Discernment Counseling

Gain clarity and confidence in a direction for your marriage or relationship.

What is Discernment Counseling?

Discernment Counseling is designed for the couple where one of you is unsure if they want to stay in the marriage or leave. The goal is to help couples decide if they want to move toward divorce counseling and end their marriage well or engage in marriage counseling to see if they can make it work.

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“Discernment Counseling is a safe place for spouses who may be in very different places: one leaning out the door, potentially confused and feeling guilty, and the other spouse leaning into the marriage, perhaps frantic, angry, and dysregulated.”

“The goals are clarity and confidence in a direction for the marriage, based on a deeper understanding of what has happened to the marriage and each person’s contributions to the problems.”

(William Dougherty, PhD – developer of Discernment Counseling).

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How does Discernment Counseling work?

Couples agree to pursue 1-5 two-hour sessions. Each session includes individual and couple time. By the end of each session each spouse states their desire for the relationship and if they are willing to engage in another session of discernment counseling or pursue another course action.

How do we get started?

If you and your spouse cannot agree on if you should fight for your marriage or give up and divorce, discernment counseling might be a great step. Give us a call to schedule your first 2 hour session with one of our counselors who have been trained in this approach.

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