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Dr. James E. Walton, Ph.D., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Family Divorce Specialist and Collaborative Divorce Coach. Dr. Walton has been working with families in the Los Angeles area for the past 26 years. He assists divorcing couples in coming to agreements and managing the emotions that result during the trauma of divorce around division of property, child and spousal support, parenting agreements and parenting plans. He also assists couples that are ambivalent about divorce gain clarity about their situation with a process called Decision Counseling, also known as Discernment Counseling.

During a divorce, the emotional forces that caused the breakdown of the relationship are still present, active, and frequently worsen. These unregulated emotions can create blocks to agreements costing the couple more money, time, and heartache than they had planned. Dr. Walton works to encourage productive clear communication so that you can think clearly, respectfully, and reasonably. Dr. Walton has experience in breaking impasses and moving a couple towards agreement understanding that they are hard working and doing right by their families. He works from the perspective that their story is one of achievement against the odds, not pessimism, and despair.

Dr. Walton works to create a parenting plan that eases the stress for the entire family while assisting you in acquiring the necessary skills to co-parent effectively. If you have children, you will know each other for the rest of your lives. How you divorce will set the course for how you work as co-parents with your children into the future. He helps to ensure that you move in the right direction.

He is active on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA) and serves as the Administrator for Continuing Education Credits for professionals licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. He is also the co-chair of the Advanced Training Programs for LACFLA. He has led professional mental health trainings for both LACFLA and at the annual conferences for the state’s Collaborative Practice California (CPCal), and has been a statewide speaker for CPcal on the topics of Bias and Diversity.

He is a frequent guest lecturer on mental health for collaborative law classes at UCLA, Loyola law School and Southwestern Law School, and is a volunteer co-mediator and divorce coach at Loyola Law School.

Contact

Dr. James E. Walton, Ph.D.

Address: 6306 Babcock Ave. Suite 2 Valley Glen, CA 91606 | MFT32040

Phone: (818) 753­4865

E-mail: James@LAtherapist.com

Website: www.LAtherapist.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Los Angeles, San Fernando and San Gabriel areas

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA. 1999.

M.A., Marriage, Family and Child Therapy ­

California Family Study Center, Los Angeles, CA. 1991.

M.B.A., International Management – Thunderbird School

of Global Management, Glendale, AZ. 1984.

B.A., Economics ­ Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. 1982.

Mediation/Collaborative Law Training

Collaborative Divorce Institute, Streamlined Protocols
Training, Phoenix, AZ, 2013 (20 hr)

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association,
Interdisciplinary Training, Los Angeles, 2012 (4 hr)

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association,
LGBT Training, Los Angeles, 2011 (3.5 hr)

CP Cal Celebration 10, Santa Rosa, CA, 2015 (14 hr)

The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement,
Discernment Counseling, Los Angeles, 2015 (5.5 hr)

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association,
Diversity Training, Los Angeles, 2014 (3.5 hr)

CP Cal Celebration 9, Santa Rosa, CA, 2015 (15 hr)

Divorce Mediation, PACE at Phillips Graduate Institute,
Los Angeles, 1997 (30 hr)

Divorce Mediation, Mosten Mediation, Los Angeles, 2011 (40 hr)

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association,
Interdisciplinary Training, Los Angeles, 2011 (16 hr)

CP Cal Celebration VI, Santa Rosa, CA, 2011 (15.5 hr)

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association,
Divorce in the 21st Century, Los Angeles, 2011 (2 hr)

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2013 (8 hr)

CP Cal Celebration 8, Santa Rosa, CA, 2013 (14.25 hr)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Member, California Association of Marriage
and Family Therapists

Member, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law

Association (Board of Directors Member)

Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Member, Collaborative Professionals California

Member, CP Cal Statewide Diversity Committee and lecturer

Member, Family Divorce Solutions of San Fernando

Valley (Executive Committee, President)

Member, Pasadena Collaborative Divorce

Honors and Awards

2009 JPF Independent Music Awards Winner,
Dr. Walton’s Ultimate

Weight Loss, “Best Self­Help Album of the Year.”

2009 JPF Independent Music Awards awarded
Dr. Walton’s Forgiveness First Runner­up for
“Best Self­Help Album of the Year.”

2006 JPF International Music Awards awarded
Dr. Walton’s Stopping Smoking First Runner­up
for “Best Self­Help Album of the Year.”

2006 LA Magazine picked KCSN 88.5 FM’s line­up
that included Shrink Rap for “Best of LA” award.