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Treating the Mixed-Agenda Couple

Bill Doherty On An Approach For Unaligned Relationships

What do you do when one partner in a couple is serious about divorce, while the other hopes to save the marriage?

According to Bill Doherty, renowned couples therapist, the imbalance in vulnerability created in this situation makes traditional approaches ineffective.

Bill proposes an alternative he calls Discernment Therapy, which initially requires that he see partners separately. In this quick video clip he explains why.

Click on the video frame below to watch and listen to Bill’s approach.

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The series features 6 sessions with recognized experts in the field—Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson, Hedy Schleifer, William Doherty, Esther Perel, Jette Simon, and David Schnarch.

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2 Responses to Treating the Mixed-Agenda Couple

  1. Karen Kozlowski Graham, LCSW says:

    Hi – I’m so interested in your presentations and it would be great if they were captioned. If you’d like to talk with me about that please let me know at

    Karen Graham, LCSW

  2. susanq13 says:

    I agree that when working with the individual
    in the couple you get more information and the possibility of more insight into the bigger picture.
    Susan Quinn

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