Why do we need Premarital Counseling? Our relationship is great!
Premarital counseling is not for couples who need therapy, it is for people who take their commitment vows seriously.
Smart couples understand the magnitude of a long-term commitment, and are taking premarital classes in order to learn tools that will keep their marriage strong for many years.
Research shows that most couples don’t seek help until six years after problems are first noticed. Come in for two private 90 minute sessions to equip yourselves with information about what makes love last. Included in this course is a take-home guide with exercises to help resolve conflict and manage stress.
We’re in the middle of planning our wedding, isn’t this the worst time to uncover problems when everything is going so well?
Yes! That’s why we have no intention of looking for problems to dig up. We offer a tools-based approach that provides education about what makes marriage work and the skills for building a strong relationship.
Dr. John Gottman can predict divorce with over 90% accuracy as a result of a 30 year longitudinal study. One of the things we know from his research that couples are much more likely to stay happily married if they focus more on positives than negatives, so we follow that model in our premarital counseling classes at Main Line Counseling Partners.
What to Expect from Premarital Counseling
You and your partner will start with two private meetings with a relationship expert. In the first meeting you will learn what we know from the research about what makes marriage last. This includes providing you with some good habits to develop early and some tools to use if things start to go south. You will also learn what to expect during certain life-cycle transitions.
In the second meeting you will have an opportunity to discuss the specifics of your relationship and the therapist can guide you through the tools you’d like to practice step by step. Once this connection is built it is nice to know that you have a resource available to you for unforeseen circumstances in your relationship.
After the first two sessions you have the option to continue your work in any way that makes sense. Some couples add some private sessions on to deepen the work, and others come in 2-3 times per year to make sure the relationship continues to be strong.
Talk to Us About What You’re Looking For
We now have online schedule available. Use this link to schedule a 15 minute consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation:Click Here to Schedule a Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation
Or call Dr. Meghan Prato at 610-642-3359 X3
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