How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The only preparation needed for premarital counseling is to find a therapist. Loved ones and friends might have recommendations. Your health insurer, employee assistance program, clergy, or state or local mental health agencies also might offer recommendations.

Before scheduling sessions with a specific therapist, consider whether the therapist would be a good fit for you and your partner. You might ask questions like these:

  • Education and experience. What is your educational and training background? Are you licensed by the state? Are you credentialed by the AAMFT? What is your experience with premarital counseling?
  • Treatment plan. How long is each session? How many sessions should I expect to have?
  • Fees and insurance. How much do you charge for each session? Do you accept my insurance?
Nov. 25, 2014