Pre-Marriage Counselling

Pre-Marriage Counselling


Getting married is one of the biggest steps you will take in life.

Pre-Marriage Counselling can help you…

Assess your strengths and ‘growing edges’ as a couple

Build a strong foundation of intimacy and trust – and know how to reinforce and strengthen this foundation throughout your marriage

Learn tools for Communication and Conflict Resolution that will last a lifetime

Understand your personality similarities and differences – become aware of challenges they may bring, but also the ways you complement one another

Explore your experiences of marriage and family in your childhood and how they shape your expectations

Initiate conversation about many areas of your life together, such as:

  • finances

  • leisure activities

  • relationships with family and friends

  • sexuality

  • relationship roles

  • partner style & habits

  • spiritual beliefs

  • parenting expectations

Every couple is unique. Pre-marriage counselling will focus on the areas you most need to discuss prior to your wedding. The process and number of sessions varies between couples and therapists who offer the service. Pease call for more information.

Rivers Edge Counselling Centre also offers group pre-marriage courses for 4-5 couples at once. The course includes an individual session, followed by 4 - 3hr. group sessions, and a follow-up individual session. Call for more information and future dates.

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meet our pre-marital counsellors

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Nicole Imgrund
Some experiences in life touch us so profoundly, that they cause a ripple effect through the whole of our life—affecting us emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually... read more
My experience, training and skill in key therapeutic approaches gives my work with clients both flexibility and depth. While my primary approach is psychodynamic (relational, insight-oriented), I draw on a number of other approaches to meet the diverse needs and goals of clients—including narrative, solution focused, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), mindfulness-based and family systems. The breadth of these approaches will make it possible for me to help you determine whether a more reflective or problem solving, short or longer term approach, will best meet your needs...Nicole’s Full Bio

Jasmine Fulks
I have worked with couples to explore and navigate their relationship prior to getting married... read more
Addressing and exploring areas of how family of origin influences our behaviours, identifying communication styles, enhancing conflict resolution, discussing the decision to have children or not and parenting styles are some of the areas that are investigated in order to create a lasting marriage. Jasmine's Full Bio

Laura Byrtus
As Kristen Bell said regarding marriage counselling with husband Dax Shepard, “You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don’t figure out how to cook without reading a recipe.” Couples often think of therapy as a last-ditch effort before separation or divorce... read more
One could view this logic as similar to someone with lung cancer who has decided to stop smoking and hope that it solves their problems. At that point, the damage is done, and difficult to recover from. Pre-marriage counselling can be viewed as a preventative measure. Marriage is a complicated endeavor; two people with different experiences coming together to share a life has its challenges. Learning how to communicate effectively, recognize trigger points, and keep the relationship’s health as a priority can lead to a long, fulfilling life together.Laura's Full Bio

Lisa McMorrow
“Make it your goal to create a marriage that feels like the safest place on earth.” So often a large amount of our time can be spent on preparing for the wedding more
Our attention is focused on choosing the perfect cake, or the most beautiful venue, or our first choice of photographers and not on the areas of marriage that matter long term. It can be both challenging and exciting to join two lives together to become one. Consider Pre-marital counselling as another opportunity to connect with your fiancé and an important investment in your future.Lisa's Full Bio

Katherine Henderson
Marriage is one of the biggest commitments we make in life. Yet for many couples, little time is spent planning what life will look like after the wedding, causing difficulties and conflict down the road. Premarital counselling is an investment in your relationship’s more
With compassion, warmth and a touch of humour, I strive to create an environment where couples can pro-actively plan, predict, and prepare for their futures together. In pre-marital counselling, couples can learn effective strategies for communication, learn how to manage conflict, and increase feelings of intimacy and connection. Katherine's Full Bio

the right fit

At River’s Edge Counselling Centre, we work with each new client to ensure they are matched to the right therapist. See how we do it: