Partners who are considering or preparing for marriage may benefit from premarital counselling from a qualified therapist in advance of entering into marriage. It can be of great benefit to both individuals to identify any differing expectations or needs as well as setting a shared vision of the married relationship.
Not all couples considering marriage will consider premarital counselling as being needed. The difficulty is that when things seem prefect with their partner and there are no issues between the couple it is then difficult to imagine any future problems arising. For other individual the fear of unearthing future issues or problems can be extreme and cause anxiety in relation to marriage. It can be unnerving to begin the process of premarital counseling because you and/or your partner might worry that examining your relationship under a microscope could cause stress and issues.
Premarital counselling helps with
Premarital counselling helps partner with building strategies for achieving good communication, happiness as well as handling specific issues such as anger, infidelity, money or sex. Partners hoping to enter into a long and happy marriage need to take into consideration and discuss their beliefs and desires regarding family and children, work and career, religion and spirituality, money and wealth, ageing and retirement, health and fitness as well as their core values. The more a couple can align these beliefs and desires the easier the path of married life and living as a married couple will be. There is always a need for negotiation and compromise and premarital counselling can assist each partner with their willing to participate within the negotiation process.
Premarital counselling, best started in advance of marriage
Premarital counselling is something that couples can consider starting before their engagement and well in advance of their wedding. In general the sooner couples engage in premarital counselling the better. It may happen that couples only seriously begin to consider each other and assessing their long-term compatibility after the wedding and initial romantic honeymoon period of their relationship.