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Gail Goodman
Gail Goodman

Gail Goodman

Talking Alternatives is a family mediation firm specializing in Elder and Adult Family and Adult sibling conflict resolution. The principals, Gail H. Goodman and Ruth Weinreb, have years of experience working in the courts and with families. We help people resolve their conflicts through a facilitated process, saving money and time, and enabling them to restore their relationships. We bring compassion and common sense to difficult situations.

ADR Experience

In the past, we have worked in the courts in Manhattan and Westchester counties, and served as mediators with families through Family Services of Westchester, in addition to working with our private clients.


Talking Alternatives uses a non-directive, facilitative approach to resolving conflicts.


  • B.A. Sociology, George Washington University
  • M.A. Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Certificate in Planning, Northeastern University
  • Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, NYU
  • Certificate in Mediation, CLUSTER, Inc.(NYS Unified Court System)
  • Certificate in Elder Mediation, Elder Solutions
  • Certificate in Restorative Practices, IILP

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Elder
  • Family

Additional Services

  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant



Fees and Provisos

The fee structure varies depending upon the type of dispute and the hours necessary for each session. All fees are discussed at intake.

ADR Training

  • Elder Solutions
  • Cluster - Unified Court System Training
  • New York University

Professional Associations

  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

Publications & Presentations

  • Taught Resolving Conflict Course at Vassar LLI for 3 semesters
  • Mending Sibling Relationships - Westchester Senior Voice