Premarital Counseling Program (Incorporating Your Faith)

at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids

Premarital Counseling Program (Incorporating Your Faith) In Grand Rapids, MI and West Michigan At Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, MI

Health for Life Counseling is now offering a premarital counseling program incorporating your faith from Gottman-trained therapists. This premarital counseling program includes an initial 8-12 meetings and aims to help a couple be better prepared for marriage and/or a long-term committed relationship while incorporating their religion or faith. 

Health for Life Counseling’s program is available in the West Michigan area including in-person in Grand Rapids and Ada, Michigan as well as online throughout the State of Michigan. 

Premarital Counseling can help build a foundation of understanding, compassion, and skills to create stronger relationships for goals of longevity, commitment, and intimacy.

(Note: Health Insurance Plans do not cover premarital or couples counseling).
Incorporating Faith

Religious-based premarital counseling is often a required step for couples who plan to marry in certain religious communities. It often incorporates spiritual or faith-based principles and teachings. This type of therapy is typically focused on aligning a couple’s relationship with their faith to prepare the couple for marriage.

Usually, religious-based premarital counseling is performed by the religious leader who’s in charge of the wedding. They help the couple discuss their religious beliefs, the role of faith in marriage, and expectations based on specific religious doctrines. This approach emphasizes the spiritual connection and moral obligations within the marriage, as defined by religious doctrine.

All faiths are welcome!

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To discuss which programs could work for you, call (616) 200-4433 or complete the form below.

What to Expect

  • Premarital Counseling: A Voyage Towards Matrimonial Bliss
    • As couples embark on the journey towards marital union, premarital counseling emerges as a beacon, illuminating the path and steering them towards a harmonious and enduring partnership. This invaluable resource empowers couples to navigate the intricacies of relationships, fostering understanding, respect, and unwavering commitment.
  • Unveiling Potential Challenges, Fortifying the Foundation
    • Premarital counseling serves as a proactive measure, enabling couples to identify and address potential issues before they blossom into formidable obstacles. By delving into areas like communication, financial management, and conflict resolution, couples can equip themselves with the tools necessary to weather life’s storms and emerge stronger.
  • Exploring the Tapestry of Values, Bridging the Divide
    • Through open dialogue and guided exploration, couples can uncover the tapestry of values that underpins their relationship. This profound understanding fosters empathy, enabling them to appreciate diverse perspectives and navigate potential conflicts with diplomacy and grace.
  • Cultivating Enduring Bonds, Nurturing Intimacy
    • Premarital counseling cultivates the seeds of intimacy, nurturing a deep connection that transcends the physical realm. Couples learn to cherish each other’s emotional landscapes, fostering a haven of trust, vulnerability, and unwavering support.
  • Harnessing the Power of Communication, Fostering Consensus
    • Communication, the lifeblood of any relationship, takes center stage in premarital counseling. Couples hone their ability to articulate their needs, desires, and concerns with clarity and precision, paving the way for mutual understanding and consensus-building.
  • Navigating the Labyrinth of Conflict, Emerging Triumphant
    • Conflict, an inevitable aspect of human interaction, is not an adversary but rather an opportunity for growth. Premarital counseling equips couples with the skills to navigate the labyrinth of conflict constructively, transforming disagreements into catalysts for understanding and compromise.
  • Unraveling Expectations, Setting the Stage for Harmony
    • Premarital counseling encourages couples to unravel their expectations, both for each other and for the relationship as a whole. By aligning aspirations and fostering mutual respect, couples lay the groundwork for a harmonious and fulfilling partnership.
  • Embark on the Journey Together, A Voyage Worth Taking
    • For couples embarking on the sacred journey of marriage, premarital counseling emerges as an invaluable companion. Through its empowering guidance, couples can cultivate a relationship that withstands the test of time, a testament to the transformative power of love, understanding, and unwavering commitment.

What to expect from the initial 12 sessions of the premarital counseling program at Health for Life Counseling:

  1. Rapport Building and Intake
  • Establish a strong connection with the couple to gain their trust and cooperation.
  • Gather information about their relationship history, current concerns, and expectations for counseling.
  1. Education on Fight-or-Flight-Freeze-Fawn Responses in Relationships (Lid Flipping)
  • Explain the different types of stress responses and how they can manifest in relationships.
  • Provide coping skills for managing stress and preventing lid flipping.
  1. Gottman-Rapport Communication Method
  • Teach the couple the Gottman-Rapport Communication Method, which is a structured approach to expressing feelings and needs in a respectful and constructive manner.
  • Practice the method with the couple to help them develop effective communication skills.
  1. Emotional Literacy
  • Help the couple identify and understand their own emotions and those of their partner.
  • Develop strategies for expressing and managing emotions in a healthy way.
  1. Assumption Checking
  • Teach the couple how to check their assumptions about each other’s thoughts and feelings to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Encourage open and honest communication to prevent misinterpretations.
  1. Assessment to Set Up Second Half: Areas Most Concerning to Couple/Relationship Grouping
  • Based on the intake session and ongoing discussions, identify the areas that are most concerning to the couple.
  • Group related topics together to create a structured plan for the second half of counseling.
  1. Love Languages: Meeting Bids for Attention
  • Introduce the concept of love languages and help the couple identify their primary love languages.
  • Encourage the couple to express love and appreciation for each other in ways that resonate with their partner’s love language.
  1. Finances
  • Discuss financial concerns that may be affecting the relationship.
  • Provide guidance on developing a shared financial plan and managing money effectively.
  1. Sex/Intimacy
  • Address any issues related to sexual intimacy and satisfaction.
  • Provide education and resources on healthy sexuality and intimacy.
  1. Religion and/or Politics
  • Discuss how to navigate differences in religious and/or political beliefs.
  • Develop strategies for respectful communication and compromise.
  1. Parenthood
  • Address parenting challenges and concerns of having children or not.
  • Provide guidance on effective parenting strategies and communication with children and/or pets.
  1. Closure and/or Reassessment to Additional Sessions
  • Evaluate the progress made in counseling and determine if additional sessions are necessary.
  • Provide closure and recommendations for continued healthy relationship maintenance.

