Karen Dorsey
CDC Certified Divorce Coach®
M.Ed., Divorce Mediator, Certified Co-Parenting Specialist
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About my Practice

Karen’s background is in education and counseling. She was a teacher and school counselor before going into private practice working primarily with children, adolescents, and families.

After her own unexpected divorce after a long term marriage, she realized she did not have all the information, resources and emotional support she needed.

Relying entirely on her attorney created a scenario that did not serve her well in mediation and through the divorce process.

Because of this unfortunate experience, she decided to use her background and become a Certified Divorce Coach and a Divorce Mediator.

She focuses on providing accurate information, options for going through divorce, emotional support to be able to look at divorce as a business agreement instead of staying “stuck” in the fear, anger, anxiety, and pain of this difficult situation.

As a Licensed Provider for New Ways for Families Pre-Mediation Coaching Program, she prepares her clients for mediation so that they can have the best outcome for themselves and their families.

In addition, Karen provides Co-Parenting Coaching to help couples who are struggling with their parenting plan so that they do not end up having to go to court again.

Karen is both a Divorce Coach and a Divorce Mediator in Phoenix at Smarter Divorce Solutions and is able to provide both in person and online mediation services. A model called Mediation Plus® provides mediation clients with all the financial information and support they need to reach a durable settlement agreement. We are able to do mediations in any state with the ability to do online mediation.

Services I Offer

Services provided:

Divorce Coaching – One on one sessions and packages available based on the client’s needs and interests.

Pre-Mediation Coaching – 1-2 sessions to prepare clients for the mediation process so that they can be aware of emotional triggers and have the skills to negotiate a settlement agreement.

Co-Parenting Coaching – 3 sessions. Work with divorced parents who may be having difficulty following their parenting plan. Teach them better communication skills and provide tools that help them if they are dealing with a high conflict co-parent. Prevents parents from having to spend thousand of dollars going back to court to handle these parenting issues.

Divorce Mediation – Through a program exclusive to Smarter Divorce Solutions called Mediation Plus®, we are able to do mediation in a kinder, gentler way. Financial services are included so that the parties are able to see exactly what their assets, debts and projections look like for their future planning.


Certified Divorce Coach®
Basic Mediation Training (40 hours)
Advanced Mediation Training (40 hours)
Collaboratively Trained Coach Certification
Certified Co-Parenting Specialist

Professional Memberships

Academy of Professional Family Mediators
Collaborative Professionals Phoenix
Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators

Background Experience

As a professional counselor, I have had 25 years experience in working with children, adolescents and families.

I served as a divorce and child custody mediator in Texas at the Hill Country Dispute Resolution Center for four years.

I am currently employed at Smarter Divorce Solutions in Phoenix, AZ as a Divorce and Co-Parenting Coach and a Divorce Mediator.


“Karen is a bright light in the dark world of divorce. Her care and dedication to helping me throughout this past year is something I will never forget because it was something no one else knew how to help me with.

She offers a rare service that includes her own experience, education and most of all her big sincere servant’s heart that is invaluable in the professional arena.

Anyone who is going through a divorce should not do it alone and would benefit greatly emotionally and financially with Karen’s guiding hand.

I am so grateful for not having to do the dreadful task of divorce alone.

Thank you from the bottom on my heart.”

Laurie B.


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