Counseling for Marriages on the Brink
If you or your partner are considering separation or divorce but are not completely sure it’s the best path, Discernment Counseling is designed for you. It’s a chance to slow down, take a breath, and look at your options for your relationship.
Discernment Counseling is a new way of helping couples where one person is “leaning out” of the relationship, not sure that regular couples or marriage counseling would help, and the other is “leaning in” with an interest in rebuilding the relationship.
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 relationship 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 relationship or marriage at the moment. There is no judgment in regard to "who's right and who's wrong."
You will come in as a couple but the most important work occurs in the one-to-one conversations with the counselor. Why? Because you are starting out in different places. The counselor respects your reasons for separation/divorce while trying to explore the possibility of restoring the marriage to health.
The counselor emphasizes the importance of each of you seeing your own contributions to the problems and the possible solutions. This will be useful in future relationships even if this one ends.
Discernment Counseling usually takes one to five sessions. It is not suited for these situations:
Counselor: Amy Harshman