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Where Do You Go to Seek Premarital Counseling?

Premarital counseling allows a couple the opportunity to explore and contemplate their relationship in a safe and secure environment with a third party to help guide the counseling sessions or classes. Premarital counseling helps to bring to light many issues that a couple could potentially face once they step into matrimony and it also affords an opportunity to learn the best ways to communicate with one another and how to improve communication skills in order to cope with the transition from being in a committed relationship to being in a committed marital relationship. Premarital counseling is generally sought after a couple has become engaged. Some counselors believe premarital counseling should occur before getting engaged.

Premarital counseling is also called pre-marriage counseling.

Premarital counseling is most often done through a religious authority or advisor. The Catholic faith as well as most Protestant faiths deem it necessary for couples that plan to marry in the church to undergo premarital counseling as a method of reducing the incidence of future divorces. There are several forms of premarital counseling. Some of the common forms of premarital counseling are group counseling sessions and individual counseling sessions. Group counseling sessions occur with a variety of different couples. Premarital counseling through the church is usually very organized and different relevant topics are discussed in each session.

Premarital counseling outside of church

It is possible to receive premarital counseling through a non-church related professional counselor. It is best to seek a counselor who specifically deals with couples. .

Premarital counseling offered by a church official is usually free. Premarital counseling offered by a non-church related professional counselor

If you are planning a church wedding, once the church has been booked for the wedding date you will then be told the time and place for your premarital counseling sessions.

It is important to be aware that premarital counseling differs from other forms of counseling. Premarital counseling is not a form of therapy. Premarital counseling classes are geared at teaching couples about to be married about the habits, skills, attitudes as well as enrichment techniques that studies have shown lead to marriages full of love, mutual respect and love as well as marriages that are enduring. Research studies looking at the effectiveness of premarital counseling classes have discovered that the risk of divorce is reduced by 30 percent when a couple takes the time to go for premarital counseling.

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