Third- Party Action: The Benefits of Couples Counseling Before Saying “I Do”

March 9, 2013  |  
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5. Develop Emotional Intimacy, Not Just Physical

It’s easy to fall in “lust” and think you’re in love, especially if the sex is good. But if your relationship seems to revolve solely around sex, then seeking counseling can help you determine if there is any real substance to your relationship. You and your partner should be friends as well as lovers – teammates who form a partnership that is centered around shared goals and values, not just sex. If you’re feeling disconnected emotionally, counseling may be able to get to the root of the problem and bring you two back together.

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  • Annie

    I’m 41 years old and my husband has recently told me that he wanted out of the marriage and he actually left a few days later, after 21 years of marriage…
    …After the initial shock wore off and I was able to think straight…

    …I was able to persuade him to give me and the marriage another chance…
    …I had to wing it with only the strategies in the “save the marriage” book

  • Jazmine

    Most couples only think counseling is for AFTER the marriage, not before…because they think if they need counseling before the marriage, then they shouldn’t be getting married. Which MAY BE TRUE!! We would probably have a lower divorce rate if people did this. Good advice

  • Nikki

    Where I live, the marriage license fee is $30 more if you don’t go to pre-marital counseling. I think it’s a great way to discuss topics that make you uncomfortable, such as finances or grounds for divorce-if any. The marriage counselor might bring up something that you may have forgotten to talk about, like TV or no TV in the bedroom.