You may feel exhausted, feel you’ve “had enough”, feel you “can’t go on like this”… but …
I see that you’re both very attached to one another, through anger, through dependency, through proving “you’re right”… etc.
you [or one of you] says you still love the other;
the timing sounds terrible [e.g. you’re about to get a job promotion, or a parent is terminally ill…etc. ];
one partner is “floored”, or “devastated” by the other’s announcing that s/he wishes to separate:
“I knew you were unhappy, but didn’t think is was t h i s bad”, s/he’ll say.
In cases like the above, I will recommend several counseling sessions to:
give the non-initiating partner a little more time and understanding to accept the news, even if s/he does not like it. [ It’ll make the next decisions go so much more smoothly.]
clarify why you married in the first place
help you to understand , and perhaps to accept, how and why and when you drifted apart
and be really really clear that you do not want/ and/or cannot heal this relationship. This is The Big Question. If you both answer this honestly, then going forward, you don’t need to spend so much time and energy being unsure, ambivalent, angry, disillusioned … etc.
After all, what’s 2, or 4, or 6 counseling sessions delay when you’ve already waited 2, or 4, or 6 months…. or years ?!
It’s best for you to make the decision to separate and /or divorce, with a cool head. I urge you not make this decision, and the many decisions that will follow, out of haste, or in the midst of blue cold numbing or red hot blinding emotion.My neutral role during these sessions is to help each of you decide what’s best for yourself, for the relationship, and for your family[especially if you have children.] No matter how different or conflicting your feelings are about “what’s best”, I do not judge, nor do i decide for you. I help each of YOU decide, separately and together. *NB.: I consider these counseling sessions as therapy, and can give you a bill with a CPT-4 “90847 Couples Therapy” code. You can check with your insurance company if you will get reimbursed for an “out-of-network” Psychologist like myself. LEARN MORE at www.psychotherapyworksny.com