Premarital Counseling services offered in Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside CA and Las Vegas NV
Premarital Counseling is for anyone who’s already in a relationship or thinking about committing to one for a long period. Fortunately, guidance is available at High Desert Psychological Services via an experienced team of behavioral health professionals who provide Premarital Counseling at locations in Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside, California. Call the nearest office today or request an appointment online for Premarital Counseling.
Premarital Counseling Q & A
What is premarital counseling?
Premarital counseling is a specialized type of therapy for couples considering a long-term commitment. Though many couples seek premarital counseling before marriage, anyone who’s already in a relationship or thinking about committing to one can benefit from therapy.
The goal of premarital counseling is to build a foundation that helps ensure a successful, long-lasting partnership or marriage. To reach that goal, you discuss important life issues. In the process, you and your partner either get on the same page or have a clear understanding of your differences.
What are the benefits of premarital counseling?
Everyone brings their own history and experiences into a relationship. Sometimes you aren’t aware of the impact your past has on the way you interact and communicate with your partner. In many cases, you have ingrained habits, ways of thinking, and emotional reactions that may not nurture a strong, caring relationship.
One of the benefits of premarital counseling is learning more about yourself and each other and recognizing potential areas of conflict before they cause significant problems.
Other benefits include:
Understanding each person’s expectations about marriage
Building mutual goals together
Addressing significant differences
Learning how to communicate
Learning conflict resolution skills
Working through your potential conflicts before marriage
Learning how to make decisions together
Identifying issues that often lead to conflict down the road
All couples face major life issues that commonly cause future conflict. Talking about them now paves the way for a solid future. These issues revolve around having children, parenting styles, finances, career goals, dividing household chores, and choosing where to live, to name just a few.
What should I expect during premarital counseling?
Premarital counseling tends to be different from other types of therapy because its goal is to uncover and discuss your personal topics and issues.
Your therapist may want to meet with each partner individually before everyone gets together. Or they may give each partner a questionnaire to complete. Both approaches give the therapist the opportunity to learn about each person’s issues, concerns, beliefs, and goals.
Though there are some therapeutic approaches to premarital counseling, many therapists take a direct approach by asking questions that trigger a discussion. They guide the conversation, ensuring that you can be open and honest in a neutral, supportive environment.
If you’re ready to schedule premarital counseling, call High Desert Psychological Services or request an appointment online today.