Life Coaching

Matthew WelshThroughout my life, I have been committed to following my callings and dreams. This has not always taken me on a straightforward or easy path in my career, relationships, or spiritual journey. However, it has provided my life with meaning, adventure, and peace.

Initially, I began my professional career as a lawyer. Law school and working as a lawyer helped me develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of how to navigate the practical challenges of life. However, working as a lawyer also made me realize I wanted to help people on a more personal, emotional, and psychological level so they could be effective before they need a lawyer. So, at the age of 29, I quit my job at a law firm as a family law attorney and went back to school to get a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I now work as an Evanston psychologist licensed in Illinois and Kansas and as a life coach.

As a life time student, I am dedicated to learning. I want to learn more about you and help you get to where you want to be. I want to learn what is in your heart, mind, soul, and emotions and help you express those parts of yourself in a meaningful and real way. This may take the form of helping you find a career that is aligned with your values, interests, strengths, or deepest desires. My work may also help you better understand your personality characteristics so you can find a compatible romantic partner or enhance the quality of current relationships by improving conflict management skills, communicating your needs and wants with more clarity, or resolve any possible codependency issues. Further, I can also help you better manage practical challenges and difficult transitions in life so that you can move through them with greater ease, purpose, and strength. I also have experience working as a licensed psychologist at a Veterans Affairs hospital providing psychotherapy to Veterans with PTSD, addictions, depression, and serious mental illness. I can draw upon this professional experience to help you work through past trauma, addictive behaviors, anger, and anxiety. I can also draw upon my experience as an author and blogger to help you overcome mental blocks that may be inhibiting your ability to publish your book, develop a creative project, or create a platform to reach a larger audience.

On a deeper level, my hope is that the work we do together helps you live a life that is more aligned with your most authentic self and leads to deeper levels of self-acceptance and peace. I know this is not an easy process, but it is worth the effort. When I worked as a lawyer, I questioned why I was experiencing so much confusion, struggle, and anxiety. This led me to seek answers through psychotherapy, life coaches, numerous self-help workshops, and reading hundreds of books related to psychology, spirituality, human potential, and personal wellness. My goal is to use what I have learned through my education and life experiences to help you overcome whatever obstacles are on your path.

I offer life coaching sessions via Skype, Zoom, or telephone. If you would like to schedule your free 30 minute life coaching session with me, please send an email with Holy Grail Life Coaching in the subject line to

“Matt – you provide a valuable gift to those who are unsure about whether or not they can follow their hearts…. especially those people in more logical / technical fields like law, computers, etc, where intuition and feelings are often disregarded or disowned.

-Chris Cade
Creator of
Author of Think Without the Box® – Stories For Spiritual Transformation

“Matt, you are a master of re-invention… where few have the courage to step into the unknown, you thrive on meeting your true self in every experience. Congratulations! xoF”

-Farhana Dhalla
Author of Thank You for Leaving Me

“Your work is a true service to the world.”

-Jessica Maxwell,
Author of Roll Around Heaven,
Nautilus Book Awards Gold Winner
for Best Spiritual Memoir in 2010
Previous Nautilus Gold Medal winners include
the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Deepak Chopra