We know that getting married needs a huge amount of preparation, but we overwhelmingly interpret the task in practical terms. We worry a lot about the flowers and devote extraordinary attention to the seating plan. And yet when people look back on a failed union and wonder where the mistakes might have arisen, they rarely come to the conclusion that the fault really lay in an ill-judged floral display or an unsuccessful after-party.
The main preparation we need ahead of marriage is not practical, but psychological. We need to understand ourselves, our partners, where difficulties may arise and how love might work. We need properly to fathom what we are headed into and what the correct mindset for the journey might be.
It’s with this in mind that we have designed what we take to be the single-best tool to help marriages: dedicated pre-marital relationship Couple Therapy. This gifts a couple with the opportunity to see what issues they might face in the company of a hugely mature, kind and helpful psychotherapist (who never takes sides). The session enables both parties to look into their pasts, consider what dynamics they may be bringing into the relationship and how best to deal with the other’s psyche as they embark on a new phase of life. More sessions may be arranged and this session provides a helpful and solid start - and, not least, makes for a perfect wedding gift for a couple one loves
For more information, please read our Psychotherapy FAQs, which can be accessed here.
All The School of Life Psychotherapists are listed here (within our Faculty members) and are either registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the British Psychoanalytic Council or the British Psychological Society (BPS).
“Our psychotherapists are fully trained and experienced professionals, but we are more than that – we are open-minded, dedicated, and curious. We aren’t dogmatic and although we care deeply about psychology and psychotherapy, we also recognize the immense contributions philosophy, culture, art, music, and literature have made to our understanding of the human condition. We appreciate the pain and joy of being alive, and we provide a safe, private space for exploring and making sense of some of the darkness. Psychotherapy can help you manage the complexities of simply being human.” Charlotte Fox Weber, Head of Psychotherapy
Booking Information - In person & Online Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is available for anyone around the world. Our therapists offer both in person and online sessions. All sessions are held in English.
The consultation will last for 50 minutes and the fee is £100. This will be an opportunity for you to have an in-depth conversation with a highly qualified psychotherapist. You may then choose to have weekly follow-on sessions, which you'll arrange directly with the psychotherapist.
In person sessions take place in our therapy space in London: 8 Northington Street, WC1N 2JQ.
Online sessions require that you have a reliable internet connection, privacy and a Zoom account set up ahead of your session.
If you would like to buy someone a Pre-Marriage Counselling gift e-voucher, you can buy one here.
If you are unable to arrange a session and would like to cancel it, we will gladly offer a full refund within 6 months of the original booking, or a credit voucher for cancellations made after 6 months and within 1 year of the original booking. We cannot offer any refunds or exchanges after 12 months of the original booking.
If you were gifted a session that you do not wish to redeem, then we will exchange this for a gift voucher within 12 months of the original booking. If you have purchased a session for pre-marriage counselling and would like it to be individual, you may do so; we ask you to notify the therapist in advance if this is the case.
If you have scheduled a session with a therapist and have confirmed the appointment time and date, we have a forty-eight-hour notice period. If you need to cancel your appointment with less than a 48 hours’ notice, we cannot offer a refund or session replacement.
To request a refund or exchange for a gift voucher please email [email protected]