The decision to get married can be a tough one for many, as it can lead to a lot of confusion and emotions such as fear and stress regarding upcoming responsibilities. Pre-marital counseling can be a valuable resource for seeking support in such situations. While pre-marital counselling is not compulsory or mandated by law, it can be incredibly beneficial for couples. 

Understanding Pre-Marital Counseling

Pre-marital counselling is a form of couples therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage. It aims to help partners develop a deeper understanding of each other and address any potential issues that might arise after marriage.

Issues Addressed In Pre-marital Counseling

Pre-marital counselling provides couples with a safe space to address and gain clarity on various issues, such as:

  • Expectations From Marriage

Every couple steps into a marriage with certain expectations, about one’s partner, their family, etc. Pre-marital counselling allows partners to talk about their expectations of each other so that both partners are on the same page. It can also help partners set realistic expectations for each other.

  • Finances And Money

Money and finances can be a sensitive and difficult topic for many couples. So addressing questions about financial management in a safe therapy environment can help couples avoid potential conflicts.

  • Family Relationships

Family relationships are a crucial part of every marriage, especially in a collectivistic culture like India. Pre-marital counseling provides both partners with an opportunity to discuss and understand how they plan to adjust to or settle into each other’s families. It also provides partners with an opportunity to address any concerns about each other’s families.

  • Fears Regarding Marriage

As mentioned earlier, marriage can be an incredibly anxiety-provoking and stressful experience for both partners. Pre-marital counseling can help couples address all these feelings and feel more confident before stepping into marriage.

The Potential Benefits of Pre-Marital Counselling

Premarital counselling can be beneficial for several reasons, such as:

  • It Can Help Couples Develop Communication Skills

Effective communication is a crucial part of healthy relationships. Pre-marital counseling provides a safe space for couples to learn how to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs constructively without hurting each other emotionally. Effective communication can help couples build strong foundations for their marital lives.

  • It Can Help With Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflicts are a part of every relationship, but how a couple navigates these conflicts can make all the difference.  Pre-marital counselling allows couples to learn skills such as active listening, problem-solving, empathy and compromise, which are crucial in conflict resolution

  • It Can Help Partners Understand Each Other

As mentioned earlier, pre-marital counselling provides both partners with a safe space to express their thoughts and feelings. A trained couple therapist also asks questions to help partners open up. Additionally, the therapist might also help partners address topics that may seem uncomfortable, This process of opening up and listening to each other can build understanding among partners.

  • Future Planning

Much like how couples meet a wedding planner before marriage, pre-marital counselling can be a space where couples plan their married life in the presence of a trained professional who can 

  • It Strengthens Commitment

Seeking pre-marital counseling as a couple indicates that both partners are committed to the relationship and have the willingness to invest time and effort in building a healthy marriage. This shared experience can deepen the bond between partners and strengthen their commitment to each other. 


In summary, pre-marital counselling is not compulsory, but it can be beneficial for couples in several ways. It can help address emotions such as fear, confusion and stress that commonly arise before marriage. Additionally, it can also help couples learn communication and conflict-management skills that are essential to building a healthy marriage.

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Dhruva Koranne

Dhruva Koranne has completed his Masters in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, BALM. He has been practicing as a counsellor since 2020 and works to create a safe space for clients where they can open up. In addition to this, Dhruva loves researching and studying about upcoming theories in the field of Psychology. Connect with him on Linkedin