What is pre-marital therapy or pre marriage counselling?
Traditionally this type of therapy has been referred to as pre-marital or couples therapy. A more contemporary title is relationship coaching. Premarital therapy or relationship counselling is a process that assists couples to prepare for marriage. Whereas, relationship coaching has the same premise but can be attended at any time. People can engage in this type of therapy before moving in together or at any significant transition in the relationship.
Relationship coaching is a preventative type of therapy that can strengthen and deepen your bond. Giving you both the best chance of having a happy and healthy relationship. Our overall well-being and happiness levels experienced in our daily lives is greatly influenced by the quality of our close and important relationships.
The below information will help you understand what to expect from couples therapy at our Melbourne practice.
Benefits of attending pre-marital or couples therapy
Engaging in pre-marital counselling sessions and couples therapy can highlight the strengths of your short or long term relationship along with calling out areas that may need refining. Identifying these areas can help partners to communicate better. Furthermore, have shared goals and mutual expectations of their forthcoming life together.
In addition, it can assist the couple in having a positive mindset about the future. Benefits are found in building on what you are doing well as a couple. Whilst also addressing areas of weakness. When working together with a therapist as the facilitator difficult topics can more easily be addressed.
Topics that may be discussed are:
- Conflict style
- Affection and sex
- Relationship issues
- Family planning
- Housework expectations
- Beliefs and values
- Roles within the couple
- Decision making processes
Why attend a pre-marital or couples therapy session?
Unfortunately, we are never formally taught how to have a great relationship. Or how to communicate in the most effective manner. Furthermore, how to transition from being a “me” to a “we”. Both partners bring their own history and experience of what relationships look like. Both spouses have ideals about what roles each should play within the relationship. It is not very often that these expectations marry up in perfect alignment.
Gaining a fundamental understanding of how to best function within a relationship can provide couples with an important starting point. From this platform couples can commence working towards their own version of a loving and unique relationship. Learning basic relationships skills early can significantly improve not only the quality of your intimate relationship but also other important relationships in our lives.
Our intimate relationships go through many significant transitions and these times can be made easier by having honest and open conversations. These conversations can be made easier by having them facilitated by a third party and engaging in pre-marital therapy or couples therapy.
Consider pre marriage counselling and couples therapy in Melbourne as the first step towards a healthier, happier and fulfilling life.
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