Pre-Marriage Counselling

Pre-Marriage Counselling Cairns

Making a lifelong commitment is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, but it can also be one of the most daunting.  Northern Frontiers’ Pre-Marriage Counselling service helps partners understand their own and each other’s needs and expectations. Understanding each other in this way gives your love the best chance of lasting a lifetime…

Pre-Marriage Counselling is often recommended by wedding celebrants and can be conducted in-person at our Cairns offices or via phone or video-chat (Facetime, Skype, Zoom etc.) from the comfort of your home.  As Cairns is a premier wedding destination, we receive referrals from the many wedding celebrants throughout the region – even when their clients are located elsewhere in Australia.  With flexible phone and video-chat options we can easily work Pre-Marriage Counselling into your wedding preparations.


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Northern Frontiers’ senior counsellor, Melinda Bailey, uses Emotion Focused Couples Therapy to invite partners to learn more about their own and each others’ emotional needs. These may include the need for:


Openness and Honesty


Sexual Fulfilment

Intimate Conversation

Family Commitment

Financial Support

Recreational Companionship

Domestic Support

Physical Attractiveness

Couples rank their needs in order of priority i.e. Low/Moderate/High. They learn about the nature of human emotional need and what it’s feels like to live with unmet needs (i.e. distressed/frustrated/angry/discontent/resentful). The benefits of knowing and meeting each other’s needs (i.e. close bonding/staying in love) are highlighted. In this way couples gain valuable insight into their own needs as well as those of their partner and give their relationship the best possible start.

Melinda calls the end result ‘the couples blueprint’ to keeping each other happy and explains that, because people are not mind-readers, clear honest communication is vital in order to avoid making assumptions about each other’s needs.

Couples also learn how to actively listen for understanding by engaging in an activity called the Imago Dialogue.

Sessions typically last 50 minutes and weekend appointments are reserved for couples.

2019 Fees:

Standard 50-minute joint Pre-Marriage Counselling sessions cost $130.00.  Longer sessions are available by prior appointment. Couples typically require 3-4 sessions. At any time throughout the counselling process either partner may request an Individual Session. Fee: 95.00 for a standard 50-minute individual session.

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Flexible Appointment Times:

From 7.00am – 4pm weekdays and from 8:30 Sundays – which means there’s no need to disrupt your work/life schedule. Weekend appointments tend to fill fast so please book early to avoid disappointment. Call 1300 90 81 70 or email:

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75 Digger St,

Cairns North QLD 4870


+1300 90 81 70

Mobile: 0419 531 269 (text messaging available)

LiveChat: If you have any questions about our services and don't have time to ring or email, feel free to use the LiveChat function (bottom right of this page).



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: (Closed)

Sunday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm