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Premarital Counseling - Get A Jump Start On Your Marriage

Author : Stephen Daniels

In addition to the perfect wedding dress and a smooth reception, there's a lot to consider before marriage. In the midst of all the excitement of wedding day, something often gets overlooked - your relationship. It's what made that special day possible in the first place. And at the outset of a lifelong commitment, it's easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed. Premarital counseling for couples and individuals can provide the support necessary to get you and your partner off on the right foot.

A couple should seek help from a psychologist anytime they feel things getting difficult, but the optimal window for premarital counseling is 6 -12 months before the wedding day. That way, as the anxiety and anticipation surrounding the big day approaches, you will both know how to work through it together.

Premarital counseling is especially important for couples who are young or have failed past relationships; it helps them understand what to expect, since many marriage problems that arise are unanticipated. In addition, anyone trying to correct severe behavioral patterns as a result of emotional, physical or sexual abuse should always consider addressing them before beginning a new life inside of marriage.

There are many places that can help you both get on the same page before tying the knot. A good place to start is with psychologists who specialize in marriage counseling. Also, premarital counseling is sometimes offered through religious institutions. In fact, some spiritual leaders even require it before conducting the wedding ceremony. But what's most important is that you take your time; you both need to feel comfortable with the life-changing choice you are about to make.

Premarital counseling typically takes the form of 5-7 meetings with a professional. Each partner is usually asked to answer what is called a premarital assessment questionnaire. It identifies strengths and weaknesses, as well as potential problem areas. The goal is to foster not only mindfulness of these issues, but also the ability to address your concerns proactively. Sometimes, partners are asked to discuss areas of common unhappiness or disagreement and to set goals for overcoming those challenges.

Of course, you must both take the sessions seriously. Honestly discuss with each other both the positive and negative aspects of your upbringing. This can be difficult work, but premarital counseling can really help ensure that you and your partner have a strong and healthy relationship. The marriage, after all, is merely a symbol of such dedication to one another.

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Stephen Daniels is an acclaimed internet marketing strategist. If you seek San Clemente marriage counseling, he recommends Professional Psychology Co. With confidential and personalized counseling services, this therapist helps individuals, couples and families in south Orange County address a variety of issues.

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