Why should you go to premarital counseling before saying “I do”?

couple placing wedding bands on each other at the wedding

couple placing wedding bands on each other at the wedding

Premarital counseling at LIIST utilizes the well-respected and evidence-based assessment and interventions called PREPARE.

PREPARE adapts and reacts to the changing reality of relationships through continued research and development of assessment versions and resources.  The reliability of the assessment and feedback guided by your therapist help couples strengthen and enrich their relationships.

Committed couples gain a deeper understanding of dynamics, personality, stress, and strength and growth areas.

PREPARE begins with an assessment that provides you and your therapist with satisfaction levels in 12 relationship categories.  Couples gain personalized insights into relationship dynamics, commitment levels, personality, spiritual beliefs, and family systems.

Reduce Divorce.

Preparing couples for marriage is important, so important that it has been found to reduce the rate of divorce by 30%.  Premarital counseling, coaching, and education are investments in your couples’ futures, investments you shouldn’t risk to pass up.  This is marriage after all!

Personalized Support.

PREPARE questions and therapy are based on each couple’s unique background and are tailored for previous marriage, children, age, living arrangement, and more.  You will be accurately supported in your premarital counseling.

couple placing hands together to make a heart of love

couple placing hands together to make a heart of love

Encourage Conversation. 

No need to sweat the small stuff, we have you covered.  Using a personalized assessment at the beginning of the premarital journey will provide you with a clear view of their relationship.  This tailored approach will allow you to get to know yourselves as a couple on a deeper level and will make counseling feel easy.

Enhance Relationship Skills. 

Premarital counseling will provide you with skill-building exercises to help you strengthen your relationship.  Developing skills such as assertive communication and active listening will allow you to support growth in all areas of your relationship.

Learn more about Crystal Russell, LIIST’s primary PREPARE therapist!

information adapted from PREPARE/ENRICH