IS PREMARITAL COUNSELING EFFECTIVE?
Absolutely! Research by Jason S. Carroll, assistant professor of marriage, family, and human development at Brigham Young University, reviewed 23 studies on the effectiveness of premarital counseling and found that the average couple who participates in a premarital counseling and education program reports a 30% stronger marriage than other couples.
He stated in a news release. "They feel a higher sense of partnership and report a higher level of adjustment to married life than couples who did not receive premarital education."
CAN PREMARITAL COUNSELING PREVENT DIVORCE?
No, it unfortunately cannot prevent divorce, but it can significantly reduce the rate of divorce. Scott Stanley, professor at Denver University conducted a survey in 2001 which indicated that those who participate in Premarital Counseling have a divorce rate 31% lower than those who don't, and with the national divorce rate currently at about 40% according the American Psychological Association, Premarital Counseling can nearly divorce proof your marriage.
HOW MUCH DOES PREMARITAL COUNSELING COST?
I have several packages for you to chose from starting at $475 for a 4 session program and $675 for a 6 session program. Individual premarital counseling sessions can be purchased for $145/session to use independently or to enhance one of the programs listed above.
You investment in Premarital counseling is less than 2% the cost of the average wedding(CNN), it just makes sense to invest in securing the foundation of the rest of your life as a married couple.
DOES PARTICIPATING MEAN WE'RE NOT CONFIDENT IN OUR RELATIONSHIP?
Absolutely not! Premarital counseling in no way implies that your relationship has any shortcomings at all. The studies listed above also found that premarital counseling helped those who were already very satisfied with their relationship and increased their level of satisfaction as they learned enhanced communication & conflict resolution skills.
Additionally, it helps couples consider future challenges and proactively have a plan in place for how to succeed when those challenges arise.
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