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Contemplating Divorce

Stronger By Day 

About Susan Pease Gadoua

As a child of divorced parents, I know first-hand how disruptive an unhappy marriage and subsequent marital dissolution can be. When my mother and father split in 1981 (on their 28th wedding anniversary), marriage counseling was unheard of and emotional divorce support virtually nonexistent.

My own experience, combined with years of working with couples in distress – some striving to save their marriage, some to transition out of it – led me to become passionate about offering support to people at perhaps one of the most crucial junctures in their lives.

As a result, I have made it my life's work to help individuals and couples find their authenticity and bring it into their relationships, whatever form they may take.

In 2000, I founded the Transition Institute of Marin and began providing information and counseling to the underserved divorcing population. This has more recently morphed into the Changing Marriage Institute. Our goal is to help clients connect, reconnect, or disconnect in a healthy way.

My private therapy practice consists of couples, individuals (local and distance therapy clients) and the many relationship insight workshops and divorce support groups I run. I'm also passionate about training therapists on the topics of marriage and divorce.

You can find articles I've written on The Huffington Post Weddings and Divorce pages, and

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Eight years later, Susan wrote, Contemplating Divorce, A Step-by-Step Guide to Deciding Whether to Stay or Go
(New Harbinger Publishing, Inc.
© 2008), a book that provides objective guidance to those struggling in a rocky marriage as well as invaluable information on how to navigate the divorce process. Contemplating Divorce became a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller its first week in publication.

In 2010, Susan completed a meditation book for those challenged by difficult emotions during and after divorce entitled, Stronger Day by Day, Reflections for Healing and Rebuilding After Divorce.

Susan’s latest book, The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels, is a collaboration with journalist Vicki Larson. You can learn more about this project by clicking on The New I Do page.

Susan has helped hundreds of people gain clarity in their relationships. Her private therapy practice consists of couples, individuals (local and distance therapy clients) and the many relationship or divorce support groups she runs.

Susan in the Media

As an often-featured writer for the Huffington Post Divorce page, Susan also writes a regular column for and

Susan has been a guest on the CBS Early Show as well as numerous radio shows across the U.S. and Canada and has also been featured in: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Psychology Today Magazine, Divorce Magazine, The View From the Bay and more.