Atlanta Premarital Counseling

 

Pre-Marital Counseling: Sometimes Optional, Always Helpful
 

If you’re on this page, it’s likely because your contemplating marriage, or are already engaged and a wedding is fast approaching. Some of the couples who reach out to us for pre-marital counseling are doing so to make sure the relationship is ready for the commitment of marriage and to learn strategies for keeping their relationship harmonious.

On the other hand, some couples reach out to us because their pastor, priest, or whoever is going to be overseeing their wedding ceremony has asked the couples to seek pre-marital counseling as a pre-requisite. Whichever category you and your significant other happen to fall into, the counselors at Thriveworks are here to provide timely and professional pre-marital counseling to you and your partner.


Stated above, some couples are required to undergo a certain number of pre-marital counseling sessions to meet the requirements of their church, place of worship, or simply the requirements of the individual who will be providing over their wedding ceremony (and some states require premarital counseling for people under 18 years of age). That said, even when it’s not explicitly required, pre-marital counseling is a helpful and effective process for couples to learn more about establishing a long-term positive relationship that will survive all the twists, turns, drops, and bumps that life throws all of us.
 
It’s no secret that today nearly half of all marriages are ending in divorce. We don’t want your relationship to be a statistic. Thriveworks counselors can help you and your significant other to learn important techniques for keeping mutual respect and love in your relationship, even during times when things are less than perfect. 
If you live in the Atlanta, GA area and are considering marriage, Thriveworks premarital counseling can help. Through pre-marital counseling, couples will learn to develop important skills to communicate in marriage, identify potential conflict areas, and learn how to navigate their way through difficult questions. To schedule your appointment, call (404) 682-1923.
 
 
When Should a Couple Seek Premarital Counseling?


Premarital counseling is normally sought out “pre-marriage” but it is also necessary and useful for those contemplating marriage. That is, even before a couple gets engaged (some people are calling it “pre-engagement counseling”, though that term has yet to really take off). Premarital counseling can be beneficial for those not sure of the next step in their relationship, and can also help those that are engaged and are preparing for marriage.


Premarital Counseling for those Unsure about Marriage


Premarital counseling can help a person in a relationship who is “non-committal” learn what barriers they may have to taking the next step. Counseling can help a couple resolve issues they cannot seem to get past, or premarital counseling can help educate couples on what to expect in their first or tenth year of marriage. Of course, pre-marital counseling will cover the big life decisions such as:
 

  • Common Interest and Activities
  • Role Expectations
  • Communication
  • Religion and/or Church
  • Marriage Expectations
  • Budget and Finance
  • Children and Parenting
  • Public or Private School
  • Sexuality
  • The Need for Space
  • Where the Family Will Live
  • Debt
  • Each Spouse's Career Activities
  • Relationships with Extended Family
  • And More…
Just because you do premarital counseling does not mean you definitely need to get married. In fact, sometimes couples go through premarital counseling, and find it best that they do not pursue marriage, or that marriage might be a fit for them in the future—but not now.

Pre-Marital Counseling Is Beneficial
 
While research has shown that premarital counseling can reduce divorce rates and the pre-marriage jitters, we feel that individually each partner also seems to get a lot from the counseling sessions. Better insight into their partner, and into one’s self has been reported, as well as learning skills useful in other relationships, like:
  • Self-confidence and Assertiveness
  • Patience
  • Avoiding Dependency
  • Avoiding Co-dependency
  • Having Realistic Expectations of Others
  • Having Realistic Expectations of One’s Self
Counseling does not mean you have a problem. It means that you are strong enough to prevent future problems. Your relationship doesn’t need to “have a problem” to seek out, or to benefit from, premarital counseling. In fact, premarital counseling can be used to strengthen your relationship and help you communicate better. Premarital counseling helps couples avoid conflicts that lay ahead. Finally, premarital counseling can help open up discussions that you feel uncomfortable bringing up yourself. 
To book your first session, call us at (404) 682-1923

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