Discernment Counseling for "Mixed-Agenda" Couples.

  title={Discernment Counseling for "Mixed-Agenda" Couples.},
  author={William J. Doherty and Steven M. Harris and Jason L Wilde},
  journal={Journal of marital and family therapy},
  volume={42 2},
This article describes discernment counseling, an approach to working with couples where one partner is leaning toward divorce and the other wants to preserve the relationship and work on it in couples therapy. These "mixed-agenda" couples are common in clinical practice but have been neglected in the literature. The goal of discernment counseling is clarity and confidence regarding the next steps for the relationship, based on a deeper understanding of each partner's contributions. Sessions… CONTINUE READING