Many people think premarital counseling is only for certain couples. However, any couple can gain valuable skills and strategies. Here are just some of the many benefits of premarital counseling.

Think of your relationship “as a piece of machinery” — “Even those that run well require regular maintenance.” (Victoria Brodersen, LMFTA)

The Goal of Premarital Counseling

The goal of premarital counseling is to you navigate important questions about your life together. It’ll help you and your fiance talk about the importance of marriage in your lives and what you’d like your marriage to look like.

Another benefit is that you learn how to communicate and resolve conflict. Your counselor will lead you through discussions on hot button topics, such as money, sex, in-laws, parenting styles, and religion.

By the end of the program, you will have a more in-depth understanding of your partner. You’ll feel like you are starting your life and marriage on the same page.

Topics You’ll Discuss

Premarital counseling can help couples improve their relationships before marriage. You’ll be encouraged to discuss topics related to marriage, such as:

  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Beliefs and values
  • Roles in marriage
  • Affection and sex
  • Desire to have children
  • Family relationships
  • Decision-making
  • Dealing with anger
  • Time spent together

Keep in mind that you bring your own values, opinions, and history into a relationship, and they might not always match your partner’s.

The Benefits of Premarital Counseling

Premarital Counseling helps you better understand your motivations for getting married, which might include building a family, increasing commitment to each other, and creating a future together. It also helps you recognize what you want from a partnership and identify your needs.

Other benefits include: improving your ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage, and develop conflict-resolution skills. Also, it can help you establish a positive attitude about seeking help down the road.

Premarital Counseling Services

Eagle Family Ministries is passionate about working with premarital couples. Relationship coach, Steve Tucker, has worked with premarital couples for over 30 years. He is a certified Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) Assessment facilitator. Steve uses this tool to help you understand your unique relationship strengths and weaknesses. Contact him today to get started planning your life together.