Judith A. Stein

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
As a member of the New York Association for Collaborative Practice, we provide comprehensive support as a Child Specialist, Individual Coach, and Neutral Coach. As a Child Specialist & former Adjunct Professor in Child Development, I guide separating parents to communicate and co-parent more effectively to protect the children and important relationships from the emotional impact of the transition. Because of my background in Child Development, I am well equipped to help parents devise a sensible parenting plan tailored to the developmental & special needs of the children. As an Individual Coach, I help clients prepare for collaborative meetings emotionally so they can hear one another & express their needs in a way that will be valued. As a neutral coach, I help clients prepare for collaborative meetings and keep the process moving forward efficiently & respectfully, including diffusing difficult emotions that may arise. Who Choose Us Separation and divorce can be a time of great emotional, financial, & personal turmoil for individuals and families. I have a unique set of interdisciplinary skills and expertise as a psychotherapist, mediator, child specialist, & divorce coach, which I can draw on in the session regardless of my specific role. I am committed to helping families stay out of court and manage difficult emotions that may otherwise derail the process. I am passionate about keeping the children's best interests front and center and helping parents learn to co-parent as effectively as possible to minimize the negative impact on the family.

Professional Background

As Director of the Stein Mediation and Family Center, I have substantial, intensive training in mediation from New York University, the Ackerman Institute, and Community Mediation Services, Inc., and I have also completed intensive training in Couples and Family Therapy at the Ackerman Institute. I have also taught Child Development for years at the university level. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).


I have years of experience in divorce and family mediation. In addition to my training as a Divorce Mediator, I find that my background as a Child Specialist allows me to bring into the room, if both parents are interested, helpful information about the best interests of the children that are relevant to a parenting schedule or parenting plan. Likewise, as a seasoned individual, family, and couples therapist, as well as a Divorce Coach with Collaborative Divorce, I can often help couples get through difficult emotions that may emerge during the mediation process which may otherwise derail the process.


I have a Ph.D. in Public Health (behavioral sciences) from UCLA, as well as an M.S.W. in Social Work (clinical emphasis) from NYU. My dissertation was in the area of child sexual assault, and I have published extensively in the field of psychological sequelae of adult and child sexual assault.


Mediation is about helping people understand the relevant issues and advocate a solution that respects different needs and works for everyone. I am committed to doing this in a respectful, sensitive, and impartial way. I am knowledgeable about how the courts would likely resolve an issue, though I am most interested in helping people understand and explain their real needs--as well as their children's--so that they can craft a solution that is right for them. I will ensure that all voices are heard and considered in any potential agreement. As a clinician, I am also sensitive to the emotional hot spots that tend to break things down in negotiation and will help individuals find a way around them so that they can reach a solution that will work now--and in the future.


Because we are committed to the mediation process both philosophically and ethically, we have very reasonable rates and use a sliding scale fee. Our usual rates are $ 350 per hour, which is below the norm. We have lower fee slots available on a sliding scale according to income.

Other Information

REMEMBER: You DO Have a Choice! You can: * Send your kids to college OR put your lawyer's kids through college * Heighten animosity through lawyers OR keep things cool with mediation * Let the courts decide for you OR craft your solution yourselves * Invest years in court OR spend weeks in mediation * Reduce family stress OR ratchet it up Please contact us today! Stein Mediation & Family Center judie.stein@gmail.com (917) 691-9947 I am a member of: The International Association of Collaborative Professionals; The Association for Conflict Resolution; The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York; The Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York; The New York State Council on Divorce Mediation

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Health Care
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Professional Fees
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator


Bob Collins Ackerman Institute

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