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Discernment Counseling

What is Discernment Counselling?

Discernment counseling is a specialized form of couples therapy that aims to help couples on the brink of divorce or separation. Unlike traditional couples therapy, which focuses on problem-solving and reconciliation, discernment counseling focuses on clarifying the relationship's future. It provides a safe and structured space for individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and doubts with the guidance of a therapist.

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In a world where relationships can be complex and challenging, discernment counseling offers a unique approach to help couples unsure about their relationship's future and are considering separation or divorce.

At Anchored Therapy Centre, we understand individuals' and couples' complexities and challenges when contemplating separation or divorce. Our discernment counselling assists couples and partners to gain clarity and make informed decisions about the future of their relationship.

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Benefits of Discernment Counseling

Discernment counseling offers numerous advantages for couples by creating a structured and non-judgmental environment, and it allows individuals to gain insight into their own needs, desires, and fears. Couples and partners are encouraged to listen and understand each other's perspectives, which can lead to improved communication and empathy. It allows personal growth and reflection, fostering greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence.


While the primary goal of discernment counseling is not necessarily reconciliation, it does pave the way for positive outcomes. By gaining clarity and understanding, couples are better equipped to make informed decisions about the future of their relationship. Some couples find renewed commitment and pursue meaningful changes through couples therapy. Others may choose separation or divorce but with a greater sense of peace and confidence in their decision.


When faced with relationship difficulties, discernment counseling offers couples a valuable opportunity to gain clarity and make informed decisions. It empowers individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings, understand each other's perspectives, and find new paths toward growth and fulfillment. With the guidance of a skilled discernment therapist, couples can navigate the challenging terrain of uncertainty and emerge with a clearer vision for their future.

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Discernment Counseling Process

During the discernment counseling process, the therapist assists the couple in understanding their individual and shared experiences, perceptions, and hopes. The sessions are typically short-term and goal-oriented, spanning a few sessions over several weeks. The process involves exploration and reflection as the couple considers three options:


Continuing with the relationship as it is.

Through open and honest dialogue, we'll work together to gain clarity and understanding, empowering you to make informed choices that align with your values and aspirations. Whether it's continuing on the current path or exploring new possibilities, we're here to support you every step of the way.


Moving towards separation or divorce.

Deciding to move towards separation or divorce is a significant and often difficult choice that requires careful consideration and support. In our discernment counseling program, we offer a compassionate space for couples to explore their options and navigate the complexities of ending a relationship. 


Committing to six months of couples therapy to work on the relationship.

Embarking on a journey of healing and growth, committing to six months of couples therapy is a courageous step towards strengthening your relationship. In our discernment counseling program, we provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for couples to explore their challenges, deepen their connection, and gain clarity on the path forward. 

Found What You're Looking For?

If you're looking for licensed therapist for discernment counseling near you, don't hesitate to reach out to Anchored Therapy Centre.

Take the First Step in exploring discernment counseling further or have any questions, please contact us to schedule a consultation. 

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