Discernment Counseling

A Service For Couples On The Brink Of Divorce

Dr. Carswell is a Certified Discernment Counselor. This is a specific extensive training and certification in another lesser known service called Discernment counseling which is designed for specific types of couples. If you or your spouse are considering divorce but are not completely sure that’s the best path, you are in a tough spot. If this describes you or your partner then Discernment Counseling is designed for you. If one partner wants to pursue couples therapy but the other is unsure then Discernment Counseling is a first step process for you. Basically it is a chance to slow down, take a breath, and look at your options for your marriage. Discernment Counseling is a new way of helping couples where one person is “leaning out” of the relationship—and not sure that regular marriage counseling would help–and the other is “leaning in”—that is, interested in rebuilding the marriage. The counselor will help you decide whether to try to restore your marriage to health, move toward divorce, or take a time out and decide later.

Considering one last try for your marriage? | Discernment Counseling | Wellness Psychological Services | Tampa, FLGOALS OF DISCERNMENT COUNSELING

The goal is for you to gain clarity and confidence about a direction, based on a deeper understanding of your relationship and its possibilities for the future. The goal is not to solve your marital problems but to see if they are solvable. You will each be treated with compassion and respect no matter how you are feeling about your marriage at the moment. No bad guys and good guys.
You will come in as a couple but the most important work occurs in the one-to-one conversations with the counselor. Why? Because you are starting out in different places.

The counselor respects your reasons for divorce while trying to open up the possibility of restoring the marriage to health.
The counselor emphasizes the importance of each of you seeing your own contributions to the problems and the possible solutions. This will be useful in future relationships even if this one ends.


Not sure if your marriage can be saved? | Discernment Counseling | Wellness Psychological Services | Tampa, FLIt is a time limited process designed to help you make a decision on how you want to proceed for your marriage.
Number of Sessions: A maximum of five counseling sessions.
The first session is usually two hours and the subsequent are 1.5 or 2 hours.

Discernment Counseling is not Suited for these situations:

  • When one spouse has already made a final decision to divorce
  • When one spouse is coercing the other to participate
  • When there is danger of domestic violence


Dr. Carswell is a Certified Discernment Counselor through the Doherty Institute which involves in depth training in Discernment Counseling (DC) From Bill Doherty & going through his process for certification after having significant experience offering Discernment Counseling to couples on the brink.

See her profile on the main DC website Modern Commitment

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