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Discernment Counseling

Discernment counseling is a type of brief couples therapy designed to help couples who are considering divorce or separation gain clarity and make a decision about the future of their relationship. This form of counseling is focused on helping couples explore their options, understand their feelings and motivations, and gain insight into their relationship dynamics.


The goal of discernment counseling is not to solve problems or save the relationship, but rather to help couples gain clarity and make an informed decision about whether to work on the relationship, move towards divorce, or continue in an undecided state. This type of counseling is typically short-term, ranging from one to five sessions, and is considered a structured and goal-oriented process.


During discernment counseling sessions, the therapist works with the couple to explore the reasons for considering divorce or separation, identify patterns of communication and behavior that may be contributing to relationship distress, and help each partner clarify their goals and priorities. The therapist may also help the couple explore the potential for reconciliation and identify areas where they may need to make changes in order to improve the relationship.


Discernment counseling differs from traditional couples therapy in that it is focused on helping couples gain clarity and make a decision, rather than on resolving ongoing issues or improving communication and conflict resolution skills. It is intended to provide a safe and neutral space for couples to explore their options and make a decision that is in the best interest of both partners.

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Breckenridge Location:

Phone: 218.643.9330

Fax: 218.641.1001

Address: 115 5th St N

Breckenridge, MN 56520​

Fargo South Location:

Phone: 701.532.1353 option 1

Fax: 701.532.1505

Address: 3369 39th St S Suite 2 Fargo, ND 58104

Fargo West Location:

Phone: 701.532.1353 option 2

Fax: 701.532.1505

Address: 4955 17th Ave S #122 Fargo, ND 58103

Grand Forks Location:

Phone: 701.792.7001

Fax: 701.792.7002

Address: 2303 S. Washington St

Grand Forks, ND 58201

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