Premarital Counseling Therapists In NYC

Find the best premarital counseling therapists in NYC. Premarital counseling prepares couples for the challenges and rewards of married life. Therapists who offer premarital counseling lead couples through discussions about their relationship, values, and expectations for the future. The sessions aren’t meant to determine whether a couple is ready for marriage. Rather, the aim is to identify areas of weakness in a relationship that should be addressed before taking the plunge.

The following therapists specialize in premarital counseling. Most are based in Manhattan with the majority concentrated in Midtown, but there are a number who practice in Brooklyn and Queens.

If your therapist incorporates premarital counseling into therapy for a diagnosed mental health condition, it could be covered by insurance. NYC therapists who offer premarital counseling may accept payment from a range of insurances including Aetna, Beacon Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Consolidated Health Plans, DavidShield, HealthFirst, HIP Health Plan of New York, Medicare, Oscar Health, Oxford Health Plans, and UnitedHealthcare. If your therapist does not accept insurance, expect to pay anywhere from $175 to more than $250 per session in New York City.

Premarital counseling sessions typically last 45 minutes to an hour. Some therapists start by asking each partner about concerns they'd like addressed; others begin by leading the pair through a series of questions designed to offer insight into the dynamics of their relationship. This helps the couple identify unproductive or destructive behaviors that should be changed to ensure a happy, healthy marriage. Premarital counselors can also help with discussing religion in the context of your relationship. It is worth noting that Pre-Cana, which is a consultation course for couples who will marry in the Catholic Church, differs from premarital counseling with a licensed therapist. If you are seeking support for a marriage within a particular religious institution, be sure to reach out to representatives and/or members of the institution directly.

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Therapists who offer premarital counseling in NYC

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How to find the best premarital counseling in New York City

What can premarital counseling help with?

Premarital counseling, also known as pre-marriage counseling, is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage by identifying what is most important to each partner in terms of their values and hopes for the future. Therapists lead couples in discussions about loyalty, budgeting and spending habits, whether religious traditions are important, and expectations surrounding children and family.

A therapist won't assess whether a couple will live “happily ever after.” Instead, the therapy is meant to empower couples to understand and deal with areas of conflict.

How much do therapists charge for premarital counseling in NYC?

If you're paying out of pocket, premarital counseling can cost anywhere from $175 to over $250 per session. If your therapist accepts your health insurance, you'd only be responsible for the copay, which is usually $20 to $40. If you have a high-deductible plan, expect to pay the full out-of-pocket amount until your insurance benefits begin.

Does health insurance cover premarital counseling in NYC?

Health insurance may cover premarital counseling if your therapist uses the sessions to treat a diagnosed mental health condition. In NYC, it's easiest to find therapists who are in-network with plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna. It's more difficult to find a therapist who takes Aetna and UnitedHealthcare because of the low rates of reimbursement therapists receive from those insurances.

Where are most premarital counseling therapists located in NYC?

Most NYC therapists who offer premarital counseling see patients in Manhattan. The majority are located in Midtown, but there are a number on the Upper East and West Sides as well as in Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Financial District.

There are also premarital counseling therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.

What should I look for in a premarital counseling therapist?

Look for a practitioner with experience in premarital counseling or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). A LMFT has advanced education and training that enables them to help couples identify and break behavior patterns that could interfere with the health of their relationship.