Pre-marital counseling

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 4
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1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@love108:  I trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist (though I am not licenced as one) and think that pre-marital counseling even if it’s only for one session is a great idea.  You may not get all your issues worked out, but at least you’ll know what they are beforehand.  For non-religious counseling at a budget price, look for an MFT Intern.  They have graduated from an MA program and already have several hundred to several thousand hours of experience, as Interns they are still supervised by a fully licenced MFT.  However since they’re interns they will charge significantly less.  If you’re looking for an affordable alternative try calling contact local MFT professional organizations.

 

Post # 6
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1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@love108:  An MFT will be cheaper than a PsyD and more of what you’re looking for. Also ask and be on the lookout for ones that offer sliding scale billing.

Post # 8
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re going to a  Pre Cana class at my FI’s church.  The cost was $180 and it includes a book and 5 group sessions.  I did some research on counselors though before we decided on Pre Cana.  I found a women’s counseling center that offers low cost counseling with licensed counselors and PhD and Master’s Psych students who need practicum hours.   Maybe you can look into that?  I think the cost was like $30/session to work with a student and there was a sliding scale to meet with a counselor.   All of the students were finished with their program coursework.

Post # 10
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

If your FI would be more comfortable you could look into a video/workbook series that you could do from home. We did one in combination with our counseling, we just finished it and haven’t seen our counselour yet but we actually really liked it and it was really helpful. We’ll see our officiant 2x in addition to the video series. For ours, you watched a video, did some discussion when prompted along with some workbook activities and then they had a date night activity that you did at some point in the week. I would only recommend it if you and your FI have good communication and would actually do the discussion and talk about the deep stuff without a person to continually prompt you and dig it out. The one we did was a Christian series (Prepare for Greatness) so I know that’s not what you’re looking for but I’m sure there are secular ones out there! It may be easier than finding a counselour in your area, or you could do it before you go see anyone and only do a couple of sessions with a counselour to save on money. 

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