“’Til death do us part.” It’s a nice thought. Until about three years into the marriage when you realize you don’t really know the person you married.
Premarital counseling is a form of counseling offered by family therapists to help couples who are planning to marry. Premarital counseling is a great way for couples to identify and resolve any potential areas of conflict before tying the knot.
While licensed marriage and family counselors can provide this form of counseling, sometimes individuals may want to work with someone who shares their same faith. Since faith is such an integral part of people’s lives and relationships, it makes sense that couples would want to work with someone who shares and respects their religious and spiritual beliefs.
Here are some specific benefits of participating in premarital counseling with a faith-based counselor:
Every faith has its unique perspective on marriage and commitment. Marriage is not just about spending time with someone you like and find attractive, it’s about joining together in the eyes of God to build an anointed life together. A faith-based counselor can help you pinpoint the reason you two are committing to one another.
Raising Children in the Faith
If you don’t know exactly what you both believe and where your values lie, how will you successfully raise children? To raise happy and healthy children, parents must be in agreement and alignment with one another and with their holy texts.
Numerous surveys by counselors have uncovered a simple truth: communication problems are the number one factor leading to divorce. Premarital counseling can help couples identify what each other says and how they say it. Faith-based counseling takes it one step further and helps couples respect one another so that successful communication is more likely.
If you’re interested in exploring faith-based counseling, please get in touch with me.