Dr Bill Docherty in the States developed this specialist service for couples “who are on the brink” where one or both are not sure if they want to save their relationship. This is a very particular high intensity and difficult situation usually for all concerned and as such demands the right kind of focus and support from a therapist if the crisis is to be resolved.
I follow Dr Docherty’s training for therapist to provide such a service to the couples who are at this stage.
The discernment service that I offer works in the following way:
I work to engage with you as the couple and together we go through a process of exploring how you both feel and think about your experiences of the relationship. We will use this information to help you both decide whether it is possible to consider having one last try to heal and restore the relationship.
Discernment counselling is usually very short-term work that can be done once or sometimes twice a week, according to the severity of the couple’s crisis and circumstances. This phase of therapy comes to an end when a decision emerges. At this point I can either embark on a couples’ therapy programme to help you create a new, more healthy relationship or help you onto planning your lives living separately.
Dr Bill Docherty