Discernment Counseling is a unique, 1 to 5 session model designed to help couples evaluate their options before making a final decision about divorce. Couples can expect to gain clarity and confidence about next steps for their relationship and a deeper understanding of what has happened to their relationship and each person's contributions to the problems.
The initial commitment for the couple is simply the first 2 hour session. During this session, each person decides separately if they would like one more session, up to a maximum of five. 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. The outcomes are framed in terms of three paths: stay married as it, move towards divorce, or decide to do full-on couples therapy for six months to see if the marriage can be put into a good place, with a clear agenda for personal change and with divorce off the table during this time.
Discernment Counseling may not be a covered insurance benefit and may be considered an out-of-pocket expense. Payment is due at the time of service.
What Is It?
Please contact one of the following clinicians if you are interested in discernment counseling.