Deciding to Stay or Go: The Role of Discernment Counseling in Divorce

Season #1

In this episode of Intentional Divorce Insights, host Leah Hadley and guest Brittany Baker discuss how to make positive and lasting changes either individually or as a couple. Brittany  Baker is a licensed clinical social worker and has provided individual and couples therapy for over 10 years. She is very energetic and passionate about her role as a therapist for high achieving professionals, couples, and their families.

Key Topics Discussed:

- Leah and Brittany discuss the purpose of discernment counseling, which is to help couples who are unsure about whether to stay in their relationship or pursue divorce. 

- Brittany highlights the distinction between counseling and therapy, focusing on the brevity and goal-oriented nature of discernment counseling, capped at five sessions. 

- Discernment counseling is appropriate for individuals ambivalent about their relationships, and it often leads to approximately 40% of couples transitioning to marriage counseling, 40% proceeding towards divorce or mediation, and 10% choosing to maintain the status quo.

- Brittany shares advice on how to approach one's spouse about discernment counseling, emphasizing the importance of honest communication. 

- She offers advice on navigating the uncertainty of whether to stay or leave a relationship, urging individuals to differentiate between mindful decision-making and avoidance and to take decisive action toward addressing their concerns.

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