Additional Sessions Might Include:

  • Family relationships/in-laws
  • Time spent together/leisure time
  • Dealing with anger or other intense emotions
  • Work/life balance


Level 3 (Enhancing Your Love)

12 sessions at $120= $1440 Total

What does this include? What are the differences between programs?

Includes: 1 Introductory session, 6 sessions of skill building, Assessment to garner areas of focus, 4 sessions directed on common relational topics, 1 closing session, and a Relational Skill Building Booklet to take home and guide throughout the program.

Pay Up Front in a Lump Sum Discount = $1300 Total

Level 2 (Growing in Love)

10 sessions at $135 = $1350

What does this include?

Includes: 1 Introductory session, 6 sessions of skill building, Assessment to garner areas of focus, 2 sessions directed at common relational topics, 1 closing session, and a Relational Skill Building Booklet to take home and guide throughout the program.

Pay Up Front in a Lump Sum Discount = $1200 Total

Level 1 (Foundations of Love- )

8 session at $145 = $1160

What does this include?

1 Introductory session, 6 sessions of skill building, 1 closing session, and a Relational Skill Building Booklet to take home and guide throughout the program.

Pay Up Front in a Lump Sum Discount = $1000 Total

(Note: Health Insurance Plans do not cover premarital or couples counseling).

Spark love and build a lasting connection: Your relationship journey starts here.

This program is your guide to a thriving relationship. We’ll help you:

  • Unleash your best selves: Discover new ways to think, communicate, and act, both individually and together, to build a stronger bond.
  • Work on integrating your faith into your relationship in a meaningful way.
  • Navigate life’s curveballs: Understand how goals, family, intimacy, and aging impact your relationship and equip you to handle these challenges.
  • Dream together, grow together: Define your shared vision for the future and create a roadmap for achieving your relationship goals.
  • This program empowers you with the tools and knowledge to cultivate a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling relationship throughout your journey together.

This program is designed to help couples like you build a stronger, happier bond. If you’re facing any of these challenges, this program can equip you with the tools and understanding to overcome them:

Feeling disconnected, even though you’re committed:

Do you yearn for deeper intimacy and emotional connection with your partner?

Do you feel like you’re roommates sharing space, rather than a couple sharing a life?

Do daily interactions lack the warmth and understanding you once shared?

Struggling to communicate effectively:

Do arguments and misunderstandings leave you feeling frustrated and unheard?

Do you find it difficult to express your needs and desires in a constructive way?

Do past hurts and unresolved conflicts linger, creating tension in your relationship?

Seeking to reignite the spark and excitement:

Has the initial passion and joy faded over time, leaving you longing for more?

Do you miss the spontaneity, shared adventures, and playful connection you once had?

Do you desire to bring back the laughter, excitement, and shared experiences that strengthen your bond?

Wishing to model a healthy relationship for others:

Do you believe in the power of a strong, supportive relationship to inspire others?

Do you want to build a foundation of trust, respect, and love that sets a positive example?

Are you committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for yourselves and potentially, your family?

However, it’s important to be aware that this program may not be the right fit for everyone.

Here are some situations where alternative solutions might be more appropriate:

  • When basic respect and love are absent, or one partner is actively leaving: If fundamental issues like respect, trust, or commitment are severely damaged, professional therapy or individual counseling might be a better first step.
  • When unsure about staying committed: This program focuses on strengthening existing relationships, not navigating the decision to stay or separate. If commitment itself is in question, couples or individual therapy might be more beneficial.
  • When dealing with recent infidelity: The delicate process of healing after infidelity often requires specialized support and guidance. Consider individual or couples therapy specifically designed to address infidelity and its aftermath.
  • When experiencing domestic violence or abuse: If you or your partner are experiencing any form of violence or abuse, seeking immediate help and safety is crucial. Please reach out to a domestic violence hotline or local resources for support and guidance.

Remember, a healthy relationship is built on mutual respect, open communication, and a shared commitment to growth. If you identify with the challenges this program addresses, we encourage you to explore how it can help you cultivate a more fulfilling and joyful connection with your partner.

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