You have already set yourselves apart from most couples by showing interest in learning about relationships and exploring options for starting your marriage on strong foundation. You are on your way to building better relationship satisfaction from the start!
Successful lifelong relationships may look like they happen naturally when two people are right for each other, but in reality, lasting relationships require hard work, patience, intentionality, and relationship know-how. If you want to learn the skills for building lifelong relationships and would rather avoid the school of hard knocks then this is the right place for you.
There are many misconceptions about premarital counseling and before we get into what it is, we should talk about what it IS NOT;
- Premarital counseling is not a pass/fail type of test or program. (there are no test - you can't fail)
- Premarital counseling is not intended to determine whether a couple is compatible.
( that's for you to decide, besides even the most incompatible couple can have a successful relationship - they just have to work harder at it.)
- Premarital counseling is not just for religious couples. You do not have to be part of any particular religion to benefit from premarital counseling.
Many couples miss out on the benefits of premarital counseling because they mistakenly believe that premarital counseling is about rigid rules and about meeting certain standards. Effective premarital counseling is not about anything of this sort. - It's all about getting a better understanding of what you can expect being married to your partner and about how you can keep your relationship growing and thriving for a long long time.
So What is Premarital Counseling About?
Premarital counseling will help you and your partner gain a better understanding of yourselves as you are in this relationship and also help each of you learn more about your partners deep desires and needs. These are things that don't tend to come up in general conversation, but they are really important to for forming lifelong relationships. Additionally, you will learn relationship maintenance skills and relational troubleshooting skills so that when future challenges arise in your marriage, you will be equipped to recognize problems early and will have the confidence to tackle them head on.
The PREPARE/ENRICH premarital program and the SYMBIS Assessment are the two most widely used premarital programs. Both of these programs begin with a thorough research based assessment to identify the unique patterns in the relationship. The results of the assessment are then unpacked with a counselor over about six sessions. Each of the sessions will focus on separate relationship components such as communication, expectations, personality and many more.
You can check out the two short videos below to get a better idea of what PREPARE/ENRICH and SYMBIS are like from couples who went through the programs.
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