Professional Details

Kathleen Herndon, PhD
Associate Mediator

Bridges Family Mediation

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5632 Kertscher Ter
Centreville, VA 20120
(703) 468-1812


Description of Practice

Bridges Family Mediation helps you to reach a divorce and custody agreement in a private, dignified setting. Avoid the high cost and acrimony of a litigious divorce in the Court system, and keep your family's fate in your own hands. Dr. Herndon is a trained mediator, retired US diplomat, and doctor of psychology. Her style of mediation is both facilitative and collaborative, helping families to achieve solutions that benefit children while keeping parents bonded to those they love the most. Drawing on her background in psychology and international diplomacy, Dr. Herndon will help your family to achieve a solid agreement without the need for costly litigation.

Professional Background

Dr. Herndon is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a lifelong Virginia resident. She has been an active volunteer in the Fairfax County Public Schools, and is the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. She has served overseas with the US Foreign Service as a Consular Officer in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has led numerous research studies on the treatment of domestic violence and the predictive validity of risk assessment instruments. She has completed over 50 hours of specialized Mediation training, and is a skilled Mediator. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and 5 children. In her spare time, she enjoys watching English Premier League Soccer and playing the piano.


PhD - Psychology; BS - Psychology; Certificate - Consular studies (Foreign Service Institute)


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2017    NVMS    Mediation Skills & Process - 24 hours
2017    NVMS    Family Mediation Skills - 24 hours
2017    NVMS    Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce - 12 hours
2017    NVMS    Preparing Memoranda and Agreements - 4 hours
2017    NVMS    DV Assessment - 8 hours
2017    NVMS    The Virginia Judicial System - 4 hours
2017    NVMS    JDR/CCF Observation - 8 hours
2005    Foreign Service Institute    Consular, Political, Economic, and Language Training - 1500 hours
2012    Laureate    Interviewing & Observational Strategies - 5 hours
2012    Laureate    Ethics & Standards of Professional Practice - 5 hours




Sliding scale of fees available; standard rate $250/hour

Other Information

Our practice specializes in couples dealing with high levels of anger, tension, and distrust. We can help you come to a resolution despite the dysfunction of the relationship.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues) (10 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (10 mediated)
  • Family (10 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator

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