Discernment Counseling

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What is Discernment Counseling

As a Discernment Counselor I am trained to help couples discern, in one to five sessions, whether they will continue down the same path, decide to separate or divorce, or make a six-month concerted effort in couples therapy with divorce off the table.

If divorce is on the table, but you aren’t completely sure if that’s the best path, Discernment Counseling is for you. Discernment Counseling is designed for couples where one is leaning towards ending the marriage while the other wants to find a way forward. This approach offers an opportunity for both partners to slow down and look at every option- whether it is an attempting to restore your marriage, move towards divorce or decide to take a time- out to decide later, with a clear agenda for change.

The goal is for each of you to gain clarity and confidence about a direction, based on a deeper understanding of your relationship and its possibilities for the future.


Discernment Counseling is not suited for the following situations:

-One spouse has already made a final decision to divorce

- When one spouse is coercing the other to participate

- When there is danger of domestic violence