Pre-Marital Couples Counseling
Are you in a committed relationship? Are you engaged to be married? Are you living together or in some way considering a “next step” with your intimate partner?
Many couples feel ready to take their relationship to a new level of commitment and connection, but recognize that it also holds potential challenges. “First time” changes, such as moving in together, relocating for school or work, or planning a wedding ceremony, can bring stress and strain. Or, conversations about what each of you wants life together to look like, may have you considering issues that are difficult to navigate on your own. Remarriage brings its own set of challenges for couples: understanding how to negotiate life with an ex-partner, how to blend families, and how to raise or parent a child as a step-parent, name but a few. Defining values and negotiating differences, are part of preparing for the reality of the “next step” that you are planning to take as a couple.
The good news is that with the help of a skilled, compassionate, and experienced couples therapist, you can learn how to clearly communicate together and resolve potential roadblocks to intimacy and happiness.
Surprises On The Road Ahead
One of the questions couples often ask is, “How will we navigate the unknowns of the future?” This is where knowledge of ourselves and how we communicate our feelings, needs, and wants is of great value. When you know what is important to you, you can share this with your partner in a way where both persons feel valued and important. Understanding and empathizing with each other’s experience, is a vital communication skill that supports the couple bond. So, while you do not know exactly what lies on the road ahead, you can learn the vital skills of communication that support your relationship and your dreams and goals as a couple. Learning and practicing communication skills are an important component of Pre-Marital Counseling at the Ann Arbor Couples Clinic.
Pre-Marital Counseling at Ann Arbor Couples Clinic is also an excellent way to look more closely at the strengths and potential vulnerabilities that are present in your relationship. When you learn to solve problems by being present to your own emotions and those of your partner, you create a collaborative effort that marks enduring emotional intimacy. This intimacy gives you resilience and support in the face of the normal and inevitable life challenges.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or discuss any questions you may have about Pre-Marital Couples Counseling, please call 734-417-9522. I try to return voicemail and email within 24 hours.