Premarital counselling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage or long-term cohabitation. It helps to ensure that you and your partner have a strong healthy relationship giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying union.
It can also help you identify weaknesses that could become problems during your life together.
Couples are encouraged to discuss topics related to their lives together such as effective communication, beliefs and values, finances, roles within the relationship, intimacy and sex, children and parenting, family relationships, decision making, dealing with anger, conflict resolution skills and time spent together.
You bring your own values, opinions and history into the relationship. By discussing differences and expectations before cohabiting, you and your partner can better understand and support each during your journey together.
Early intervention is important because the risk of divorce/separation is the highest earlier on in the relationship.
Partners seeking counselling may also find that premarital counselling can help them better understand their expectations about the relationship and address any significant differences in a safe and neutral environment.