Discernment Counseling is for people who are considering divorce but are not completely sure if it’s the right path for them. They want to take one more look before making a permanent decision with long term consequences. It’s for people who want to give their marriage another chance even though their spouse is moving towards divorce.
According to the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Website:
If you or your spouse are considering divorce, a Discernment Counselor can help you:
• gain clarity and confidence about what steps to take next with your marriage
• understand what has happened to your marriage
• look at both sides of problems – yours and your spouse’s
• determine whether past counseling has been helpful or not so helpful
• evaluate the possibility of solving your problems and staying married
• make a good decision about whether or not to move towards divorce
Discernment Counseling is not for everyone, especially if:
• one spouse has made a final decision to divorce and wants counseling to encourage the other spouse accept that decision
• there is a danger of domestic violence
• there is an Order of Protection from the court
• one spouse is coercing the other to participate.

If you think you might be a good candidate for Discernment Counseling, contact Claudia Arthrell at carthrell@cox.net.