Discernment Counseling

Discernment Counseling

What is Discernment Counseling?

Discernment Counseling was developed for couples who are not sure if they want to stay together or not. They are not even sure if they want to invest in couples counseling. Chances are either you or your spouse feels too little hope or energy to start traditional couples counseling. You may have tried that road before and find yourself at a crossroad now.

Discernment Counseling is especially designed for couples where one spouse is leaning towards divorce and the other wants to preserve the marriage. Couples like this don’t do well in traditional marriage counseling that aims at solving marital problems. They need a different approach.

The focus of Discernment Counseling is not solving marital problems but on seeing if they could potentially be solved. Sessions involve separate conversations with each spouse, as well as time as a couple.

How long does Discernment Counseling usually last?

Discernment Counseling is short term, just 1-5 sessions, and leads to a decision to either divorce or give the marriage a major last effort, with a clear agenda for change.

Who is Discernment Counseling for?

It is for people considering divorce but not sure it’s the right path for them.

It is for couples who want to take one more look at their relationship before making a permanent decision. It is also for people who want to give their marriage another chance even though their spouse is moving toward divorce.

What would I gain from engaging in Discernment Counseling?

You can expect to gain clarity and confidence about what steps to take next with your marriage.

You will gain understanding as to what happened to your marriage. You will evaluate the possibility of solving your problems and staying married. Most of all, you will be able to decide whether to move toward divorce or make last all-out effort to restore your marriage to health.

Dr. Ischler is trained in Discernment Counseling.

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