Being in an intimate relationship means bringing together two people who often come from quite different family systems. Meaning the way in which they view the world, communicate, and behave are created through their specific family systems. This also means you are likely to be in a relationship with someone whose temperament is different from your own, and understanding your spouse and your own unique temperament is essential to a healthy intimate relationship.
Couples counseling focuses on helping couples to understand one another; including their specific temperaments, communication styles and how these characteristics affect how they handle conflict. My goal as a therapist is to provide an atmosphere where couples can feel safe and comfortable sharing their personal experiences; while providing direction and support towards resolving the issues that cause distress in their relationship.
Marriage is a huge step in life so why not take the time to invest in the success of your marriage, and learn what to expect and how to handle possible issues that may arise.
Some areas that are covered in premarital counseling:
-Learning the differences between each other and how to handle the conflicts that may arise from these differences.
-Learning how to set boundaries and build trust in your relationship.
-Learning each others specific temperaments and the best ways to conflict resolution for your relationship.
-Understanding and meeting each others emotional needs and providing affirmation in your relationship.
-Identifying roles and expectations; such as parenting, finances, children, careers, beliefs, intimacy, support systems, responsibilities inside the home, and many other important topics.
-Learning how to communicate effectively and making decisions together.