Marriage is one of the most significant relationships we will ever undertake. The excitement of saying ‘yes’ to a lifetime together can, at some point, give way to the reality of ‘how’ are we going to actually do this?!
Some people seek out pre-marital counselling as a way to build confidence that they are doing the right thing and that they are really ready to make the commitment to marry. Others are looking for specific coaching about better communication strategies. Still other couples may need to sort out complex generational and cultural issues before walking down the aisle. Whatever the goal, a few hours of counselling can be an important investment to ensure the success of your marriage.
Whether it is your first marriage, or you are taking another run at things, planning for a better outcome than previous commitments, pre-marital counselling can be helpful. Exploring areas of potential conflict before they actually show up can give couples a sense of confidence that they will be able to handle whatever comes up. Taking the time to address issues that you hope will go away once you actually marry (they won’t!), will give you the best chance to experience the ‘wedded bliss’ that we all hope for.
Many of us spend countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars on our dream ‘wedding’ but precious few resources on the beautiful ‘marriage’ we so dearly hope for. One of these events is over in the blink of an eye. The other will hopefully be around for decades. It makes sense to take a bit of time and learn some of the skills that will ensure our long term happiness with the partner we have chosen.
Pre-Marital Counselling can help with:
- Learning how to talk to one another
- Learning how to listen
- Setting boundaries with extended family
- Decisions about when to have / whether to have children
- Negotiating how and where to live
- Conversations about money
- Conflict resolution
- Discussions about intimacy
- Building support within communities
- Many other issues which contribute to healthier, long term relationships
At Jericho Counselling, we believe that a few sessions of Pre-Marriage Counselling can address the issues that will make a big difference in years to come. When you are ready to take a break from planning your wedding day, why not spend a bit of time planning for your happy years of marriage?!