Professional Details

Tara L. West
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator

Tara West, J.D., Ph.D.

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Available online (serving all locations)
Available in person in western NC
Asheville, NC 28801
USA
516.383.3754

Description of Practice

As a mediator, it’s my goal to help people in conflict have the best conversation they can have. I do this by supporting each of you as you make your own choices in the conversation. This support can help you to clarify and express your own perspective, while also hearing the needs and concerns of the other.

As a conflict coach, my goal is to empower you to handle conflicts in a way you can feel good about. In conflicts, we’re often pulled in two directions - we have our own individual needs, but we also want to preserve the relationship. At the very least, we want to treat the other person in a way that will make us feel proud, rather than in a way we’re likely to regret.

Through coaching, you will receive one-on-one support as you make choices that are right for you. You will also learn skills that can deepen and strengthen all of your relationships. Whether you need a single session to address an immediate conflict, or ongoing support while you get your relationship back on track, conflict coaching can help.

I'm licensed to practice law in New York, and in many cases I will be able to complete the paperwork for mediated New York divorces. I also offer conflict resolution/communication workshops for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Degrees

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2008
Ph.D., Social Psychology, Stony Brook University, 2003
B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, 1993

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2018-2020    Dan Simon, Carol Bloom, Kristi Paranica, & Jeffrey Shepardson    Transformative Mediation Coached Practice Groups (36 hours)
2018    Dan Simon    Mediation Training - The Transformative Approach (24 hours)
2016    The Mediation Center of Western North Carolina    Basic Mediation Skills (32 hours)
2012-2015    Jack Himmelstein & Katherine Miller    Mediation/Collaborative Law Support and Development Groups (62 hours)
2011    Jack Himmelstein & Katherine Miller    Mediation Intensive Training (40 hours)
2010-2011    Center for Mediation and Training (Glenn Dornfeld & Ken Neumann)    Supervised Practicum (60 hours)
2010    Ackerman Insitute for the Family (Marc Fleisher & Elana Katz)    Advanced Training in Divorce Mediation (20 hours)
2010    Community Mediation Services (Michelle Leonard-Smith)    Custody-Visitation Training (12 hours)
2010    Center for Mediation and Training    Divorce Mediation Training (40 hours)
2008    NYU Mediation Organization    Basic Mediation Training (24 hours)

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Animal
  • Appellate
  • Art
  • Autism
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bioethics
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Cannabis
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Evictions
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • HOA
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Jewelry
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Nursing Home
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Social Security
  • Special Education
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Trust Management
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Online Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Conflict Coach

References available upon request.