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Couples On The Brink Counseling

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 a unique service offered by Principle Skills Relationship Center.

Caralee Frederic, LCSW, is the first and only therapist in Colorado Springs trained to guide you through the challenging decision process.

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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. His experience included working with therapists, legislators, lawyers and mediators 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 other wants to save it. As a therapist, he developed a new way to work with these couples.

With his daughter, marriage and family therapist Elizabeth Doherty Thomas, he brought together 3 professions who had never joined forces before: marriage therapists, family lawyers, and divorce mediators.

They established the DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals and Discernment Counseling training. 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.
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

Choose 1 of 4 statements to help you decide if Couples On The Brink Counseling is right for you and your partner.

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Are you unsure if divorce is the answer?

Couples On The Brink Counseling a unique service offered by Principle Skills Relationship Center.

Caralee Frederic, LCSW, is the first and only therapy in Colorado Springs trained to guide you through the challenging decision process.

New Clients

We are now accepting new clients for PRIVATE THERAPY SERVICES.
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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 psychotherapy sessions.
The workshop helps maintain and continue the progress made in counseling.

People in private counseling need support from a strong relationship with their partners. The couples workshop has been proven to assist in healing and recovery.