When a couple becomes engaged they are making the decision to take their relationship to the next level. This is serious and should not be taken lightly. Church members are required to participate in pre-marital counseling prior to saying “I DO” if they want their pastor, priest, or bishop to marry them. Troy and I engaged in marital counseling and I learned a lot about him, and myself. If you are not a member of a church you can sign up for pre-marital counseling with a licensed professional. Some people go through their insurance or employee assistance program for a reference. However, most churches require couples to participate in pre-marital counseling within the church prior to performing the wedding ceremony.
I scheduled group counseling sessions through our church, and with a licensed therapist. Both types are rewarding and I always say the more counseling the better. Marriage is a major step, and it’s important to go through the proper channels to understand what marriage entails. Every therapist and marriage counselor facilitator will have different opinions but it’s good to be open and hear from people with experience.
Tips for Marital Therapy
- Take notes
- Ask questions no matter how silly you think they sound
- Get involve with assignments
- Have fun