Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor offers pre-engagement counseling for couples thinking about making the big commitment. Before you pop the question or say “yes,” take some time to explore whether it’s the right decision. Choosing to marry is the most important decision you will ever make – and one you can’t afford to make with only your heart. A decision made with both head and heart is more likely to lead to a happy, healthy marriage. Pre-engagement counseling can help individuals who are considering marriage to make the right decision.
According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times, “Increasingly, couples are seeking out ‘pre-pre-marital counseling’ or pre-engagement counseling. It provides an opportunity to sit down with trained advisers to examine, dispassionately, whether their love is a passing fancy…. Using tools from social science, it aims to prepare them for conflict, to prevent unions based on blind impulse, and, ultimately to reduce the divorce rate.”
The best time to start pre-engagement counseling is when you have been dating for a while and are contemplating marriage as a real possibility. If you’ve already decided to marry and feel the relationship is suffering, or if you want to make your pending marriage the best it can be, we also offer premarital counseling.
What You Can Expect with Pre-Engagement Counseling
At Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor, our approach and philosophy to pre-engagement counseling comes from the research of marriage and parenting therapist John Gottman, Ph.D., one of the foremost authorities on marriage and couples counseling. Over a 35-year period, Dr. Gottman interviewed, studied, and analyzed more than 3,000 couples. By documenting patterns of interpersonal interactions that have a distinct effect on the result of a relationship, he was able to determine the outcome of a relationship with 93.6 percent accuracy. Utilizing Dr. Gottman’s research, we offer a couple that is considering engagement insight into their future together.
To take your relationship from good to great, we will assist you in strengthening the fondness, admiration, and trust you have for each other, while helping you develop the skills you will need down the road to resolve conflicts in a fair and respectful manner. In addition, you’ll learn what it takes to make a marriage happy and healthy.
Set up a Free Consultation
If you and your partner would benefit from pre-engagement counseling, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.