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Discernment Counseling


If you or your spouse are considering divorce but are not completely sure that’s the best path,
you are in a tough spot. Discernment Counseling is designed for you. It’s a chance to slow
down, take a breath, and look at your options for your marriage.

Discernment Counseling is a new way of helping couples where one person is “leaning out” of
the relationship, not sure that regular marriage counseling would help, and the other is
“leaning in", interested in rebuilding the marriage.

The counselor will help you decide whether to try to restore your marriage to health, move
towards divorce, or take a time out and decide later.

The goal is for you to gain clarity and confidence about a direction, based on a deeper
understanding of your relationship and its possibilities for the future.
The goal is not to solve your marital problems but to see if they are solvable.

You will each be treated with compassion and respect no matter how you are feeling about your
marriage at the moment. No bad guys and good guys.You will come in as a couple but the most important
work occurs in the one-to-one conversationswith the counselor. Why? Because you are starting out in
different places.

The counselor respects your reasons for divorce while trying to open up the possibility of
restoring the marriage to health. The counselor emphasizes the importance of each of you seeing your own
contributions to theproblems and the possible solutions. This will be useful in future relationships even if
this one ends.

Number of Sessions: A maximum of five counseling sessions. The first session is usually two
hours and the subsequent are 1.5 to 2 hours.

Couples Discernment Counseling is not Suited for these situations:
• When 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

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