Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice.Premium Member


Mara is a highly skilled divorce mediator. She is a licensed Arizona attorney with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Mara’s experience is complemented by her compassionate and creative approach to mediation. With over 30 years as an Arizona licensed attorney and many years working in the psychology field, Mara brings a limitless pool of legal, business, and psychological expertise, insight, and knowledge to her mediation sessions. Mara has mediated well over 2,000 divorce cases with almost every case finding a mutually acceptable settlement and avoiding court and the stress of litigation.

Mara’s experience is complemented by her compassionate and creative approach to mediation. She understands the complexity of interpersonal disputes and is sensitive to the needs of each party. Mara is dedicated to helping clients avoid the stress and financial costs typical of lawsuits while resolving their differences quickly and effectively.

Affordable Mediation’s practice includes additional trained mediators and a recently added Divorce Coach, as well as collaboration with a Certified Divorce Financial Planner.

• Graduated from one of the top law schools in the country, the University of Texas at Austin
• Spent the first part of her legal career as an attorney with the prestigious law firms of Gallagher & Kennedy and Steptoe & Johnson
• Obtained her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with highest distinction
• Adjunct professor of Counseling Psychology at Argosy University
• Past President of the Arizona Counselors Association
• Active member of the State Bar of Arizona and has taught and published in the legal field
• Has been published in the Arizona Counseling Journal
• Member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution and Family Law Sections of the Arizona State Bar, the Association for Conflict Resolution (Practitioner status), the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution (Practitioner status), the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Arizona Collaborative Colleagues (Professional Member)
• Extensive Mediation training and Continuing Education courses

ADR Experience

Mara has been mediating since 2007 and has conducted over 6000 mediation sessions with divorcing couples, assisting in reaching workable, sustainable, mutually comfortable agreements.  Almost every single couple reaches full agreement without litigation (or reconciles).


Our approach is a client-centered approach based on the teachings of Carl Rogers (Person-Centered, Client-Center, Rogerian Counseling Theories), who, in my opinion, is the founder of mediation.  Mediation is really based in psychology, not law.  It’s about helping individuals and couples find the best path and the healthiest way to move forward by giving them a compassionate, supportive, non-judgmental environment to be heard and explore options.  We do not conduct “settlement negotiations.”  That’s what I call “mediation” during litigation where sessions usually are conducted in separate rooms with lawyers and litigation strategy is brought into the discussions.  Instead, we cut through all that and focus on the couple’s real  goals, needs and hopes.  In getting down to the basics and building back up, people are able to see their way to workable solutions.



JD Law – University of Texas at Austin School of Law;
MA Professional Counseling – Argosy University;
BA Psychology – University of Texas at Austin

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer



Fees and Provisos

Mediated Divorces with Affordable Mediation typically range from $4,500 – $7,500, pay-as-you-go.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • ACR Advanced Workplace Practitioner

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