Professional Details

Teresa Michelsen
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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733 29th St
Port Townsend, WA 98368


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Teresa provides mediation, facilitation, communication, and consensus-building processes in two primary areas:

o Family, relationships, parenting, neighbors, and community
o Public policy, regulatory, environmental, and scientific workgroups

Her services include personal communication coaching, facilitated discussions and mediated negotiations, public policy workgroups, negotiated rulemaking, interagency/stakeholder processes, and expert evaluation and mediation of environmental cases.

Professional Background

Teresa Michelsen is a mediator and facilitator with 30 years of experience working on cases ranging from family, neighborhoods, and workplaces to complex public policy processes.

Teresa is certified by the Washington Mediation Association in the practice areas of family, public policy, and environment, and is on the roster of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Professionals.


BS - Chemistry, Caltech, 1985
MS - Geology and geochemistry, MIT, 1987
PhD - Environmental Science and Engineering 1991
200+ hours of continuing education in facilitation, negotiation, mediation, and legal training


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1996    WA Dept of Ecology    Facilitation Training (24 hrs)
1996    Bill Lincoln    Advanced Facilitation and Negotiation Training (24 hrs)
2004    DRC of Snohomish & Island Counties    ADR Training (36 hrs)
2005    DRC of Snohomish & Island Counties    Family Mediation Training (24 hrs)
2005    Alhadeff & Forbes    Advanced Mediation Training (40 hrs)
2006-present    Various    Continuing Education (100+ hours)


Teresa looks for ways to prevent and reduce conflict over the long-term, as well as resolve it once it exists. Whether in family, workplace, or scientific and public policy conflicts, long-term relationships are important and affect quality of life over many years.

Conflict, even when challenging, can be approached as an opportunity for understanding, closure, and positive change. Teresa can help you resolve immediate conflicts and prevent new ones by resolving specific problems, building communication skills, and creating organizational structures that work and stand the test of time.


A one-hour free consultation is provided for all services. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

o Family, parenting, relationship, divorce/dissolution, community/neighbors, and small business mediation - $250 per 3-hr session

o Environment, public policy, and workplace facilitation, mediation, situation assessment, and process design - $175/hr

Rates negotiable based on need and budget. A scope of work and proposal can be provided for professional services on request.

Areas of Practice

  • Community
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Environmental
  • Family
  • Government
  • Land Use
  • Marital Mediation
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Public Policy
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Systems Designer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.