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Premarital Counseling
In Chicago, Illinois & Iowa

Whether you call it "marriage," "civil union," "holy union," or "gett'n hitched," great relationships are built intentionally. Our pre-commitment counseling addresses common topics such as communication, forgiveness, "fighting fair," extended family, finances, sexual intimacy, and hopes, dreams, and goals.

Our experienced counselors structure your time together taking into consideration your individual personalities, how your personalities relate, and any challenges unique to your situation. This is not one-size-fits-all counseling. In six to ten sessions together, we seek to prevent problems, and teach you how to work through tough issues and conflict.

Build a strong foundation for a happy, healthy marriage before the wedding vows - (888) 870-1775 for premarital counseling in Chicago & IL & IA

We also address how to manage the stresses of planning and preparing for your commitment service, helping ensure your special day will be meaningful, memorable, and fun. We even offer service planning assistance to help the ceremony reflect your personalities and commitment. Getting ready for your big day should not only include careful attention to the day of the service and celebration, but also the many days that make up a great life together.

Contact us to discuss how you and your partner can benefit from pre-commitment counseling.

We look forward to working with you and wish you a happy and fulfilling life together.

What does premarital counseling entail?

During premarital counseling sessions you will learn:

  • Communication skills
  • How to discuss touchy subjects
  • How to avoid arguments over money, chores, sex and so on
  • How to fight in a fair way that doesn't cause longterm damage to the relationship
  • What to do when the love starts to fade
  • How to sustain a longterm commitment to each other
  • How to grow as individuals and as a couple.

Establish connection rituals

It is good to begin the relationship on a sound footing. Talk about how you can make each other feel loved. Will you kiss each other goodbye when you leave for work? Or will you have a long hug when you reunite after your working days? By making it a routine, it makes it easier, but the effect can be deep nonetheless.

People have different ways to express love. It is important to do things that have meaning to both of you.


Make an appointment today for pre-marital counseling in Chicago & IL & IA by calling us on (888) 870-1775 or by filling out our Contact Form.

LGBTQ couples therapy near me in Chicago

Premarital counseling for LGBTQ couples

No matter the gender of the individuals in a couple, premarital counseling can still be useful. So whether you are a gay or lesbian couple or trans couple, you still need to learn more about how relationships work and how to make them last.

You still need to learn how to set the ground rules for the relationship so that both parties are satisfied. This will help you to avoid all the issues that can arise going forward. At Ardent Counseling Center we have therapists that also have experience in counseling LGBTQ couples.

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Adjusting for merged families and step-families

When you are marrying someone who already has a family from a previous relationship, extra care has to be taken. At Ardent Counseling Center we have a number of therapists that provide family counseling. They can help to make sure that all members of the new family will feel respected and loved.

We also provide co-parenting counseling so that you can still maintain good relationships with the parents of previous relationships with whom you share custody of children.

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To ask a question or to arrange an appointment, send us a message.

If you have insurance, most of the cost of your session may be covered by your insurance. If you don't have insurance, we provide a sliding scale of fees depending on which therapist you see and your financial situation. We provide face to face counseling if you live in Chicagoland and counseling anywhere via online counseling. Please note all information submitted via this contact form is kept confidential. However, please note that this is not a secure email transmission. In accordance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), "Personal Health Information" may not be included in this transmission. Thank you for your cooperation. Note: If you wish to make an appointment at the Grinnell or Williamsburg Iowa offices, please complete the contact form via Ardent's MidWest Counseling website. Or call 6412361644 for the Grinnell office or 3196681217 for the Williamsburg office. Note: If you would like to arrange for phone or video sessions or for an intensive retreat, please use this special contact form. It also contains some pricing details. * Required field

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    Note: If you wish to make an appointment at the Grinnell or Williamsburg Iowa offices, please complete the contact form via Ardent's MidWest Counseling website.