Premarital Counseling: What is It and Does It Help?

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Many people think that premarital counseling is only for certain couples who are struggling, but any couple can benefit from this type of therapy.

The goal of premarital counseling is to help couples navigate important questions about their lives together before they say, “I do.”

Continue reading to learn more about this type of therapy and how it could be of benefit to you.

What is Premarital Counseling?

Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that occurs before marriage. It is intended to help couples prepare for marriage by ensuring that you and your partner have a strong and healthy relationship. It can help you establish a stable foundation and identify any weaknesses that could become problematic during the marriage. 

Issues You Can Expect to Discuss

If you are curious about whether or not premarital counseling is for you, you should first understand what you can expect to address in a typical session. You can talk about any subject that is weighing on your mind, but some matters that are commonly discussed include:

  • Your expectations of the marriage as a whole
  • How your past might affect your future together
  • Conflict resolution tactics
  • Strategies for healthy communication
  • Money management techniques
  • How to address and avoid intimacy issues
  • Plans for the future such as kids, living location, etc.

Does It Help?

Any kind of therapy can help your marriage, but premarital counseling is specifically designed for couples who are planning on tying the knot. According to Health Research Funding, couples who underwent counseling before their wedding had a 30 percent higher marital success rate than those who did not. A long list of benefits accompanies this kind of counseling, including:

  • Improved communication and conflict management
  • A better understanding of core values
  • A deepened sense of shared meaning and marital expectations
  • Helps couples plan for the future
  • Learn more about communication styles and each other’s needs
  • Practice working together as a team
  • Provides an opportunity to learn new things about yourself and your partner

How to Get Started

The only preparation needed for premarital counseling is to find a licensed therapist. Your health insurer, medical professional, or friends and loved ones might have recommendations, but ultimately, you’ll have to put in the work to find the best fit. Since you are a paying customer, do not feel pressured to reschedule an appointment with someone you’re not connecting with. Ultimately, select a therapist in which:

  • You feel heard and respected
  • You can be honest and open with them
  • You have a positive relationship and emotional connection with
  • Your expectations are being met

Choose AspenTeletherapy for Premarital Counseling

If you are local to Utah and are looking for the best resource for premarital counseling, choose AspenTeletherapy. Our professional and experienced therapists are all licensed in the state of Utah and are ready to give you the help you need from the comfort of your own home.

We are proud to service all of Utah, including Salt Lake City, Orem, Provo, Lehi, Ogden, St. George, and everywhere in between. Reach out to connect with a therapist and get started on your path to healing today.


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