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 managing the upsetting emotions that result during the trauma of divorce. He guides divorcing couples into having productive and beneficial conversations that lead to agreements.
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. When this occurs, the children are not spared injury from the anger and retaliation. Dr. Walton has experience in breaking impasses and moving the process towards agreement.
Dr. Walton can assist in preventing damaging counter productive behavior and calm down the emotions so that the couple can think clearly, respectfully, and reasonably. He can assist you in communicating with your former spouse, attorney, and team accurately so that your thoughts, actions, and decisions are effective. This will allow the process of negotiating your divorce to successfully move forward. His goal is to get you across the finish line and achieve a divorce with the peace of mind knowing that you can preserve your family and your bank account. He is with you each step of the way.
Dr. Walton can work with you and your family 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.
Dr. Walton’s work in Divorce Mediation began in 1997 assisting families in resolving conflicts around issues of division of property, child and spousal support and parenting agreements while assisting them in obtaining a legal divorce in place of litigation.
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 Units for professionals licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. He is the co-chair of the Advanced Training Program for LACFLA. He has led professional mental health trainings for LACFLA and at taught coursework at the Collaborative Practice California (CPcal) annual collaborative law conference and is a statewide speaker for CPcal on the topics of Bias and Diversity.
He is a frequent guest lecturer 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.
Dr. Walton has been a consultant for Fox Entertainment. His work and insights have been featured in: Mark Waldman’s book, “Words Can Change Your Brain,” Cosmopolitan Magazine, Discovery Health’s Berman and Berman Show, MSNBC’s Oscar Night of the Stars, XM’s The Alvin Jones Show, KPFK’s the Lisa Gar Show, The Greg Mantel Show, Bergen Health & Life Magazine, and Thatz Entertainment. Dr. Walton was also the on-air video host of WebiHealth’s mental health series.
He is the former on-air host of KCSN 88.5 FM’s award winning show Shrink Rap and producer of the award winning Dr. Walton Series. In 2009, he won “Best Self-Help Album of the Year” at the JPF International Independent Music Awards in Nashville, TN.
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.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - License Number MFC 32040
Certified Divorce Mediator, Mosten Mediation, Los Angeles, 2011
Certified Life Coach, Live and Learn, Los Angeles, 2000
Certified Internet Therapist, Live and Learn, Los Angeles, 2000
Certified Divorce Mediation, PACE Phillips Graduate Institute, Los Angeles, 1997
Certified Clinical Hypnosis, Hypnosis Motivation Institute, Van Nuys, 1989.
2010 Healing from Grief & Finding Peace in Your Life, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2009 (May issue), Wedding Day Freak-Outs, Cosmopolitan Magazine, NY, NY
2009 After Breaking Up: Healing the Heart & Finding Happiness, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2008 Your Beauty Personality, Bergen Health & Life Magazine, Bergen, NY.
2008 Ultimate Weight Loss, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2005-2006 That’s LA Therapy, Thatz Entertainment. Los Angeles, CA. Monthly Column.
2004 Stopping Smoking, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2004 A Journey Within, Los Angeles, CA, A Journey Within Music.
2003 Stress Relief and Deep Sleep, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2003 Surviving the Wedding, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2002 Anger Management, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
2001 Tension Relief, Los Angeles, CA, The Dr. Walton Series.
1999 Near-death Experiences: A Rite of Passage into Personal Transformation. Doctoral Dissertation. Carpinteria, CA: Pacifica Graduate Institute.
1997 The Silence. A Moment to Reflect, Owings Mills, MD: National Library of Poetry.
2009 JPF Independent Music Awards Winner, Dr. Walton’s Ultimate Weight Loss, “Best Self-Help Album of the Year.”
2009 JPF Independent Music Awards awarded Dr. Walton’s Forgiveness First Runner-up for “Best Self-Help Album of the Year.”
2006 JPF International Music Awards awarded Dr. Walton’s Stopping Smoking First Runner-up for “Best Self-Help Album of the Year.”
2006 LA Magazine picked KCSN 88.5 FM’s line-up that included Shrink Rap for “Best of LA” award.
Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (Board Member)
Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Member, Collaborative Professionals California
Member, Family Divorce Services of San Fernando Valley (President)
Member, Pasadena Collaborative Divorce
Member, CPCal Statewide Diversity Committee
Member, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Affiliated Composer/Writer