Looking to tie the knot with your partner?

At Sofia Wellness Clinic, we recognise the profound significance of pre-marriage counselling in shaping the foundation of a successful and enduring marriage. 

As you prepare to embark on this beautiful journey of love and commitment, our pre-marital counselling services provide an invaluable opportunity for couples to lay the groundwork for a strong and harmonious partnership.

We offer a supportive and nurturing environment for couples to explore the depths of their relationship and gain essential insights to navigate the challenges that may arise during married life.

Our team of experienced and compassionate counsellors is dedicated to guiding you through this transformative phase, empowering you with the necessary tools to build a love that stands the test of time.

How Pre-Marriage Counselling Can Help

Pre-marriage counselling delves into various aspects of your relationship. It helps foster effective communication, conflict resolution, shared values and mutual goals. 

Through thoughtful discussions and personalised guidance, our aim is to nurture understanding and emotional intimacy between you and your partner. This will enable you to approach your future together with unwavering confidence and unity.

Here are some ways in which pre-marriage counselling can help:

  • Build trust and commitment as the foundation of a marriage
  • Clarify and align expectations for shared responsibilities and roles
  • Explore individual strengths and growth areas as a couple
  • Cultivate emotional and physical intimacy to strengthen the bond
  • Develop effective conflict resolution strategies for harmonious living
  • Enhance communication skills for deeper connection and understanding
  • Build trust and commitment as the foundation of a marriage
  • Clarify and align expectations for shared responsibilities and roles
  • Explore individual strengths and growth areas as a couple
  • Cultivate emotional and physical intimacy to strengthen the bond
  • Develop effective conflict resolution strategies for harmonious living
  • Enhance communication skills for deeper connection and understanding

Speak to one of our psychotherapists or counsellors to address any concerns or doubts before taking the next step in your relationship.

When Should You Seek Pre-Marriage Counselling?

Pre-marriage counselling proves to be a valuable resource for couples who are engaged or eager to progress towards marriage.

In particular, here are some signs that suggest you and your partner are ready for pre-marriage counselling:

  • Both of you are prepared for a lifelong commitment to one another
  • Both of you are open to addressing potential areas of disagreement
  • There is a mutual desire to deepen the understanding and connection with each other

Discover the benefits of pre-marriage counselling, as it enhances and strengthens your relationship. Get in touch with one of our professional counsellors or psychotherapists!

Our Pre-Marriage Counsellors

Sophia Goh

M.A. in Counselling and Guidance, Singapore

Sophia Goh - principal counsellor of Sofia Wellness Clinic

Sophia specialises in working with couples, striving to find effective solutions to help clients overcome their challenges. Her approach is grounded in evidence-based methods, empowering others to lead more fulfilling lives.

Credentials
 • Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Claire Leong

Master of Counselling, Australia

Claire Leong - counsellor of Sofia Wellness Clinic

Claire is professionally trained to address issues within family systems and navigate challenges in domestic relationships. Her focus lies in helping couples gain insight into the root causes of their conflicts, fostering understanding and resolution.

Credentials
 • Prepare/Enrich Certified Facilitator

Approaches Used During Pre-Marriage Counselling at Sofia Wellness Clinic

At Sofia Wellness Clinic, we firmly believe that personalised counselling is essential, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing couples’ issues. 

Therefore, we tailor our treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each couple, employing diverse approaches to tackle their problems effectively.

Here are some of the approaches we use:

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a highly effective, evidence-based therapeutic approach that empowers couples with actionable steps to enhance their relationship. Its primary objectives are as follows:

  • Facilitating constructive communication during conflicts
  • Enhancing intimacy, respect, and affection between partners
  • Eliminating barriers that hinder relationship growth
  • Cultivating a heightened sense of empathy and understanding

This method not only helps couples comprehend their current challenges but also equips them with valuable skills and techniques to prevent future disagreements.

How it works:
During the initial session, couples undergo an assessment conducted by a counsellor. The assessment involves joint and individual sessions, along with a questionnaire, which aids the counsellor in understanding the foundation of the couple’s relationship.

Based on this assessment, the counsellor devises an intervention plan, helping the couples identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach aimed at assisting couples in managing conflicts. The key objectives of this approach are as follows:

  • Restructuring emotional responses in the relationship
  • Unlearning habits that harm the partnership
  • Identifying negative patterns between partners
  • Cultivating empathy and compassion, reducing blame
  • Improving interpersonal understanding

How it works:
During the initial session, couples engage in both joint and individual sessions with the counsellor. This approach enables the counsellor to gain insights into the dynamics of their relationship.

