Couples who participate in premarital counseling experience higher levels of marital satisfaction over the course of their marriage than the 30-50% of couples who choose not to take part in couples therapy. Similarly, couples who engage in relationship communication training report increased openness and higher levels of satisfaction in their relationships. Overall, couples who engage in premarital education are happier, healthier and more satisfied over the course of their relationship, than those who do not. In premarital counseling, clients differentiate and strengthen the foundational elements of a successful relationship:
- Open communication
- Effective conflict resolution skills
- Awareness of the needs of self and other
- Willingness to explore and negotiate personal differences
- Ability to manage stress
- Balance between work and family
- Agreement on finances, domestic labor, sex, parenting and family roles
Premarital counseling aims to strengthen mutual respect for individual differences and increases openness and intimacy. In doing so, counselors prepare and equip couples for the rigors and joys of a committed relationship.
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Stanley, S. M., Amato, P. R., Johnson, C. A., & Markman, H. J. (2006). Premarital education, marital quality, and marital stability: Findings from a large, random household survey. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(1), 117–126.
Our counselors are in-network providers for most major health insurance companies, including but not limited to: Aetna, Alliance EAP, First Choice, First Choice EAP, Group Health PPO, LifeSynch EAP, Premera, Regence, United Behavioral Health and Wellspring EAP.
As of June 1st, 2015, Cigna has contracted with Envision Counseling to provide out-of-network benefits at in-network rates. Please call 206-858-1177 for additional details.