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Talia Spear C.CFM, C.FRM
Talia Spear C.CFM, C.FRM

Talia Spear C.CFM, C.FRM

SPECIALITY AREA: Family meditation, High conflict family mediation, Pre-mediation Coaching, Co-parent Coaching, New Ways for Families Coaching

DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Couples, Co-parents, Families

I’m a certified comprehensive family mediator (which also makes me a certified family relations mediator), pre-mediation coach, New Ways for Families coach and co-parenting coach.

Folks can work with me from virtually anywhere (via online video platform), and from the comfort of their own space(s).

I specialize in aligning cost effective, realistic, and actionable paths forward for families that proactively reduce/avoid conflict and re-establish consistency as well as calm.

Those who work with me often mention that I’m soft-spoken, and get things done.

Most often, I work with family members or co-parents individually, both parents within a co-parenting partnership and/or all parties involved in a family and/or co-parenting dynamic.

Holding safe spaces for my clients to be themselves is integral to my work.

I will seek to understand as well as accommodate each person’s unique needs so that they can come to the table at their most comfortable. I practice from a trauma-informed perspective. I’m culturally humble and actively seek continuous formal and humanistic education with regards to diversity and inclusion. I’m an ally across many spectrums.

I began my career at assault services, and throughout the past two decades, I’ve been fortunate to have led a wide variety of local, regional, domestic and international teams towards the elevation of support and equity for those navigating challenging circumstances inclusive but not limited to: mental illness, family violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, substance use/misuse, homelessness, poverty, crisis and trauma.

My role is to guide folks, and facilitate conversations that help to figure out the unfigureoutable.

I’ve experienced the best and the worst of co-parenting challenges, family dynamic professionals, family law professionals and the family law system as a child and as an adult. Personal and professional lived experience fuels me to help folks bring the opportunity for peace into the sunlight.

I’m an unapologetic nerd who trains with prolific professionals and renowned educational institutions.

I’ve been educated by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, University of Toronto, Harvard University, University of Alberta, The Justice Institute of British Columbia, The Crisis and Trauma Institute, The Institute of Child Psychology, University of Michigan, Government of British Columbia, and the High Conflict Institute (directly by Bill Eddy LCSW, Esq.) amongst a plethora of others.

I’m a member of the Hear the Child Society, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, The High Conflict Institute (in California), Family Mediation Canada, the American Bar Association (Associate/Non-Attorney) and The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario amongst others. I’m also a member of the associate family mediation roster with Mediate BC, qualify as a mediator under s.4 of the FLA (Family Law Act).

Reach out! I’d love to hear from you. Let’s find real solutions that really work for you and your family.



Interest based.

Child focused.

Trauma informed.

Diversity affirming and allied; however; you do not need to be to work with me.


My process is as follows:

Intake – Party A

Intake – Pary B

Pre-mediation session – Party A

Pre-mediation session – Party B

Mediation (2 to 6 hours)

*I will determine and advise at intake if you are eligible for mediation, and/or if it will be facilitated collaboratively with the other party in the same room as you and I or if it will be in shuttle mediation format whereby you and the other party are not in the same room & I go between the two of you.

*Legal representation/advocates are always welcome – I do not provide legal advice in any capacity as a mediator. You are strongly advised to seek independent legal advice prior to/during/following any mediation process.

*Support people are welcome upon my approval – At no additional cost.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Autism
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • School/Education
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender

Additional Services

  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Strategic Planning

Fees and Provisos

$99 per parent per hour

one party – $99 per hour

two parties – $199 per hour

three parties – $299 per hour

Please note: My hourly rate is substantially less that many of my peers, and purposefully so. I am aware of the extensive cost that families who are court-involved are navigating, and I feel strongly that conflict dispute resolution pathways should not be cost-prohibitive. I also offer a sliding scale and pro bono services to those who are experiencing financial challenges.


Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Institute of Child Psychology
  • Harvard University
  • The High Conflict Institute
  • Crisis & Trauma Research Institute
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Michigan
  • Herzing College

Professional Associations

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts
  • Hear the Child Society
  • Family Mediation Canada