Premarital Counseling

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Premarital counseling is practical advice given to a couple in preparation for marriage. Experts say that couples who attend premarital counseling are less likely to get divorced. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about premarital counseling in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage.

Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. Premarital counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that could become problems during marriage.

Premarital counseling is often provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists. These therapists have graduate or postgraduate degrees and many choose to become credentialed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Premarital counseling might be offered through religious institutions as well. In fact, some spiritual leaders require premarital counseling before conducting a marriage ceremony.

Premarital counseling can help couples improve their relationships before marriage. Through premarital counseling, couples are encouraged to discuss topics related to marriage, such as finances, beliefs and values, roles in marriage, children and parenting, and sex.

Premarital counseling helps partners improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage and develop conflict-resolution skills.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.