Couple & Premarital Counseling
Cathedral Counseling Center staff includes a group of therapists with advanced training in, and a commitment to working with couples. The group meets monthly with an expert in couple therapy to stay abreast of current research and best practices.
Our services are offered without regard to religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, go to your nearest ER or call Northwestern Hospital Crisis Center at 312-926-8100.
We provide counseling services to couples struggling with communication problems, life's transitions, adjustment difficulties, conflict and intimacy concerns. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about therapy at Cathedral.
Premarital counseling services are offered in a couples group and in individual couple sessions. Group sessions are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Individual couple sessions with staff therapists trained in premarital counseling are available Monday through Saturday. Three sessions include:
- The History of Our Relationship: Explores how the couple met and how they are experiencing the challenges of preparing for marriage. We consider some of the myths about marriage and introduce some recent findings from couples’ research.
- Considering Our Families of Origin: Focuses on the use of visual diagrams to map each person’s family of origin. Understanding one’s family history offers an opportunity to explore the effects families have had on the couple and their future together.
- Our Vision for the Future Together: Considers the strengths and challenges the couple has identified with a focus on enhancing resilience and building for the future.
Educational information, worksheets and other resources are used to enrich the couple’s experience. Additional counseling is available if the couple wishes to explore issues in more depth or address personal concerns.
For more information, download our Premarital Counseling Services brochure.