Divorce mediator and certified couples coach helping families reinvent themselves with grace and dignity.... & mom/stepmom of 7.
I am a family mediator and couples coach. The majority of my clients are divorcing couples who prioritize their peace of mind, their children's wellness, and their financial stability. I help clients design a parenting plan, divide assets, draft a separation agreement, and fill out court paperwork. My clients will tell you my strengths are: creating comfortable space to experience divorce; connecting them with helpful professionals; and drafting clear, well-organized, thorough, thoughtful agreements.
As a couples coach, I work with partners who are committed to staying together. Using a relationship assessment platform called Prepare-Enrich, we identify specific areas of the marriage that require attention. In sessions, we practice communication techniques that break bad habits and create space for mutual understanding. There's always lots of fun, meaningful homework.
On average, a couple thinks about divorce for six years before taking action. In 2021, I added discernment coaching to my list of services. This is a short span of sessions during which a couple decides whether they want to stay married or get divorced. Discernment coaching can also be helpful when one party is ready to divorce and the other is resistant. I hold safe space for pointed, productive, compassionate conversations that help both parties gain clarity and understanding.
A client who hired me for both discernment and divorce services recently wrote me:
"Thank you again for all the work and care and hand-holding through this process. I don’t know how you do it, but as I said, you’re clearly gifted at it and we were lucky to have your support."
You can see more client testimonials on my website vanessalinsey.com.
Winchester, MA 01890
Degrees and Experience
Bachelors in Speech Communication, Cum Laude, Bridgewater State College
Certificate in Professional Mediation, Cornell University's ILR School
Divorce Mediation Training, Mediation Works Inc
Juvenile Mediation Training, Mediation Works Inc
Elder Mediation Training, Elder Decisions
Couples Coach Certification, Prepare-Enrich
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Graduate, UMass Center for Mindfulness
Author and Speaker, Metta Mom: A Mindful Guide to Managing Your Mood & Your Brood
Cofounder and Teacher, Chrysalis Meditation Center
I mediate online and in person. Most of my clients do a little of both. Thanks to Zoom, we serve couples from Nantucket to North Adams. Couples in the metro north area are welcome to attend mediation or coaching sessions in person.
I offer a flat rate. My fees are listed clearly on the home page of my website vanessalinsey.com. I offer a sliding scale to those who cannot afford the full rate and meet income requirements.