Seeking Premarital Counseling in Austin?

Whether you’re officially an engaged couple or not, I commend you for taking this step towards counseling to enhance your committed relationship. Since the average number of years before a couple comes into therapy with their problems is six, premarital counseling can help you identify potential problematic areas before they arise and help you develop skills to cope with problems you will inevitably confront before they become entrenched in your relationship. Premarital counseling also reinforces and helps you be more intentional about what you are already doing that is working well in your relationship.

As a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, I will teach you the principles for maintaining a satisfying, long-term relationship derived from three decades of research on more than 3,000 couples conducted by John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington. Gottman identified what behaviors and attitudes distinguish the "masters" of marriage from the "disasters" of marriage. The foundation for this approach is articulated in Gottman's books, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.

To begin the counseling process, you will each complete a set of on-line assessments which will identify your strengths as a couple and the areas for improvement in your relationship.  The therapy will then target those identified areas for improvement, and any other issues you may want to address.  These areas for improvement generally fall into three categories:

  1. the quality of your friendship,
  2. the regulation of conflict, and
  3. supporting one another’s individual dreams and defining and nurturing shared goals. 

There will be in-session and outside homework opportunities to learn and practice new relationship skills, enhance your friendship, identify individual and shared goals, develop more effective ways of dealing with conflict when it arises, and to create a sense of “we-ness.” You, too, can be "masters" of marriage.

Call 512-689-7105 for an appointment today!