Analysis of Premarital Counseling

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They are taken through sessions dealing with issues that arise before and after marriage, such as insecurity in relationships. Many times, young couples opt for premarital counseling when their relationships are already damaged. It is a high time that people realize that premarital counseling should start immediately one gets into a serious relationship. This salvages many relationships because the partners get to be well equipped with the skills to deal with issues that arise in their relationships. Many couples today have the tendency of asking for quick solutions to their problems when they go for counseling. This tends to solve their current problem until the next one erupts and for this reason, it is a very wrong move. Young couples need to work on their relationships and salvage them from the start. Premarital counseling is an opportunity to explore the changes that are occurring in a relationship and setting good standards for a long and satisfying future. There is always an educational aspect in premarital counseling, where the couples learn the most important attribute in a relationship, which is communication skills (Foote, 2013). A couple is able to understand that the relationship they both yearn for is not the one they start with, but the one they build. This is because they are two unique persons from different backgrounds, who have come together so as to make their relationship work. A research conducted on Family Relations in the year 2003 reviewed 23 couples and found that premarital counseling was very important and effective (Ceren, 2008). According to Ceren, the couples that participated in premarital counseling reported significantly stronger marriages compared to those that did not participate (2008). Case Study of Steve and Nadia In premarital counseling, the couples learn about different issues that are very important in a relationship, such as sexuality. My case study is on a couple that is about to get married. that is, Steve and Nadia. They have dated for several years after meeting in college. They have been intimate with other partners before they dated. There are aspects of sexuality that the couple needs to know before they get married, such as arousal and response, intimacy, and contraception. When the topic of sexuality is mentioned, the first idea that comes into peoples’ minds is the physical act of sexual intercourse, but sexuality goes beyond engaging in sexual activity. In every human being, sexuality is part of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social self. Sexuality affects the way a person thinks about himself or herself and how he or she relates to others. Sexuality is part of the entire life of a human being (The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, 2012). There are many factors that affect sexuality, for example, sexual orientation, gender, hormone levels, age among others. Sexual arousal and response start from the brain. that is, the human body responds to sexy thoughts or images, or even a feeling toward a partner. The feeling of arousal is then sent to the rest of the body, especially the genitals. For both men and women, the major component of arousal is increased blood flow to the genitals.