Premarital Counselling - Coquitlam - Metro Vancouver Area
Planning for your wedding is an exciting task, but even more important is planning for the years of marriage ahead. I consider premarital counselling an essential part of getting your relationship started off on the right foot as you look forward to your life together. In the last 42 years of practice and 40 years of marriage I have been passionately and successfully helping couples prepare for a positive 'forever' marriage experience.
What is premarital counselling?
Should we still seek premarital counselling even if we feel happy about our relationship?
When two people join their lives together, they create a unique set of strengths and potential challenges that will have an impact on their relationship to potentially follow them throughout their lives. Marriage is literally two people coming together to become one, coming from very different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences. These differences in expectations, feelings, morals, attitudes and standards often trigger negative emotions and create conflict.
The purpose of premarital counselling is to help couples gain greater insight and awareness of all the issues involved in a healthy, interpersonal relationship so they can prepare for and find ways of dealing with them to build a foundation for a very strong and happy marriage together.
What happens in Premarital Counselling?
We then discuss if there are areas in the relationship that need extra work, possible counselling approaches and assess your comfort level with future sessions. This is also a time for me to assess if I can be effective in working with you as a couple. In most instances I will be able to estimate the number of sessions required (average 5 - 10) and answer any other questions that you may have.
Premarital sessions will be tailored to your particular situation and goals, with attention to any areas of concern that emerge in the first interview and in the assessment process.
Typical pre-marital topics include:
There are many inventories that can be helpful as assessment tools and are tailored to you individual needs.
My role as a counsellor is to facilitate open, in-depth discussions between you and your partner within these areas, help you learn tools for communication to create a strong marriage and intimacy and plan ways to deal with any potential relationship challenges.
We strongly recommend a 6 month follow-up session after the wedding and then an annual marriage check-up session thereafter. Being proactive can catch the potentially damaging issues in a relationship before they actually do any real, significant harm. An annual marriage check-up can help maintain a healthy, more satisfying, passionate and exciting marriage.
Can we focus on specific issues without having to go through a set program?
How Can I Book an Appointment?
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