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Daily Poll: Should Catholic couples try counseling before marriage?

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The Daily Catch - published on 11/29/16

Alexa Covington writes in today about her experience going to couples therapy with her husband before they were married. They were in Pre-Cana but they weren’t sure that it was enough, so she took it upon herself to get them into another program:

In the course of our six counseling sessions with him, the therapist helped bring different areas to light for us to discuss in greater depth and in a way we hadn’t talked about before. He also passed along some helpful resources and provided us with a few tools we still use today, and may not have otherwise had going into our marriage. Even with all of that, and even though we had known each other for almost six years before our marriage, we still discovered many new things about each other after we got married — both desirable and not so desirable. That’s the nature of marriage, right? They don’t call it a “vocation” for nothing. But looking back, 14 years later and going strong, we both agree that when it comes to preparing for marriage, hiring a counselor on our own dime was the best thing we did.

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