Whether you call it "marriage," "civil union," "holy union," or "gett'n hitched," great relationships are built intentionally. Our pre-commitment counseling addresses common topics such as communication, forgiveness, "fighting fair," extended family, finances, sexual intimacy, and hopes, dreams, and goals.
Our experienced counselors structure your time together taking into consideration your individual personalities, how your personalities relate, and any challenges unique to your situation. This is not one-size-fits-all counseling. In six to ten sessions together, we seek to prevent problems, and teach you how to work through tough issues and conflict.
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We also address how to manage the stresses of planning and preparing for your commitment service, helping ensure your special day will be meaningful, memorable, and fun. We even offer service planning assistance to help the ceremony reflect your personalities and commitment. Getting ready for your big day should not only include careful attention to the day of the service and celebration, but also the many days that make up a great life together.
Contact us to discuss how you and your partner can benefit from pre-commitment counseling.
We look forward to working with you and wish you a happy and fulfilling life together.
What does premarital counseling entail?
During premarital counseling sessions you will learn:
- Communication skills
- How to discuss touchy subjects
- How to avoid arguments over money, chores, sex and so on
- How to fight in a fair way that doesn't cause longterm damage to the relationship
- What to do when the love starts to fade
- How to sustain a longterm commitment to each other
- How to grow as individuals and as a couple.
Establish connection rituals
It is good to begin the relationship on a sound footing. Talk about how you can make each other feel loved. Will you kiss each other goodbye when you leave for work? Or will you have a long hug when you reunite after your working days? By making it a routine, it makes it easier, but the effect can be deep nonetheless.
People have different ways to express love. It is important to do things that have meaning to both of you.
Premarital counseling for LGBTQ couples
No matter the gender of the individuals in a couple, premarital counseling can still be useful. So whether you are a gay or lesbian couple or trans couple, you still need to learn more about how relationships work and how to make them last.
You still need to learn how to set the ground rules for the relationship so that both parties are satisfied. This will help you to avoid all the issues that can arise going forward. At Ardent Counseling Center we have therapists that also have experience in counseling LGBTQ couples.
Adjusting for merged families and step-families
When you are marrying someone who already has a family from a previous relationship, extra care has to be taken. At Ardent Counseling Center we have a number of therapists that provide family counseling. They can help to make sure that all members of the new family will feel respected and loved.
We also provide co-parenting counseling so that you can still maintain good relationships with the parents of previous relationships with whom you share custody of children.
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