Love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure, and commitment offers one of the great luxuries of life: time. Marriage is not the end of romance, it is the beginning.
— Esther Perel

Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is a great way to strengthen any relationship. It provides a solid foundation for your future and is great for those who are engaged or thinking of engagement. Premarital counseling lasts 4-8 sessions depending on how many topics are covered and what issues need to be resolved. Premarital counseling uses therapeutic techniques but is more focused on exploring topics in a safe space.  It also works on building secure attachment and trust to have a solid foundation.  Most sessions include activities that help the couple discuss each theme.  Premarital Assessment questionnaire is also available for $35.  Anita is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and can provide feedback and extra support based off the couples results. Group sessions are available as well for a discounted rate. Groups are beneficial for those who are looking for the skills and are open to learning from others.  Groups help normalize some of the common fears (wedding stress, family and getting annoyed with your partner) and can be a fun way to make new friends who are in the same stage in life.  Please look at the group page for more information.   

Premarital topics

  • Marriage: What does marriage mean to you?

  • Secure Functioning: Strengthening the connection and foundation of your relationship

  • Family and healthy boundaries: What role do in-laws play in your life?

  • Traditions: What traditions do you want to create or continue?  

  • Communication and conflict resolution:  How to fight well and resolve difficulties that will arise in your relationship 

  • Finances: How do each of you view money? What system works for you?

  • Children: How will you transition into becoming parents? What does family life look like for each of you?

  • Future plans and retirement: What are your dreams for the future? How will your life look as you age?

  • Intimacy: Sexual health and Sustainability

  • Religion: Personal beliefs 

  • Leisure & Friendships: What activities do both of you like to do & how well do you get along with each other's friends?

  • Personality & Stress profile:  How does your personality and level of stress impact the relationship?  Learn how to avoid common problems that could arise in your relationship.  

  • Cultural DifferencesIn what ways did your upbringing impact you?  Explore areas that come up during marriage for cross cultural relationships

  • Any other topics relevant to you

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