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Pre-marital Counselling Programs

Starting off on solid foundations

St John’s Cathedral Counselling Service’s premarital counselling program enables committed couples to get off on a solid foundation in gaining a deeper understanding of their relational dynamics, personalities, stress factors and strength and growth areas as they embark on their marriage journey.

We offer Prepare/Enrich, the leading premarital and marriage assessment tool, in our premarital program. Prepare/Enrich is an evidenced-based assessment with established reliability and validity which is customised to each couple’s unique circumstances. Our counsellors may utilise the assessment results, along with other couples’ relationship frameworks and approaches, to design a premarital counselling program customised to each couple’s circumstances and identified areas of focus. Each bespoke program incorporates teaching, interactive activities, humour, sharing, identifying and clarifying shared values, building awareness of family-of-origin influences, and ways of relating for reference now and in the future.

Our caring premarital counsellors are qualified with master’s degree achievements in relationship, marriage and family therapy and have many years of experience.

Programme benefits

  • Greater awareness of strengths and potential growth areas in the relationship
  • Increased understanding of each partner’s expectations for the marriage and shared life together
  • Improved communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Strengthened foundation for friendship as the basis of a good marriage

Programme topics

Premarital counselling can help couples improve their relationships and set realistic expectations before marriage.

  • Beliefs and values
  • Affection and sexual expectations
  • Communication and conflict resolution
  • Financial management
  • Family planning
  • In-laws and family relationships

Programme timeline

Our pre-marital counselling program normally takes 4 to 6 sessions. Through the process, couples are equipped to communicate effectively with kindness and to set realistic expectations for the marriage. This is especially important since each partner brings their own family background and/or cultural or religious beliefs into the relationship.

Ready to make a change?

Please contact our office at 2525 7207, email to or submit a request here to work with a counsellor at SJCCS.