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.


For more information visit www.discernmentcounseling.com.                    

What Is It?

Contact Us

Please contact one of the following clinicians if you are interested in discernment counseling.

Discernment Counseling

West Des Moines

6600 Westown Pkwy., Suite 240

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


General Fax: (515) 401-1086

Medication/Prescription Fax: (515) 402-4381

Ready to get started?

Please Note: Although every effort is made to protect confidentiality, it is not recommended that personal health information be delivered via un-encrypted e-mail, as it is not a secure form of communication. Please be aware that 515 Therapy & Consulting does not provide emergency services. In case of emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.