Over a thousand therapists, from multi-decades of experience to brand new to couples therapy have found a new way to feel productive and helpful to crisis couples on the brink of divorce by using this protocol. Watch this video to learn more.

Navigating the Brink: The Power of Discernment Counseling

Discernment Counseling is a specialized approach for couples teetering on the brink of divorce. Founded by Bill Doherty, this method provides a structured space for couples to explore their options with clarity and confidence.

Embracing the Dreaded Couple

Despite the challenges they present, therapists trained in Discernment Counseling often find themselves drawn to working with couples on the brink. Rather than shying away from the intensity of these situations, many therapists discover a passion for helping these couples navigate their uncertainties.

Creating a Contained Environment

Central to Discernment Counseling is creating a safe container for couples to explore their emotions and decisions. Through a carefully orchestrated process involving both joint and separate sessions, therapists guide couples towards understanding rather than necessarily reconciliation.

Goals of Clarity and Understanding

Unlike traditional couples therapy, which aims to salvage the relationship, Discernment Counseling focuses on providing clarity and understanding. By delving into the underlying issues and individual contributions to the problems, couples gain insight regardless of the final decision regarding their relationship.

Transforming Therapeutic Perspectives

For therapists, mastering Discernment Counseling represents a shift from viewing couples on the brink as insurmountable challenges to embracing them as opportunities for growth and learning. Equipped with the tools and techniques of this approach, therapists can confidently guide couples through their journey of discernment.