Getting engage and preparing for marriage is both exciting and daunting. It's a time where we often expect changes in our life, but are sometimes unprepared for the emotional challenges that will come with those changes. Research has shown that the average couple struggles with relationship strain for 6 years before seeking help!
Premarital counseling gives you the opportunity to explore issues that are already present or may come up in a safe environment. We also discuss communication strategies that work when the going gets tough. This process is formulated to help couples embarking on their lives together an opportunity to learn about each other and develop the internal resources and tools to navigate through difficult times when they arise.
I utilize the SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) assessment in premarital counseling sessions. This provides me, the therapist, and the couple with a comprehensive understanding of the strengths, challenges, and expectations that each partner is bringing into the relationship. It allows us to engage in conversations where you both can learn about each other and how to improve and strengthen the dynamics of your relationship in a practical manner.