Pre-marital counseling is an excellent way to secure a foundation for a lasting, healthy relationship. Additionally, couples who complete a minimum of four sessions of pre-marital counseling in the state of Tennessee may receive a $39.50 discount on the marriage license fee.
Because couples differ in history, skills and issues of concern, I do not offer “packaged” pre-marital counseling. Instead, in the first session, the couple and I determine what skills and concerns are to be covered in the next meetings. Typical issues which may be addressed are creating cooperative communication, conflict management, mutual expectations and hopes, etc. Specific issues, for example, financial or “division of labor” concerns may be discussed. Many couples leave with an “action” plan for the future. Most couples do the required four sessions and receive a notarized certificate to present to the Court. Some couples opt to do a few more sessions and/or to check in for an occasional session after the ceremony to assist them in staying on track or in solving new challenges.