Now with premarital counseling online you don't need a crystal ball to predict your future marital happiness.
Before your vows, know your strengths and weaknesses as a couple.
All couples have challenges, but how you manage them really matters.
The best time to help yourselves after marriage is to work on your relationship during courtship.
We have over 40 years of research that gives us confident in our personally-tailored answers.
You may find tons of downloadable ebooks and CDs offered to engaged couples. This general advice can be had for less than $50.
But buyer beware! "Common sense" isn't helpful in understanding today's relationship dynamics.
If you've done the free or simple programs that teach you general tools to make your marriage last, take one extra step before your wedding day:
Do an online premarital assessment as well.
Our online premarital counseling assessment asks you each over 800 targeted questions that help you hone in on your exact trouble spots.
What's more, you'll be offered a precise blueprint for exactly how to work on each of them, session-by-session. You can decide to tackle the most troublesome now, or work on all of them before the marriage.
Couples attending premarital counseling reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and experience a 30% decline in the likelihood of divorce over a five year period.
You can find great psycho-educational programs that offer free or nearly free online premarital counseling. Power of Two, for example was developed by a grant from the US Federal Government. It is scientifically proven to improve marriage. For $20 a month you can chat with a coach and digest DVD's and books. It offers a 3-day free trial.
It's not, however, private online premarital counseling tailored to your particular relationship dynamics. While expense may block some couples from getting private help, you can now complete a premarital counseling assessment online for as little as $119 per hour.
Online premarital counseling is a safe and convenient way to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a couple. Nowadays, most couples are comfortable with online options for premarital counseling. As long as you have a laptop with a camera, it works quite well.
Seven states encourage premarital preparation, typically to be completed six-to twelve-months before the wedding. These requirements range from 4-12 hours of premarital counseling with a "qualified professional." Most formal secular and faith-based premarital counseling programs that explore common goals and differences also range from 4-12 hours.
Our assessment is 6 hours. Continue onto actual marriage counseling to make up the remaining hours if needed.
Six states in the USA incentivize engaged couples to take premarital counseling. Online marriage counseling is an option.
These states are:
The incentive goes like this: Do premarital counseling and you'll get a fee-reduction on your marital license ranging from 30% to 100% off of your license, depending upon the state. For example, in Georgia, take 6 hours of premarital counseling and get your marriage license for free!
As a rule, the couple pays. You may choose to pay for private premarital counseling from a therapist, or consider local low-cost or free community based options, religious or secular. Expect to pay between $50-$199 per hour. Ask the counselor if a sliding scale is available.
Our 6-hour assessment is priced at three tiers, depending upon the experience and degree of the therapist: $119, $159, or $199 per hour. For this fee, you'll have your own licensed marriage counseling specialist working with you in 3 two-hour sessions, both separately and together. It can be completed in as quickly as three weeks.
In the last of the three sessions, your trained couples therapist will outline exactly the areas of your relationship that need strengthening, and which areas are particularly strong.
Your work will have a laser focus only on the areas you'd like to work on before your wedding. You'll know what aspects of your relationship need to be tended to and in a session or two, you can direct your attention to those particular areas.
It's science-based work with over 40 years of research behind it.
Our incredibly powerful consultation tool was given the name by one of our clients. It is called The BIG BIG Book. This is the most thorough assessment of your relationship dynamics you will find ANYWHERE.
And you complete it online!
You'll each get your own BIG BIG Book to complete on your own, then you choose one of our experienced Couples Therapists, who'll get to know you, as an individual and as a couple. Premarital Counseling Online that is science-based and reliable.
They will get to know you as a couple intimately and you can rely on them for help throughout your marriage life.
This is not a quick, general online survey. Its personalized, tailored, and focused specifically on you, as individuals and as a loving pair.
...and notice the difference in how you relate, BEFORE the wedding.
These suggestions that will help you get on and stay on the path to becoming the "Masters of Marriage."
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