When most people think about couples counseling, they see it as a tool to navigate struggling relationships and marriages. Many people wait until the burden of their marital issues becomes too heavy to seek guidance and support.

When it comes to our physical health, most people are familiar with the concept of preventative care. We attend regular check-ups with our doctors, practice good nutrition, and overall try to keep our bodies healthy in an effort to minimize the possible risk of harm or illness. The same concept of preventative care can be applied in romantic relationships.

Why wait until your ship is sinking to call for help when you can reinforce it along the way?

Premarital counseling is a great tool to help you and your partner build a strong foundation for your relationship. It allows you to work on the skills necessary for a healthy relationship as well as provide you an opportunity to address issues before they become distressing. Research supports premarital counseling, showing that “couples who receive premarital counseling have a thirty percent lower divorce rate than couples who do not receive any” (Scott Stanley, The Marriage Project).

When couples engage in premarital counseling, they are establishing a positive connection with asking for help, and are more likely to seek and accept help with their relationship further down the road.

Premarital counseling is beneficial in:
  • Improving communication skills.
  • Setting realistic expectations for the relationship and the future.
  • Providing an opportunity to address common issues.
  • Allowing partners to learn new things about each other and themselves.
  • Improving conflict management skills.
  • Discussing key topics in the relationship ex. Finances, religion, children, etc.

Instead of using therapy as a last resort when you’re nearing the end of your marriage, start building a healthy and strong foundation through premarital counseling. Get in touch today if you need Premarital Counseling in Winter Park. We are here to help you live a constantly healthy lifestyle.

This article was contributed by UCF Clinical Psychology student, Mileydy Morales

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