Discernment Counseling
Discernment Counseling is a process for couples where one or both partners are considering a separation or divorce, or are ambivalent about the future of their relationship. It is different from Couples Counseling in that this process will assist couples to decide whether or not it will be possible to stay together and live well. Provides a neutral setting for honest and respectful communication.

 Guiding the couple in recognizing and owning their contributions to the state of their current, past and future relationship.

Helps both partners achieve a better sense of acceptance and understanding of the direction or steps the couple will take as they move forward from this self-evaluation.

 The focus is not on behavior change but rather the clarification of what exists. This may lead to change or build a framework for the future, but it is not the goal of this self-evaluation.

The self-evaluation is designed to be short-term (four to six sessions).

The process is customized to the needs of the couple’s relationship.

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Meetings which are generally with both partners, although at least one individual meeting will take place with each partner.

A review of the relationship story from both partners' perspective (meeting, courtship, decisions, and significant events).

Reviewing the strengths, challenges and both partners' contributions to the relationship.

Recognizing the efforts that have/have not been made to address concerns.

The Couple determines what the next step will be:
1.Proceed with couple therapy
2. End the relationship
3. Take other agreed upon steps:
     -Individual therapy
     -Chemical dependency evaluation
     -anger management counseling
4. Do None of these.
Dr. John Knight PhD, LMHC 200 Emerald Bay Dr. Suite 300 Oldsmar, FL 34677 E-mail: drknight1@live.com Phone:727-483-9599