Heartbreak. Again and again.
That's life when there's substance abuse in the family.
When your partner struggles with active substance abuse or process addictions, it wears you out. It destroys the fabric of the marriage. Underneath it all is the person you married. But maybe there’s too much water under the bridge.
Discernment counseling is a new way to make decisions for your marriage. Topic-specific, short term intensive sessions guide you and your spouse towards gaining clarity and confidence to move forward. It’s about making decisions, not changes.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
At some point, staying in a marriage where one person is in active addiction becomes part of the problem. Old dynamics repeat as the marriage deteriorates. When kids are involved, they get caught in the crossfire. Nothing changes if nothing changes.
But something has to change. Dr. Laura L. Walsh has been treating addiction and codependency for nearly two decades. We’ll target the choices ahead for you and your partner - whether it’s an all out commitment to family therapy and/or treatment, separation and divorce, or staying in a holding pattern. By focusing on the individuals and what they can each change, we’ll bring forth new insights and information to make decisions both clear and deliberate.
Discernment Counseling is designed to be short term and intensive. There’s a maximum of five weekly sessions or a two day workshop. Because of a history of mistrust over failed treatments and broken promises, you and your partner are a mixed-agenda couple. You’re not on the same page. Each meeting, we’ll focus on individual sessions with the aim of gaining clarity and confidence on the path forward. We’ll meet together several times during each appointment for specific tasks. At the end of each meeting, you’ll each decide if there will be another time scheduled.
If you’re at the end of your rope, Discernment Counseling can help. Read more about the Leaning In and the Leaning Out partner to see if this specialized counseling is right for you and your marriage. Contact me with questions and schedule a complimentary consultation appointment. Relief is around the corner.
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Dr. Laura L. Walsh is trained in the Discernment Counseling method of decision making. She'll help you decide whether to try to restore your marriage to health, move toward divorce, or take a time out and decide later.
Big decisions are hard.
You’ve come to a crossroads and it’s time to make some decisions. To confidently move forward, you need clarity to take the next steps. Assisted by a licensed clinical psychologist, this short-term, specialized process of 1- 5 sessions gives you the wisdom and insight you’ve needed to break free of ambivalence.