Auckland Family Mediators

Meet our Family Mediators and coaches in the Auckland region.

Timothy McMichael

Timothy McMichael

Family Works Resolution Service Manager
Timothy McMichael set up our Family Works Resolution Services following changes to the Family Court. With more than 30 years’ experience gained in the UK, the USA and home here in NZ, in in the fields of Family Justice, counselling and family mediation, Timothy is dedicated to helping parents resolve their child care arrangements which are in the best interests of their children.
Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood

Family Mediator
M.Ed.Admin.(Hons) M.A. (Couns) B.Sc. P.Gr.Dip.Ed. (Couns)
Andrew is the Director of Howick Counselling Services which was set up in Howick in 2005. He has been a counsellor and therapist for 20 years, working both in private practice as well as in a guidance role in several Auckland secondary schools. He works with both adults and adolescents individually and through his work with the Family Court he is a very experienced relationship counsellor. He is also trained as a Family Dispute Resolution mediator and works with Family Works as an FDR Provider.
Jill Goldson

Jill Goldson

Family Mediator
Jill is a counsellor and mediator and has won awards and scholarships for her work in family mediation. She specialises in work with the rearranging family and also runs training courses for other professionals.Jill has worked in a diverse range of countries and settings and is director of The Family Matters Centre in Auckland.She has a particular research interest in child inclusive practice in mediation and has frequently published and presented on this.
Shirley Emmett

Shirley Emmett

Family Mediator & Coach
Shirley has a background in child and adult counselling, mediation, parent education and management. Her approach is hopeful and optimistic as she fosters parental strengths and ability to work collaboratively together, increasing an understanding of the needs or impacts on their child/ren as they reach for improved outcomes and agreement.
Senta Knapp

Senta Knapp

Family Mediator
(B Soc Sc, Dip Hea Sc, AMINZ Associate, FDR Mediator )
Senta has been working in the conflict resolution industry since 1997. Her experience includes facilitating separation agreements, mediating parenting orders, working with blended families, providing conflict resolution and mediation training and work as a domestic violence and crisis mental health counsellor. Touched by the enormous emotional, social and financial costs of resolving conflict she founded her own company, First Call® Resolution. She is dedicated to supporting individuals, families and communities in crisis.
Trish Blyth

Trish Blyth

Family Mediator
Because of her own personal experience (having been through two separations, affecting her daughter), Trish has always wanted to help families get through the heart ache of separation in a way that they make the best decisions for their children. As a Mediator with Family Works she is able to do this.
Muriel Castelino

Muriel Castelino

Family Mediator
B.Ed (Psychology); M Sc (Counselling); M. Phil (Psychology)
Muriel has been a Family Court Counsellor since 1997, providing counselling for couples going through separation and child custody issues. Muriel is of Indian Origin and speaks a variety of Indian languages. Her field of expertise is working with individuals, couples, families and domestic violence.
Sharleen Parry

Sharleen Parry

Family Mediator
Sharleen has worked with individuals and couples experiencing relationship difficulties with those struggling within the transition of separation, blended families and requiring assistance with Parenting Agreements since 2004. This has required experience within domestic violence, cross cultural awareness, step family training, working with anger and conflict and communication within relationships. She is a qualified resolution professional accredited FDR through Leader NZ.
Blair O’Brien

Blair O’Brien

Family Mediator
Blair has a background as a lawyer in general practice. He has also built up considerable experience in mediation over the last 12 years and now practices solely as a mediator focusing particularly on family, family business and trust matters.
Jess Singh

Jess Singh

Family Mediator
Jessica is an Associate Family Disputes Resolution Mediator registered with Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand [AMINZ]. She holds a Specialist Family Violence accreditation with Resolution Institute of New Zealand and Ministry of Justice. She is committed to supporting families, couples and individuals from all walks of life. She is collaborative in her approach and believes that respectful and constructive communication gives permission to resolving disputes and removing constraints within relationships. Her work is child inclusive and focuses on the best interest of children.
Rosemarie Brown

Rosemarie Brown

Family Mediator
For the past twelve years I have worked predominantly as a mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, and trainer in all areas of family and business-related disputes. I have been a Family Business Advisor working with Family Businesses for the past 8 years, accredited with the Family Business Institute in Australia. I have been a Chartered Accountant for over 25 years. I have dealt in the areas of business or commercial disputes, family disputes, trusts, estate, and industrial relations. I have had more than 2,000 hours of mediation experience. I trained as an arbitrator and mediator and have been accredited as a Mediator since 2006, becoming an FDRP in Australia in 2008 and accredited as an FDR Provider in New Zealand in 2014. Parties should be encouraged and empowered to find their own unique and agreed solutions through facilitated open and honest communication. I returned to New Zealand in 2012 after working in Australia for seven years.