Pre-Marital & Pre-Commitment Therapy in Seattle, WA
Your relationship can color so many aspects of your life. It’s important to make sure it’s on solid ground when you are taking steps toward a greater commitment.
If marriage or another type of relationship commitment is in your future, counseling can help you make it more successful and fulfilling. The strategies I teach are easy to learn and can be applied for a lifetime.
No Couple Wants to Be a Statistic
Research shows that couples who attend therapy often do so about six years later than they needed the help, a sad and frustrating statistic. Many couples could have avoided years of heartache and anger by having come to therapy sooner.
If only we had mandatory classes on healthy relationships! Couples could learn some basic skills and approaches to inevitable relationship challenges, heading off the distress often experienced without this type of guidance.
While pre-marital or pre-commitment counseling certainly isn’t mandatory, it is a good idea. It’s easy to get upset and off-track when approaching many of the topics couples who are considering a greater commitment face. Some of these complicated subjects include sex, money, and children.
An experienced counselor can help guide you and your partner’s conversation and make sure that each of you feels heard, understood, and validated. We help you put into place some approaches to common challenges, both current and awaiting in a couple's future, that help couples live together long into the future feeling connected, safe, seen, and valued.
What Is Covered in Pre-Marital/Pre-Commitment Counseling?
What we will cover will depend a lot on you and your partner, the length of time you wish to spend, and the goals that we identify during our time together. Typical topics include:
- Communication and conflict-resolution skills
- Emotional connections and safety
- Resentment avoidance
- Values, goals, and life purpose
- Fear reduction around marriage or commitment
- Common relationship/marriage pitfalls and how to avoid them
- Sexual intimacy issues
- Spirituality and religion
Typically, pre-marital/pre-commitment therapy runs for six to eight sessions although you may wish to do more or less. During each session, I’ll provide you and your partner with tools and strategies that you can immediately implement to help nurture and support the connection you have with each other.
Earlier Is Better
While a skilled relationship therapist can help a couple at any stage of their relationship, there’s no question that it is much easier for partners to make positive changes earlier on, before unhealthy habits can form or persist over time.
Early intervention greatly reduces the pain and resentment that costs so many couples years of happiness. An investment in preventive therapy will pay off for years down the road!
Call My Seattle Counseling Office
Congratulations on your decision to take the next step in your relationship! I’d love to help you make it, and keep it, amazing.
Call Clarity Counseling Seattle, located on Westlake Avenue North, just minutes from downtown Seattle, to schedule your first appointment or ask any questions you may have.