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Couples & Premarital 

Counseling in Austin


Premarital Counseling vs. Couples Counseling


Don’t get premarital counseling confused with traditional couples therapy! In traditional couples counseling, they usually already have a problem in mind that they want to work through. However, in premarital counseling, the counselor is going through each foundational aspect of a relationship with the couple at their own pace, to prepare them for the beautiful journey of marriage. Whatever your needs are for seeking counseling, I have 7+ years of experience and thousands of hours in the counseling room helping couples navigate premarital, marriage, divorce, and all relationship concerns.

Why Premarital Counseling?


Wedding planning can be stressful. The energy it takes to plan, organize and prepare the little details of the wedding, as well as managing your own life, can feel overwhelming. An experienced premarital counselor knows clinically proven methods to help you reduce your stress. Counselors offer a safe space for you to process stress, anxiety and wedding planning dynamics. Most brides that come to me end up talking about stress with family dynamics and financial logistics. Sometimes, we need someone who can just listen to us vent and see things from a clear objective view to feel fully supported through this process. This time is an important life stage in the couple’s relationship, and as with any kind of change in life, extra support it always helpful.

Advice For The Premarital Couple


The best advice a premarital counselor could give a couple is don’t wait to get support. Most couples think they must wait until they are “going through something” or facing a problem in their relationship to seek help. This is not the case. Preventative maintenance, such as premarital counseling, is always more effective and less expensive than regular couples counseling. There are emotional wounds that can be made with the relationship over time, that are hard to undo if the couple doesn’t practice effective communication with one another. Not to mention, connecting with another person takes work, and it doesn’t always come as easily as it did when you first started the relationship. Relationship “maintenance” takes skill and knowledge that is learned in a safe environment like premarital counseling.

What To Expect


Premarital Counseling covers all the foundations of a secure relationship, exploring each area with genuine curiosity and non-judgement. Each topic covered is personally tailored to the couple and we walk through each at their own pace. Generally, a complete premarital counseling course includes 10 sessions, but can be extended if the couple wants to spend more time in any area in specific. There’s so much we cover within this premarital counseling process, and no two sessions look the same. The main areas covered are: 

  • Communication 

  • Conflict resolution

  • Financial management

  • Sexuality and affection

  • Family and friend dynamics

  • Relationship roles and expectations

  • Children and parenting styles

  • Spiritual or religious beliefs


Couples counselors have 7+ years of college education, a master’s degree in their field and thousands of hours of face-to-face experience working with couples before they meet with you. They are experts in their field of relationships and can help you improve your overall satisfaction in your connection with your partner, that can last a lifetime.

Should we consider premarital counseling?


Absolutely! These counseling sessions are all about learning skills that bring you closer and more connected to your partner! The more you learn about your specific relationship, the more connected you’ll feel to your partner, and isn’t that what we all want? Working through attachment, boundaries, love languages, self-care strategies, types of love, ways to build intimacy and more is a good thing, and will help you in the future! In fact, couples that have premarital counseling before marriage, report feeling more satisfied in their relationship overall.

See What Clients Are Saying...


“I just wanted to say thank you again for today and tell you how much I enjoy talking with you and how much I appreciate your help. You really have a gift for making people feel validated and comfortable even while talking about things that aren’t so comfortable to talk about!

“I wanted to thank you for the couples session the other day, it carried a lot of meaning for me. Something changed for me in that moment and I want to thank you for that.”

“I want to thank you for making a huge difference in my life and the lives of my children. You gave me the confidence I needed."

"Julianna is a fantastic pre-martial counselor. She taught us the skills and gave us the tools needed to best approach inevitable conflicts in our marriage. Julianna provided a safe and comfortable environment for us to share and really learn about our partner. We found the sessions to be challenging yet fun! With Julianna’s coaching, we feel prepared to continue working towards a long and happy marriage."

- Anonymous 


Office Location:

6448 E Hwy 290, F-102

Austin, Tx 78723