Discernment counseling is a way for couples to look at their options before making a final decision about divorce. It is most appropriate for couples where one partner wants to preserve and repair the relationship and the other is leaning towards ending it. Research shows that this kind of “mixed agenda” is common among couples approaching divorce, and there is a dearth of special services for them. It’s also a common (and difficult) presentation in couples counseling. Discernment counseling differs from regular marriage counseling in three ways: a) the goal is not to solve problems in the relationship, but to figure out whether the problems can be solved; b) the process involves mainly individual conversations with each partner, since they each have different needs and agendas, and c) it is always short term.

Olga Bloch, LCMFT has been practicing discernment counseling since 2013. She was trained by Dr. Bill Doherty who is the creator of discernment counseling. She would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding how this unique type of counseling approach can help to bring some clarity to your marriage.

If you would like more information about Discernment Counseling go to www.discernmentcounseling.com

Call Olga today at (240)252-5967 for a FREE phone consultation, she can help!

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