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Lately, we’ve been looking into doing some pre-marital couples counseling, but so far, we’ve had no luck. We’re being married by a minister, but he’s not currently practicing, so he doesn’t offer counseling. We’ve been to two sessions with a general counsellor and they went great, but it’s not covered by health insurance and at $100/session, it’s too pricey for us. What’s worse is that every counselling option in our town is either equally expensive or is done through a church which don’t work for us because my fiancee is agnostic.
So…. we’re looking for secular pre-marital counseling books that don’t require follow-up with a counsellor or with a minister. Any suggestions?
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you know, i dont know if they offer it where you live but we are currently going to a counselor that offers prices based off of a sliding scale. They are non profit and even lowered the fee even more so that we could attend every week. We pay 40 dollars a session!
Do you by any chance have a non profit counseling center in your area??
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Our pre-marital counseling is having us buy “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.” Theres a text book and a workbook for the woman and a workbook for the man. We just got our workbooks and are waiting on the text book. So I can’t give any reviews yet.
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There’s a couple of ebook / workbook options by trained relationship therapy professionals that can be downloaded right away and used with your partner:
“I-Do” An Imago Premarital Workbook – by psychologist who works with couples through the Imago Therapy lens (Harville Hendrix, “Getting the Love You Want.”) (See reviews at the bottom of the info page)
The Premarital Counseling Workbook for Couples – by Marriage and Family Therapist addressing issues around creating a strong. lasting relationship foundation based on emotional safety, family of origin understanding, communication, etc. See Reviews.
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My Fiance and I are in the same boat cuz I’m agnostic. We’re getting married in Las Vegas and I have been looking at secular counseling books.
I found The power of 2: Secrets to a strong and loving marriage on Amazon. It got great reviews so we’re going to try it out. I read on the reviews that Saving your Marriage before it starts is mostly from a Christian point of view and The power of 2 is not.
There is also a couples workbook that goes along with it.
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This guy is great and it’s non-religious. It’s definitely a great read! You can even preview it on Amazon.
Starved Stuff: Feeding the 7 Basic Needs of Healthy Relationships by Matt Townsend
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We found a ton of free questions to ask each other on various websites. It wasn’t counseling, but it was a good way to talk through various issues (financial, health, etc) to build our relationsihp.
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Reviewers often mention it’s a premarital class book.