Couples On The Brink

A transformational experience for couples who are contemplating divorce.


To Stay Married or Divorce?

Are you unsure if divorce is the answer?
Couples On The Brink Counseling is a unique service offered by Principle Skills Relationship Center.
Principle Skills is the first therapy practice in Colorado Springs to be certified in Discernment Counseling, to guide you through this challenging decision process.

FAQ | Couples On The Brink Counseling

If you and/or your partner have some ambivalence about whether to stay together or move toward divorce, Couples On The Brink Counseling can guide your decision. This type of counseling is also known as Discernment Counseling.

The goal of Discernment Counseling is to help couples gain clarity and confidence (discern) on which path they wish to choose, based on a deeper understanding of the relationship dynamics and their own role in the marital distress.

Traditional couples counseling or marriage therapy is ideal for partners who are both motivated to work on their marriage.

Couples On The Brink Counseling is for couples where one or both of you is not sure about the marriage and whether couples therapy can help.

It is short-term and has different goals, formats and structures compared to marriage therapy/couples counseling.

This type of counseling was developed by internationally recognized marriage expert Bill Doherty, Ph.D., and his daughter, marriage and family therapist Elizabeth Doherty Thomas.

They brought together 3 professions who had never joined forces before:

  • marriage therapists,
  • family lawyers, and
  • divorce mediators.

Their common goal was to strengthen and preserve marriages where possible and to offer a safe landing for a family-friendly divorce when a marriage is ending.

They wanted to better serve couples struggling with divorce decisions.

Dr. Doherty found that many couples had mixed agendas: One partner is “leaning out” of the marriage and the other wants to save it.

This is a better new way to work with these couples.

Couples On The Brink Counseling is a unique type of therapy. Counselors undergo training with the DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals to become a member. Additional training is required for certification.

Discernment Quiz

Couples in MN can also access Discernment Counseling.

New Clients

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Consider a Couples Workshop

For people considering private counseling or undergoing counseling, we recommend attending The Art and Science of Love, a couples workshop created by world-renown The Gottman Institute.

Why The Workshop?

Introduces both partners to concepts and terms that will be used in private sessions.
Helps maintain and continue the progress made in counseling.
Assists in healing and recovery for partners in private therapy.
Is less expensive than couples therapy.
Requires less time commitment than couples therapy.