Subsequently, couples participate in various guided conversations. Unlike other methods, the counsellor takes on a more active role, fostering a better understanding of underlying problems and the emotions the couples have for each other.

Through these interactions, the reasons behind certain behaviours are revealed, fostering empathy between partners.

Note: Since clients may not be aware of the most suitable approach, our counsellors can recommend the appropriate method based on their needs after the initial assessment session.

Prepare/Enrich

Prepare/Enrich is an evidence-based, customised assessment curated for couples. The key objectives are to: 

  • Cultivating healthy relationships
  • Identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the relationship
  • Building confidence in the partnership
  • Imparting skills to enhance the relationship

How it works:
Couples are required to complete an assessment, and the results are used to generate a comprehensive report.

Subsequently, couples meet with the counsellor to review the assessment results, set achievable goals, and learn communication skills. These skills are actively practised during and outside the counselling sessions.

Moreover, activity books are provided to couples, which they complete together. These books help build the necessary skills for maintaining a strong relationship, including conflict resolution and communication.

Our Pre-Marriage Counselling Fees

At Sofia Wellness Clinic, couples have the convenience of selecting either in-person or online counselling sessions, with both options having identical fees.

ConsultationDurationSenior CounsellorCounsellor
Initial session75min$300$280
Subsequent sessions75min$300$280
Out-of-session phone call or emailPer 10min blocks$35$35

Why Choose Sofia Wellness Clinic for Pre-Marriage Counselling?

Caring Support Designed Just for You

Our dedicated counsellors offer a caring and personalised approach to pre-marriage counselling. 

We recognise that every couple is unique, and we will take the time to craft strategies that fit your specific needs and challenges.

Comfortable Environment for Honest Communication

We understand the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for couples to openly express themselves. At our clinic, you can confide in our empathetic counsellors without fear of judgement. 

Your thoughts and concerns are treated with utmost confidentiality, ensuring a supportive and trustful counselling experience.

FAQs About Pre-Marriage Counselling

When is the best time to start pre-marriage counselling?

The best time to start pre-marriage counselling is before significant wedding planning begins. 

Ideally, couples should consider starting counselling several months before the wedding to allow enough time to address any concerns, build communication skills and develop a deeper understanding of each other.

Why should we consider pre-marriage counselling?

Pre-marriage counselling offers several benefits. It helps improve communication, resolve conflicts constructively and address important topics like finances, family planning and shared values. 

It can also provide insights into each other’s expectations and help identify potential areas of growth for a stronger and happier marriage.

What are some common issues that will be addressed during pre-marriage counselling?

During pre-marriage counselling some common concerns that will be addressed include (but are not limited to:

  • Family planning, including the number of children and parenting styles
  • Financial goals and budgeting
  • Roles and responsibilities within the marriage and household
  • Individual career aspirations and shared life goals
  • Shared hobbies and leisure activities for bonding
  • Coping mechanisms for managing stress and conflicts

Can pre-marriage counselling help us address specific concerns or fears we have about marriage?

Yes, pre-marriage counselling is designed to address specific concerns or fears couples may have about marriage. 

Couples can openly discuss their worries during counselling sessions, and the counsellor can provide guidance, support and strategies to work through those concerns together.

What happens if we disagree on certain issues during pre-marriage counselling?

Disagreements during counselling are common and actually present valuable opportunities for growth. 

The counsellor will facilitate discussions, encourage active listening and help couples find common ground. Learning to navigate disagreements constructively is an essential part of the counselling process.

How can I make the most of my pre-marriage counselling session?

To make the most of pre-marriage counselling, you may follow these tips:

  • Be open and honest during sessions
  • Participate actively and engage with the counsellor’s guidance
  • Be willing to listen and understand your partner’s perspective
  • Complete any assignments or exercises given by the counsellor
  • Use the counselling sessions to explore important topics and ask questions

Pre-Marriage Counselling in Singapore

Our compassionate team of psychotherapists is eager to guide you on this journey of self-discovery and connection. Be empowered to take charge of your relationship and create a strong foundation for your future!

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Written by Sophia Goh, Senior Counsellor at Sofia Wellness Clinic