and expectations and gives you the necessary skills to navigate life together in a functional and healthy way.
How does it work?
Pre-marital counselling is covered in 4 x 1 hour sessions and covers the following areas:
- Identify goals and future expectations of life together
- Identify possible problem areas that already exist or that may arise, and put in place strategies to address them.
- Learn the essential communication skills required to maintain a healthy relationship
- Learn strategies to ensure you have a healthy relationship and are meeting the needs of each other.
At times it may become apparent that there are existing issues that need to be addressed in the relationship. It is much better to identify and address these issues prior to committing to marriage and ensure that your marriage gets off to a healthy and exciting start. In these cases further counselling may be helpful.
Give me a call on 0468 950 420 or email me if you would like any more information on pre-marriage counselling sessions or book online now.