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
Mediation, Facilitation, Conflict Coaching and Training for the Journey of Aging

Since I founded Aging in Harmony in 2007, I have supported older adults and their families and caregivers who are struggling with conflicts about the future of their aging loved ones’ care and estate. No matter whether you are just starting to discuss later life plans or are already facing end of life challenges, my mediation services can help you understand each other’s views and reach agreements that meet the needs of everyone involved – in person, by phone or online via Zoom.

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.

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

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 Cross-Cultural Educational Programs (listed in chronological order). Since becoming a mediator in 2005, I have taken extensive trainings in Community Mediation, Elder Mediation, Nonviolent Communication-based Mediation, Forgiveness and Online Mediation.


15+ years experience in Community Mediation, 12 years in Elder and Adult Family Mediaton, plus some court-based Guardianship and Civil Harrassment Mediation experience.


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.)
2009-2019    John Kinyon and Ike Lasater    Mediate Your Life (400 hrs.)
July 2019    Colin Rule    Mediating Online (17 hrs.)


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 (10 mediated)
  • Community (40 mediated)
  • Cross Cultural (10 mediated)
  • Elder (40 mediated)
  • Estate Planning (10 mediated)
  • Family (10 mediated)
  • Landlord - Tenant (5 mediated)
  • Online Mediation (20 mediated)

Professional Services

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

References available upon request.