This can be one of the most underutilized tools used by people interested in getting married. Data suggests 44% to 65% of people believe premarital counseling is important, but less actually sign up. Only 1% of those getting remarried seek this resource. Most of us believe love is all you need. As the 80’s Lionel Ritchie hit song titled, “Love Will Find a Way” is in full effect. Although love is important, it will take other competencies to enhance the love you have for each other.
Premarital counseling pays dividends! Reports show from 30% to 50% of couples who engaged in premarital counseling escaped divorce. Why? Often the “love bug” blinds us to the necessary depth of conversations needed to prepare for married life. As Dr. Phil stated on the Oprah Winfrey show over 20 years ago, “people spend more time planning their wedding than they do their life together.” Profound. Love plus preparation (and a few other things) can help your marriage start out – and remain – on the good foot.
We will review the results of your assessment and discuss strategies to close any gaps. There are 15 different topics scored and reviewed to include developing vision and/or mission statements. Coming in at .5% to less than 1% the cost of a typical wedding, it is well worth the investment.
Also being a therapist vs. a coach or pastor, I can spot and explore other issues that may need to be addressed clinically and via your insurance. This can enhance even more the success of your premarital investment!
Remember that love does not build skills! Call to ask questions about what this investment can look like for your marriage.