203 Marriage Counseling Questions

Written by Harini Natarajan

Marriages are made in heaven. But, at times, this beautiful relationship may encounter rough tides. Disagreements, arguments, and conflicts are a part of every marriage, but what matters the most is how you overcome them. However, when things get out of control despite your best efforts, professional help may be your best option. This is where marriage counseling comes into the picture.

Marriage counseling sessions involve an intermediator or a counselor who gives the couple an opportunity to express each other and ask certain questions to get to the root cause of the problem. These questions can be extremely helpful in resolving differences and get life back to normal. But, these marriage counseling sessions could be tough. Therefore, it is advised to plan some questions in advance that you want to ask your partner and keep the conversation going.

Here are some couples counseling questions that you can ask your partner during your sessions.

129 Marriage Counseling Questions

  1. What are the biggest problems in our marriage?
  2. When did the problems start?
  3. What do I do that gets on your nerves?
  4. What do you love most about me?
  5. Do you trust me?
  6. What made you come to marriage counseling?
  7. What can I do to make our marriage better?
  8. Are you satisfied sexually?
  9. Where do you see our marriage in X years?
  10. Do you know how much I love and appreciate you?
  11. What are the main issues in our marriage?
  12. What are the most pressing problems in our marriage?
  13. How and when did the problems start?
  14. Is this just a bad phase in our marriage?
  15. What made you seek/accept professional help?
  16. What are the things that you love about me?
  17. What are the things that you can’t stand about me?
  18. Are there past conflicts that we need to resolve?
  19. Do I fulfill your physical needs?
  20. Are you seeing someone?
  21. What should I do to regain your trust?
  22. Are we communicating enough?
  23. Do I stress you out?
  24. Do you think there’s an intimacy between us?
  25. How do you feel about me on a daily basis?
  26. Do you feel loved?
  27. Is the relationship impacting your self-esteem?
  28. Are we willing to compromise?
  29. Are we holding each other back?
  30. Are we willing to change?
  31. What can I do to make our relationship better?
  32. Is our marriage what you pictured it to be?
  33. What makes you happy about our marriage?
  34. Do you still have feelings for me?
  35. Do you want this marriage to succeed?
  36. Are there any reasons our marriage cannot improve?
  37. What are the most important issues we should work on?
  38. Why did we originally fall in love?
  39. What needs are we failing to meet?
  40. Who will be affected by the decision regarding our marriage?
  41. What kind of love do you feel for me now?
  42. What can we do to become intimate?
  43. Are there any unresolved conflicts?
  44. What will our lives be like if we separate?
  45. How are our finances?
  46. Are our expectations for each other reasonable?
  47. What are the positives in our marriage?
  48. What is the biggest change in our relationship?
  49. Can we make our marriage a top priority?
  50. Do we still trust each other?
  51. How long are we willing to work on our marriage?
  52. Do we have the right marriage counselor?
  53. Do we want to stay together?
  54. Is this a temporary phase (or is it something more permanent)?
  55. Do you believe we can save our marriage?
  56. Do you love me, and if so, in what way?
  57. Is there anything you don’t trust about me?
  58. Are you satisfied with our degree of intimacy?
  59. Are you seeing anyone else? Do you want to?
  60. Do you feel you can talk to me about anything?
  61. Is there anything from our past that still bothers you?
  62. Why do you want this to work out?
  63. What do you expect from our counseling sessions?
  64. Do you see a future?
  65. What can I do to make our marriage better?
  66. Do you know how much I love/respect/admire you?
  67. Can we revive our marriage?
  68. Will we ever feel desire again?
  69. Can we get over the affair that you/I had?
  70. Will an open relationship improve our marriage?
  71. How do we open our marriage?
  72. Can we spice things up?
  73. Do we need to give each other more space and time?
  74. Do you think we should live separately for some time?
  75. Do you think our finances are one of the reasons?
  76. Do you think we don’t give time to each other?
  77. Do you feel a sense of freedom in this relationship?
  78. Am I failing to understand your needs?
  79. Do you think it’s time to openly tell the kids about the problem?
  80. Do you think I am failing as a husband/wife?
  81. Shall we involve our families?
  82. Do you think we will be able to live happily in the future?
  83. Are you continuing the marriage for the sake of our kids?
  84. Do you think I have changed as a person?
  85. Would you want me to implement some changes?
  86. Are you not confident about our married life?
  87. Are there any trust issues?
  88. Do you feel I stop you from doing things?
  89. Do I overpower or dominate you in the relationship?
  90. Do you have issues with me traveling for work?
  91. Do you think I don’t give much time at home?
  92. Are we lacking understanding and communication?
  93. Can we ever be satisfied in this relationship?
  94. Is our marriage impacting our kids?
  95. Can we do anything to make things better?
  96. Is separation the final resort?
  97. Do you find me irresponsible?
  98. Will we be able to love each other the same way we used to?
  99. What do you expect out of me as a spouse?
  100. Do we need a holiday to discuss what’s wrong?
  101. Do you still feel for me?
  102. Do you think I don’t feel for you anymore?
  103. How can I gain back your trust?
  104. Will you forgive me If I say I am seeing someone?
  105. Have you considered having another relationship?
  106. Do you feel I don’t listen to you?
  107. Are you comparing me with someone?
  108. Am I failing as a mother/father?
  109. Are we just going through a bad phase?
  110. Am I the culprit?
  111. Do you think I don’t consider your family or parents?
  112. Do only I need to change?
  113. Do I stalk you?
  114. Have you ever stalked me?
  115. Do you think I don’t share financial details with you?
  116. Do you think I am hiding anything?
  117. Should we give each other a chance?
  118. How well do we know each other?
  119. Are we lacking interest?
  120. What are your expectations of our sexual relationship?
  121. Am I a jealous person?
  122. Do you think we listen to one another well?
  123. Do you believe that we should be doing everything together?
  124. How can we make sure we spend quality time together?
  125. How will we make decisions together?
  126. Are we both willing to face the difficult questions?
  127. Do you feel accepted?
  128. Have we tried everything?
  129. Are you willing to change to make improvements?

