Millennial Couples Are Going to Therapy before Moving in Together

For millennials, seeking out pre-move-in counseling is becoming the new premarital counseling. It makes sense: With marriage rates declining steadily – down 22 percent from 1960 to 2016, per the Pew Research Center – and living in sin up 29 percent over the past decade, according to census data, moving in together may be the biggest step young couples ever take.

 Like conventional premarital counseling, which can entail anything from religious classes to one-on-one talks with a secular officiant, pre-move-in counseling helps couples iron out their issues and air their anxieties ahead of a huge change.

 “Some couples come in for insight, others come in for an overhaul of their relationship,” Susan Plunket, a therapist based in Greenwich Village, says. In recent years, she’s seen a rise in young clients booking pre-move-in sessions – a spike she attributes to sky-high rent and millennials- attitudes toward shacking up, which she describes as “less bound by convention” than previous generations”. Typical hot topics in counseling sessions include finances and maintaining personal space.