Pre-union counseling: A call to action

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Premarital counseling with heterosexual couples has been discussed with frequency in the counseling literature; however, little has been written about strategies and practices to serve same-sex couples planning to enter life partnerships. This article provides an overview of pre-union counseling, a new specialization designed to provide preventive, relationship-enhancing counseling to same-sex couples who are planning to marry or partner. A review of the premarital counseling and same-sex couples counseling literature serves as a foundation for pre-union counseling recommendations (content areas, goals, and format) with gay male and lesbian couples. Future research and scholarship needs regarding pre-union counseling also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-242
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - 5 Sep 2008


  • Couples counseling
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Pre-union counseling
  • Premarital counseling


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