Marriage counseling is not reserved for married couples only. You can also go for some marriage counseling sessions with your partner before getting married to figure out how compatible you both are. Listed below are some pre-marriage counseling questions that you can ask.

68 Pre-Marriage Counseling Questions

  1. How many kids do you want?
  2. What values do you want to instill in our children?
  3. How do you want to discipline our kids?
  4. What would you do if one of our children said he was homosexual?
  5. What if our children didn’t want to go to college?
  6. How much say should children have in a family?
  7. How comfortable are you around children?
  8. Would you be opposed to having our parents watch the children so we can spend time alone together?
  9. Would you put your children in a private or public school?
  10. What are your thoughts on homeschooling?
  11. Would you be willing to adopt if we couldn’t have kids?
  12. Would you be willing to seek medical treatment if we couldn’t have kids naturally?
  13. Do you believe it’s okay to discipline your child in public?
  14. How do you feel about paying for your kid’s college education?
  15. How far apart do you want kids?
  16. Would you want someone to stay home with the kids or use a daycare?
  17. How would you feel if our kids wanted to join the military rather than go to college?
  18. How involved do you want grandparents to be in our parenting?
  19. How will we handle parental decisions?
  20. Would you be willing to go to marriage counseling if we were having marital problems?
  21. If there is a disagreement between your family and me, whose side do you choose?
  22. How do you handle disagreements?
  23. Would you ever consider divorce?
  24. Would you rather discuss issues as they arise or wait until you have a few problems?
  25. How would you communicate you aren’t satisfied sexually?
  26. What is the best way to handle disagreements in a marriage?
  27. How can I be better at communicating with you?
  28. How do you feel about debt?
  29. Would you want us to hold a joint account or use separate accounts?
  30. What are your views on saving money?
  31. What are your views on spending money?
  32. What if we both want something but can’t afford both?
  33. How well do you budget?
  34. Do you feel it is important to save for retirement?
  35. Would you be willing to get a second job if we had financial problems?
  36. Do you have any debt?
  37. What if a family member wants to borrow a large sum of money?
  38. Who will take care of the financial matters of the household?
  39. How often would you want to visit your family?
  40. How often will your family visit us?
  41. How often would you want my family to visit?
  42. How often would you want to visit my family?
  43. Do you have a family history of diseases or genetic abnormalities?
  44. What if one of your family members said they disliked me?
  45. How would you handle holiday family visits?
  46. If your parents became ill, would you take them in?
  47. What would you do if we fell out of love?
  48. What are your career aspirations?
  49. What would you like to be doing five or ten years from now?
  50. What do you think is the best way to keep the love alive in a marriage?
  51. How do you think life will change if we got married?
  52. What, according to you, is the best thing about marriage?
  53. What, according to you, is the worst thing about marriage?
  54. What is your idea of the best weekend?
  55. How important are wedding anniversaries to you?
  56. How would you like to spend special days?
  57. What kind of grandparent do you want to be someday?
  58. What type of house do you want to live in?
  59. What is your biggest fear about marriage?
  60. What excites you about getting married?
  61. What do wedding rings mean to you?
  62. Are you afraid to talk to me about anything?
  63. What do you think would improve our relationship?
  64. What would be one thing you would change about our relationship?
  65. Do you have any doubts about the future of our relationship?
  66. Do you believe love can pull you through anything?
  67. Is there anything you don’t trust about me?
  68. If my parents became ill, would you mind taking them in?

Marriage counseling is not just about getting answers to your own questions. The marriage counselor may ask you and your partner some questions as well. Some of the potential questions they can ask you are listed below.

Questions Marriage Counselors Ask 

  1. What were your childhoods like?
  2. Growing up, what were your families like?
  3. What is your history of past relationships?
  4. What is the history of your marriage?
  5. What are the current problems?
  6. What are the strengths of the relationship?

These are some couple-testing questions that can help you understand each other better and get through the hardships in your marriage. But remember, every marriage has its ups and downs, and to make it last, both of you need to contribute equally. So, give each other some time and communicate well to make the most of your beautiful married life.

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