Premarital counseling helps partners improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage and develop conflict-resolution skills. In addition, premarital counseling can help couples establish a positive attitude about seeking help with their marriages down the road.

You bring your own values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they might not always match your partner’s. In addition, many people go into marriage believing it will fulfill their social, financial, sexual and emotional needs – and that’s not always the case. By discussing differences and expectations before marriage, you and your partner can better understand and support each other during marriage.

Premarital counseling helps couples improve their relationships before marriage. Through premarital counseling, couples are encouraged to discuss a wide range of important and intimate topics related to marriage, such as:

  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Beliefs and values
  • Roles in marriage
  • Affection and sex
  • Children and parenting
  • Family relationships (including in-laws)
  • Decision making
  • Dealing with anger
  • Time spent together
  • Handling wedding stress
Sacramento Therapist - Kathleen Oravec, LMFT - Premarital Counseling

Premarital Counseling for Wedding Stress

One of the largest causes of wedding stress is trying to keep up with social and personal expectations. Trying to mesh your ideas of a perfect wedding while also trying to “follow the rules” and trying to keep up with family members’ and friends’ ideals is certainly a stressful task.

Another cause of stress in wedding planning is the quest for perfection. All couples want their wedding to match their view of a perfect event. Though this seems like a minor cause of stress, many couples take their quest too far. Unfortunately, while in the midst of matching the dresses to the bouquets, you’ll start to feel a bit overwhelmed.

Control is a big issue and one that can’t always be avoided. Whether it’s because of monetary concerns or because of “keeping the peace”control of the planning process is often a responsibility of someone other than the couple. This can cause stress in many different ways and manners. This is also an issue that causes problems in other areas, such as: family relations, feeling left-out, communication, and so on.

Premarital Counseling Appointments in Sacramento

I would like to help you navigate your way from your engagement to your walk down the aisle to truly enjoy your day and life ever after. Give me a call at 916-714-0750 for a free, 15-minute telephone consultation to discover how you can benefit from my premarital counseling services.