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

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7. Learn to Anticipate Challenges

All relationships will encounter challenges, so learning to anticipate scenarios that can or will cause conflict in the relationship is key in overcoming those challenges when they arise – or in keeping them from rearing their ugly heads at all. For example, if you know that a potential new job will require you to travel, but you know you want to start a family soon, this is something you can discuss with your partner proactively so that you can come to an agreement on you guys’ next move. Having a strong relationship requires work, which means you can’t passively sit back and wait for situations to creep up that could negatively affect your relationship. You have to take ownership of your partnership and a counselor can help you learn how to keep your relationship alive.

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