Ginny Wright, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Certified Discernment Counselor

Meet Ginny Wright, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Certified Discernment Counselor


Ginny Wright, Ph.D.,
Ginny Wright, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Certified Discernment Counselor


One of the hardest life decisions is: Should we get divorced or try to save our marriage? So many couples go back and forth for months, sometimes even years trying to make the right decision. Well, guess what? Did you know that there’s a process called Discernment Counseling, that is dedicated to helping you and your spouse make that decision?

Discernment counseling isn’t new, but it’s gained a lot of popularity recently. It’s a process for couples on the brink of divorce. The process is not marriage counseling and it’s not a long process. Discernment counseling is 1-5 sessions, where a couple works with the counselor to figure out the best road forward: get divorced, stay and work on the marriage, or take a break and decide later.

If this interests you, I would highly recommend my newest Divorced Girl Smiling trusted professional, Ginny Wright, Ph.D., who is a therapist and a certified discernment counselor. Welcome, Ginny!


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Ginny’s Bio:

What is Discernment Counseling?

Discernment counseling is a new way of helping couples who are on the brink of divorce, where one person is “leaning out” of the relationship and not sure that regular marriage counseling would help. The other spouse is “leaning in” – that is, interested in rebuilding the marriage. In discernment, the counselor helps these couples decide whether to try to restore the marriage to health, move toward divorce, or take a time out and decide later.

Discernment counseling does not fix your marriage. Rather, the goal is to help couples gain clarity and confidence in their decision making about their marriage based on a deeper understanding of what has happened in the marriage and each person’s contributions to the problems.

Dr. Wright has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years and a Certified Discernment Counselor for over five years. She is currently one of three clinicians in an advanced discernment counseling residency program with the Doherty Relationship Institute.

Services Offered

Discernment Counseling with Couples

Individual, Family and Couples Therapy

Networking Events and speaking Engagements

Dr. Wright graduated with distinction in psychology from Duke University in 1986. Before starting her graduate studies, she spent a year working at a runaway shelter outside of Washington, D.C. She then earned her doctoral degree from the Child & Family Clinical Psychology program at Michigan State University and completed her internship at Children’s Memorial (now Lurie Children’s) Hospital in Chicago.  Prior work positions include staff psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and staff psychologist at the Child Protection Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Dr. Wright co-founded Drs. Lapporte, Wright & Assoc., PC in 1994.  She sees clients of all ages and works with individuals, couples and families. Specializations include: Discernment Counseling, child and adolescent psychology, family systems therapy, couples therapy, medical psychology and performance psychology.

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