Divorce is not a decision that comes easily.  If either you or your spouse are considering divorce, but aren’t completely sure that it is the right choice for you, there is a new opportunity called discernment counseling.

What is Discernment Counseling?

Discernment Counseling is designed for couples where one spouse is leaning towards divorce, but the other spouse wants to preserve the marriage.  Couples like this usually don’t do well in traditional marriage counseling that aims at simply solving marital problems.  But, the focus of discernment counseling is not on simply solving marital problems.  It is about seeing if the problems could be solved in the first place.  Most of the time is spent with one spouse alone, which creates a safe space in order to explore all options.  Unlike most marriage counseling, discernment counseling is short term.  Often, just one to five sessions leads to a decision of divorce or a decision to give the marriage a last effort with a clear plan in place for change. 

Who is Discernment Counseling For?

Discernment counseling can be appropriate for many different couples.  However, this type of counseling has been found to be most effective for people who are considering divorce, but are not sure that it is the right path for them, people who want to take one final look at their relationship before making a permanent decision, and people who want to give their marriage another chance even though their spouse is moving toward divorce. 

Attorney Van Smith meets with clients who are trying to decide if divorce or separation is appropriate for them.  When doing this, he can align them with a discernment counselor as well.  If you are considering divorce or separation and think discernment counseling could be the right option for you and your spouse, call Smith Strong at (804) 325-1245 or (757) 941-4298 to discuss your options.

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