I’m Dr. Laura L. Walsh

Clinical Psychologist & Relationship Coach

Is your relationship on the brink? Decide once and for all if your marriage can be saved.

 

Are you the Leaning In Partner?

Whether you saw it coming or it was a total surprise, you want to see if your marriage can be saved.

Are you the Leaning Out partner?

Having the same fight has gotten you nowhere and divorce seems like the only solution.

Anxious.  Afraid. Indecisive.  Overwhelmed.

The rush of emotions when divorce is on the table.  

The goal of discernment counseling is to help couples gain greater clarity and confidence with the direction of the relationship.  Maybe you want to save your marriage. Keep the family intact for the kids. Maybe you’re dealing with addiction, affairs, or abuse or have simply fallen out of love.  This short-term, intensive process of 1- 5 session(s) will add complexity as well as resolve to the issue.

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Discernment Counseling is about making decisions, not changes.

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We’re pro-marriage - but only if both parties are in and working towards health. Discernment Counseling aids you and your partner gain traction on the process and explore a new path for reconciliation.

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You can’t divorce yourself. Even if your relationship ultimately ends in divorce, skills learned in Discernment Counseling carry on. Nothing is wasted.

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Learn about yourself and what parts would need to change in this or another relationship. Couples counseling is only on the table if both of you are willing to do something different.

Divorce is never an emergency decision.

Weekly Sessions

You and your partner only sign up for one session at a time. Future sessions are scheduled at the end of each one if both parties agree.

Intensive Workshop

Designed for couples well versed in their issues, this customized workshop, held onsite in the Chicagoland area or nationwide, lays the groundwork for the future.  

Hopeful Spouse

If your partner isn’t willing to engage in Discernment Counseling, there’s still something you can do.   Focus on learning about yourself and your contributions to the relationship.

FAQ

You’ve got big decisions to make.  Get your questions answered.

Something must change.

Discernment Counseling brings out the best of both parties in mixed-agenda couples.  It creates the optimal environment to decide whether you can and want to solve your problems.   It helps the leaning-out partners identify and examine problems in a more complex way. Leaning-in partners can do something more constructive than just waiting for a decision.  By making constructive changes in themselves, they can try to reboot the marriage.

What is Discernment Counseling?

Discernment Counseling is for ‘mixed-agenda’ couples with divorce ambivalence.   It is a short-term, intensive process lasting 1- 5 session(s). Think of it as pre-marital decision counseling.

What are the goals for Discernment Counseling?

The goals are to create greater clarity and confidence in the decision about whether to try to restore the marriage or continue toward divorce.

What are ‘mixed-agenda’ couples?

Mixed-agenda couples are considering divorce.  Typically the leaning in person still has hope where the leaning out person does not.  

Is Discernment Counseling just divorce counseling?

No.  The focus is on learning about yourself and what parts would need to change in this or another relationship.  The outcome is one of three clear paths.

What are the three paths?

Path 1 is keeping the status quo.  Path two is making the decision to divorce.  Path three is an all-out, six month commitment to couples counseling.

About Me

I’m Dr. Laura L. Walsh, your licensed clinical psychologist and decision coach. I’ve been helping people make decisions and solve problems for nearly two decades.  I’ve got advanced training and experience in Discernment Counseling, The Gottman Method of couples counseling, and have specialties in addictions, ADHD, and LGBT issues.  I work especially well with C-level executives and business owners as well as their families.

I know both sides.  I’m divorced and happily remarried but I’m not pro-divorce.  I want to help you both find the clearest and best answers for each of you.  By asking the right questions, I’m an active participant in this process.  Even the most worn out, jaded couples can come back to each other through the power  of getting down to the nuts and bolts. But I won’t set you up for more misery. If one partner is truly done, or simply done working but doesn’t want a divorce, I’ve got a plan for that as well.  Check out the resources page and when you’re ready, schedule some time with me.

Online Resources

Articles and Resources

Learn more about the discernment process and whether it’s right for you and your partner.  

Free Consultation

Decide once and for all if your marriage can be saved.  Schedule a phone call to find out more.

Gain greater clarity and confidence on the direction of your relationship.

Divorce is never an emergency decision.  It’s normal to not be 100% sure. Maybe you want to save your marriage.  Keep the family intact for the kids. Maybe you’re dealing with addiction, affairs, or abuse or have simply fallen out of love.  This short-term, intensive process will firm your resolve to follow the best path.

Are you ready to find peace?  I’m waiting for you.

Don’t Wait Any Longer.

Start learning about yourself today!

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