Professional Details

Katharina W. Dress, M.A.
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

Aging in Harmony

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1407 Ward Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Fax: 510-845-1908


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
As founder of AGING IN HARMONY I offer mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching and training services to older adults and their families and caregivers. I have a Masters Degree in Communications and extensive mediation, facilitation and conflict coaching training, including in Elder Mediation, Nonviolent Communication, and Forgiveness.

I serve on the Civil Court Mediation Panel of the Superior Court of Alameda County. In addition to my specialty of Elder Mediation, I have also led numerous Community Mediations, as well as court-based Guardianship and Civil Harassment mediations.

During 30+ years as a facilitator, I have guided large community-based organizations through highly emotional meetings and supported families facing challenging decisions associated with the aging process.

I'm also an experienced trainer and coach for classes and workshops teaching skills in intercultural and/or nonviolent communication, conflict management, and mediating with older adults.

I am a member of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), where I have served as Finance Chair of the Elder Mediation Section.

Professional Background

My professional experience before becoming a mediator includes Retail Management, Journalism/PR and Administration of Educational Programs (listed in chronological order)


10+ years experience in Community Mediation, 8 years in Elder and court-based Guardianship and Civil Harrassment Mediation.


MA in Communication from San Francisco State University


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
June 2005    Dr. Marvin Schwartz    Mediation for Conflict Management (35 hrs.)
October 2007    Montgomery County Mediation Ctr.    Elder Mediation (26 hrs.)
2009-2016    John Kinyon and Ike Lasater   


Depending on the parties and the case involved, a combination of facilitative, transformational and nonviolent communication-based mediation models.


$ 150/hr. for pre-mediation and conflict coaching,
$ 300/hr. for mediation with 2-3 parties, additional for multy party mediations sliding scale available

Other Information

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family (20 mediated)
  • Community (30 mediated)
  • Cross Cultural (10 mediated)
  • Elder (20 mediated)
  • Estate Planning (10 mediated)
  • Family (10 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (5 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator

References available upon request.