3 Reasons to Invest in Premarital Counseling

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There are so many details that go into planning on wedding.  There are many decisions to be made, some significant and some seemingly insignificant.  When it comes to making the decision to attend premarital counseling, take some time to consider it.  You might not remember all the different flowers that made up your bouquet or what color the programs were, but chances are, you will still be utilizing some of the skills you learned in premarital counseling years later. So when it comes to your wedding budget, don’t forget to invest in the future of your relationship.

Here at Liminal Space Counseling, the Premarital Counseling package includes six counseling sessions and the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory. PREPARE/ENRICH is the number one research based couples assessment that covers 12 relationship scales to determine a couple’s strength and growth areas, personality scales, couple and family maps, and more. Consider the following three reasons why you should attend premarital counseling:

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  1. Premarital counseling utilizing the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment can reduce your chances of divorce by as much as 30%. Sometimes having a third party present can reduce the anxiety of talking about hard stuff. Even if you are not initially thrilled with the growth areas that come up on the inventory, by talking through the issues in counseling, you can improve your relationship and communication. Most couples find they significantly improve the majority of the categories in the inventory and their overall relationship satisfaction after attending just 3-5 premarital counseling sessions.

  2. You can increase your communication skills and conflict resolution skills. When married couples are seeking counseling, communication and conflict resolution come up over and over again as the main reasons behind why they are seeking counseling.  It never hurts to boost communication skills and have more tools in your tool belt when it comes to resolving disagreements.  After all, 70% of all communication is miscommunication. There are bound to be bumps along the road with your partner, and having practical skills to handle issues that arise can make all the difference.

  3. In Premarital Counseling, you and your fiancé can celebrate the strengths you bring to each other as well as share your past, present, and future successes with one another. The PREPARE/ENRICH inventory is great in that it highlights your strengths as a couple, not just your growth areas. It can be empowering to get feedback about your compatibility as a couple and emphasize where you and your fiancé work really well together. Premarital counseling can be a space where you slow down in the midst of the busy season of wedding planning when stress can be high, and face your partner.  A space where you can tell them what you appreciate about them and how they enhance your life.  It can be a space to reminisce about the past in retelling your love story and remind each other what drew you to one another in the first place.  Finally, premarital counseling can be a space to dream about the future, such as family planning, buying a house together, or future dream vacations. 

 So don't forget to add Premarital Counseling into your wedding planning and invest in the future of your relationship in order to reduce your chances of divorce, increase communication and conflict resolution skills and focus on your strengths and successes as a couple. 

Contact 651-605-6022, analisa@liminalspacecounseling.com or fill out a form today to schedule your Premarital Counseling in the Twin Cities. If you complete Premarital counseling, you will qualify your for a discount on your marriage license! Click here for more information.