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Premarital Counseling

in
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Premarital Counseling is a great way for engaged couples to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.

To help you succeed in marriage, I have a few professional suggestions for you and your fiance' as you seek the right premarital counselor.

Who

I recommend that every couple anticipating marriage should seek premarital counseling. Every couple is prone to "Rose Colored Glasses". A trained professional should be able to objectively help you identify and improve any problem areas in your relationship.

What

premarital counseling sessions should have some degree of structure, but allow for enough flexiblity for the counselor to focus on relationship areas which need strenghtening. Many counselors use (and should) an online assessment, such as the Prepare/Enrich Assessment. There is a cost for the assessment, but it will give the counselor a great snapshot of your relationship dynamics (the good and the ugly). Many counselors will use this assessment to guide future sessions, focusing mostly on what relationship dynamics need improvement to optimize marital happiness. Anticipate homework after each session.

When

It is best to start 4-6 months before the wedding, allowing plenty of flexibility in your schedule for a total of 6 - 8 sessions. However, if you find yourself rushed with only 1-2 months before the wedding, simply make sure you inform the counselor in the beginning. Sometimes counselors will recommend a final session after the wedding, known as a "follow-up".

Where

You should consider either:
1) a Licensed Counselor who emphasizes in Marriage/Premarital Counseling
2) a Pastor of a Fayetteville, AR church who has a reputation for his premarital counseling skills



If you haven't found a quality premarital counselor in Northwest Arkansas consider giving my office a call:


Still Waters Family Counseling

Focuses Include: Premarital Counseling, Couples Counseling, & Stress
Pre-Marital Counseling is interchangeable with Premarital Counseling and Premarriage Counseling
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