Speaker: Welby O'Brien

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Home City/State: Portland, OR

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Websites: www.welbyo.com  


About Welby

Welby O’Brien holds a Master’s degree in counseling and a teaching degree. She has authored the books Formerly A Wife (divorce support) and Good–bye for Now (grief support) (Moody/WingSpread), as well as contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul (Divorce and Recovery) and (The Spirit of America), and Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody), and most recently LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books). Welby initiated and facilitates the family support network known as Love Our Vets – PTSD Family Support, LLC.  She has been welcomed as a guest speaker across the country, and on radio and television.

Speaking Topics

PTSD & What About Me?  7 Tips for Caregivers/Loved Ones of Those with PTSD

Living with PTSD in our homes and lives can truly take its toll on all of us. How do we as loved ones accept the PTSD, and then respond in positive, healthy ways so we do not lose ourselves in this battle, but learn to truly thrive? Discover that you are not alone and there is hope!  

10 Things People with PTSD and Their Loved Ones Need (…from Church People and Ministry Leaders)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is rampant! The urgent need is rising rapidly, and needs to be addressed by churches and ministry leaders. From her own life and the lives of those in the worldwide Love Our Vets – PTSD Family Support network, Welby shares practical ways we all can reach out to those battling the unseen life-altering wounds of trauma. These principles are also valuable with other issues of loss such as divorce, grief, etc.

HELP! Someone Please Unplug the Treadmill!  Survival Checklist for Times of Stress

Life is crazy!!!  Just in time before you go crazy, Welby leads an upbeat session providing a life-saving checklist to enhance personal survival and growth during times of loss, pain or the stress of everyday life.

A Shoulder To Cry On: Providing Support in the Valley of Divorce

Welby bares her heart as she equips people to compassionately encourage and offer help in practical ways to those recovering from the devastation of divorce.

Good-bye for Now:  Growing and Comforting Others in Grief

What do we do when someone else loses a loved one?  What about when we ourselves grieve? Welby compassionately offers practical informative help from 3 perspectives: dealing with your own grief, helping someone else through their grief, and preparing for your own Home-going.

Shelter in the Storm: 3 Promises of Hope
When life is overwhelming and there is no place to run, what can we hold on to, and what can we do? Hear powerful and encouraging truths to carry us all through the storms of life.

Lord, What Do YOU Want?​

Are we used to coming to God with our list of what WE want, or are we willing to let Him take us from the place of our wants to His? Welby shares from her own life dreams how the Lord has taken her from the place of her wants to His... a work still in progress! :)

Best Fit Audience

Ministry leaders, women's groups, seminary students, etc.  Prefer morning events.​

Additional Information:



  • LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books)
  • Formerly a Wife (WingSpread Publishers) - Divorce Survival Guide
  • Good-Bye for Now (WingSpread Publishers) - Practical Grief Support Guide.
  • Contributing author to Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody Press) and Chicken Soup for the Soul (Divorce and Recovery), and Ripples of Joy.



  1. Fulfillment for the Single Heart (Western Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning)
  2. Providing Support in the Valley of Divorce (Western Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning)
  3. Help! Someone Please Unplug the Treadmill - Survival Checklist for Times of Stress