Discernment counseling

What is Discernment Counseling?

Discernment counseling involves meeting with you to discuss the pros and cons of continuing your relationship. It is a component or form of some couples counseling or relationship counseling. For example, sometimes, one partner wants to end a relationship or marriage, but the other does not. Sometimes one or both partners are not sure.

In these situations, it is essential to consider all the factors involved. Among other things, discernment counseling may help you decide to discuss what would happen with kids, how property would ideally be divided, how to proceed if the couple wants a divorce, and how to move on emotionally regardless of whether you stay in the relationship. What starts as discernment counseling may move to more traditional couples counseling or relationship counseling if you decide to give it more of a try. You may decide you need to see an attorney or move on from the discernment or making a decision to discussing what you need to do moving forward.

There are a few options with this type of counseling, and it is usually brief. One is a quick decision to end the relationship. Another is to postpone the decision. Another is to commit to a duration such as six months in which you will both do everything you can to save your relationship.

Discernment counseling may involve exploring the history of your relationship and how you got to your current position. Exploring the good and bad times is important to see how you have gotten off track.

What if We Don’t Want to Consider Discernment Counseling?

You don’t have to. This option is for couples who are not sure if they should stay together and want to talk about it. Some couples may be against separating or divorcing at any cost, at which case we can focus on how to make the best of what you have. Read more about whether we ever directly recommend divorce.

How Can You Help Us?

Cardinal Point Counseling can help with Columbus Ohio discernment counseling if so desired. The ultimate decision to end a relationship impacts you and your partner and is ultimately your own. If you want a therapist’s opinion based on how similar couples have faired, we can provide that. In addition, we can tell you if your relationship seems healthy, but the ultimate decision is up to you.

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