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What things should couples keep in mind before seeking premarital counseling?

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sparkle said on
They should keep in mind that by seeking premartial counseling they have already made the first step to a working relationship. Some people think that love is something that is given and nothing you have to work for. They are wrong.
loislane1234 said on
Their religious background, and if they would like to see a faith-based counselor.
happykid said on
Counseling requires vulnerability from both parties in order to be successful.
GREEN4 said on
Their religious background, and if they would like to see a faith-based counselor. They should also see someone who can address both deep relational issues as well as fun issues about love languages and how to pursue one another and have fun together. Counseling should be serious, but it should also be fun as you prepare for your new life together!
RAMIREZ said on
Counseling requires vulnerability from both parties in order to be successful. If both spouses aren't willing to open up and talk about their issues, fears, and dreams for marriage, the counselor cannot read their mind! Both individuals must be willing to disclose deep things about themselves in counseling.
Marriage.com said on
Many couples seek pre marital counseling because it is mandatory in their state or by their church, or they are pressured to do so. Those that enroll in counseling should still take the sessions very seriously and get as much out of the sessions as they possibly can. Others may have a sense of invincibility and feel in control. This phenomenon comes from the euphoria of being in love. Couples should bear in mind that premarital counseling does not guarantee their compatibility. It does not replace the work involved in a marriage, and it does not prevent future problems. Premarital counseling can help couples make discoveries about problem areas that could result in future disagreements, and it can teach them some communication tools for dealing with adversity. It can help them prepare for the future by setting goals and making certain commitments or negotiations going forward.  Couples should be as realistic and thoughtful as possible during the counseling process.
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