Lay the Foundation for a Happy Marriage
Congratulations on getting engaged!
It can be such an exciting time to plan a day centered on the love that you and your partner share for each other, surrounded by family and friends. Ironically, it can also be a time that causes a lot of tension between you and your partner.
Even the most committed couples can find that the demands of wedding planning can take its toll. Arguments can arise about any number of issues from the amount of time spent focusing on each other to money being spent on the wedding.
You might feel surprised if you've thought your communication skills were good, but now arguments that arise could have you questioning your compatibility and what marriage will be like. You want to feel confident that you and your partner can discuss any issue, big or small, especially with the divorce rates at 42%.
What if you could schedule a time to focus on your relationship, reducing stress, and improving conflict management skills while planning your wedding?
Premarital counseling is not usually required for non-religious ceremonies or unities, so it's up to the couple to take a proactive approach to lay the foundation for a happy marriage. My training is in evidence-based practices, so I do not advertise myself as a faith-based or Christian counselor, however, I am open to discussing religion and spirituality if it’s important to you.
Research shows that couples with premarital education reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and experienced a 30% decline in the likelihood of divorce over five years.
Benefits of premarital counseling with me include:
A thorough assessment of your relationship strengths and opportunities, using the Gottman Relationship Check-Up
Discussing big topics - finances, careers, sex, children, etc.
Learning or improving conflict management skills
Setting realistic expectations
Creating shared meaning in traditions, values, and goal
Together, we'll go through activities and tools to strengthen your relationship based on the book, "The Seven Principles of Making a Marriage Work" by Dr. John Gottman. And yes, I'll send you a copy of the book!