Premarital Counseling

Engaged or discussing engagement? Premarital counseling can help you strengthen your union and grow together.

Off to a good start, but could use more support in your relationship? Making a marriage commitment is one of the most significant decisions you will make in life, and we recognize that fulfilling that commitment can come with many challenges. Over 75% of Americans believe being married is important, and 85% will marry at least once in their lifetime. However, research indicates that only 25% of couples will still be happily married after ten years (Popenoe & Whitehead, 2010). We want to help you ensure you will be in that 25% category with a healthy and fulfilling relationship.

Studies reveal that premarital counseling is an effective tool as you begin your married life. Premarital counseling aims to help you and your partner have the conversations and build the skills you need before entering into a lifelong marriage commitment. Increasing connection, enhancing communication skills, and developing healthy relationship habits can help you forge a strong, long-lasting partnership.

What will we talk about in Premarital Counseling?

Our therapists utilize the Gottman Method emotionally focused therapy of couples counseling, which includes assessing the couple's relationship to determine areas for growth. The information from this assessment enables couples to learn more about their relationship health and how to improve it. In addition to pinpointing and overcoming conflicts in the relationship, therapy can teach you to avoid common marriage pitfalls.

Some of the topics covered in a session may include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Relationship goals
  • Areas to strengthen in the relationship and growth potential
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Hopes and dreams for the relationship and the future
  • Vulnerability and intimacy
  • Practical skills such as budgeting, equitable division of labor in the home
  • How to address and overcome life stressors
  • Understanding your attachment style
  • Strengthening of relationship bonds
  • Life and family building
  • Working together as a team
  • Exploring core values and beliefs
  • Enhancing the positive aspects already present in the relationship

Are you Blending a Family and Step-Parenting?

If one or both of you already have children, parenting issues or questions about blending a family or step-parenting may have already surfaced. This new family situation can be confusing for both parents and children. Premarital therapy incorporates skills common to couples therapy, marriage counseling, and family therapy. Counseling focuses on roles and relationships, effective parenting, communication skills, and boundary setting.

Couples may also want to discuss co-parenting and how to involve their partner in the process. It’s normal to experience difficult emotions when blending a family. It can be helpful to process these emotions and ensure you have a solid foundation as you build your family together. Premarital counseling offers support and guidance for blending families, improving co-parenting skills, and growing together as a family unit.

You Can Take Steps To Get Your Marriage Off To A Good Start!

Commit to the time and investment needed to make your marriage the best it can be for the long term. Once the excitement and bliss of the honeymoon phase begins to dull, life's challenges can test the strength of your relationship. You can deepen your knowledge of each other and learn how to grow and maintain relationship strength in the future.

Our premarital counselors are empathetic, capable, licensed therapists. They have worked extensively with couples at various stages of their relationship. Additionally, they understand the roadblocks couples often encounter along the way, and the benefit of building communication skills, coping skills, and conflict resolution skills from the beginning.

Utilizing couples counseling and relationship coaching as a resource is an excellent tool for your marriage. We aren’t taught these relationship skills in school. And for some of us, a healthy relationship was not modeled at home. It’s normal to experience difficulties when communicating, bonding, and partnering with another person. Relationship counseling is here to teach you skills you haven’t learned or mastered yet.

Our compassionate therapists support and assist couples as they grow individually and together. We will assess behaviors and patterns that may be holding your relationship back from becoming the best it can be. Utilizing research-backed, effective therapy modalities, we will help you build a foundation for a happy, healthy, and highly functional union.

Therapy Options for You

At Therapy for Families near Houston, TX, our mission is to support and guide individuals, couples, and families to a happier, healthier life through the benefits of counseling. In addition to premarital counseling, we offer individual counseling, marriage counseling, and family therapy.

We offer a free consultation to help assess how therapy can benefit you and help you to feel peace and happiness again. Our empathetic therapists are here to help you succeed in building a union that will bring joy and peace to your lives for a long time to come.

We offer in-person premarital counseling in Houston, The Woodlands, League City, and Midland. We also provide online therapy services in Texas, Utah, South Dakota and Florida.