Discernment Counseling vs. Couples Therapy: Gaining Clarity and Confidence when Divorce is on the Table
What is discernment counseling?
Many couples who seek out marriage counseling have thought about divorce and some are “on the brink” of divorce. Discernment counseling is a brief form of counseling meant for couples who are considering divorce. Sometimes people have talked to a divorce attorney at this point to see what it would be like to move forward with separating while others have just been thinking about it. Not all people are 100% certain that they want a divorce when they file, and before filing, this therapy provides the opportunity to see if that is the best option.
This approach was created by Dr. Bill Doherty and Dr. Steve Harris at the University of Minnesota to provide a method for mental health professionals to work with couples in this intense emotional decision-making process. In this process, the provider works with you to identify what you would like to do in regards to your marriage or relationship moving forward.
Erin Guyette, MS, LAMFT