Interfaith Premarital Counseling NYC
Premarital Counseling seeks to address the many sensitive topics and challenges couples face when choosing to wed. Adding to an already anxious time, couples who are interfaith/ intercultural often face an additional set of challenges. Midtown Marriage and Family Therapy (Midtown MFT) seeks to help couples through this time with the varied premarital counseling services we offer, interfaith and intercultural guidance being one of them.
What is Interfaith Premarital Counseling?
Interfaith/ intercultural premarital counseling is a process for interfaith/ intercultural couples who want to take their commitment to the next level but feel stuck, conflicted, and/or anxious due to their religious, spiritual, and/or cultural differences.
What does it mean to be an interfaith/ intercultural couple?
An interfaith couple is one in which both partners come from different religious, spiritual, and/or cultural backgrounds.
What is interfaith/ intercultural couples counseling?
Interfaith/ intercultural couples counseling is a multiphase process in which an interfaith/ intercultural couple first seeks to better understand their partner’s religious, spiritual, and/or cultural background. Once this is achieved, the couple works on reconciling and bridging their respective differences in terms of beliefs, values, and practices. Ultimately, a couple then creates practical, unique, and meaningful ways that both of their traditions can be incorporated and expressed in their relationship. This process allows interfaith/intercultural couples to honor and celebrate their differences while also cultivating religious, spiritual, and/or cultural harmony and vibrancy.
How is interfaith/ intercultural premarital and couples counseling different from marriage/ couples counseling?
In interfaith/ intercultural couples counseling, the primary focus of the work centers around religious, spiritual, and/or cultural issues. However, other couples related issues often get addressed in the process such as communication, conflict resolution, boundaries, and family of origin work.
What is the advantage of specifically working with an interfaith/intercultural couples counselor as opposed to a marriage/couples counselor?
An interfaith/ intercultural couples counselor has specific training in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Interfaith/Spiritual Direction. Thus, they have training and expertise in helping couples explore and overcome a wide variety of relational/marital issues. In addition, they have training in comparative religion, spiritual direction, and multicultural diversity which allows them to respect, embrace, and integrate differing, and at times, seemingly opposing, religious, spiritual, and/or cultural beliefs and practices.
What kinds of specific issues do couples work on in interfaith/ intercultural premarital and couples counseling?
Couples work on a wide range of issues in interfaith/intercultural couples counseling such as:
- how to learn more about and better understand their partner’s religious, spiritual, and/or cultural background
- how to reconcile differing ideologies and practices
- how to observe and celebrate each other’s holidays
- how to raise children so that they are exposed to both partners’ traditions without being overwhelmed and/or confused
- how to find a spiritual community that works for both partners
- how to integrate both extended families, especially during the wedding/holidays
- how to remain united while still honoring differences
- how to grow together spiritually even if both partners are on seemingly different paths
Groups/ Workshops at Midtown
We offer a few groups and workshops to compliment your individual and couples work. Groups and workshops are experiential in nature and provide you with tools and techniques you can implement in your daily life.
Premarital Counseling Workshop
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Anger Management Workshop
Are you angry? Are you frequently annoyed, aggravated, frustrated, quick to rage? Do you lose your temper too often? This anger management workshop provides an in-depth look at the core of anger. Read More…
Communication Skills Workshop
From Isolation to Connection: How to speak and listen in ways that are felt, heard, and understood. Communication skills training in NYC for couples and individuals: problem resolution, resolve conflict, communicate more effectively.