Chuck Amital

Chuck Amital

Email Address

Phone 650-918-2196

License and Education

License Type Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Other License Type The State Bar of California

License Number MFC35213

Degrees M.A.

Other Degree LL.B.

Phone 650-918-2196

Short Description Compassionate and supportive parenting plan (custody/visitation) mediator. Licensed MFT and California attorney. Mediated 14 years at Family Court. Consultant with parents, attorneys, and therapists.

Description I am both a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed California attorney, with a mediation practice that focuses on providing the following services:• Parenting plan (custody and visitation) mediation with separated and divorced parents. • Consultation with individual clients to prepare them to participate more effectively in mediation at Family Court Services. • Consultation with therapists who work with clients (in co-parenting, family/reconnection, and/or individual counseling) around issues related to separation and divorce. For 14 years, I served as a recommending mediator at Family Court Services (FCS) in San Mateo County. In that capacity, I conducted over 2300 parenting plan mediation sessions, helping separated (unmarried and married) and divorced parents from a variety of cultural backgrounds reach agreements in order to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible for their children during a tumultuous time in their family’s life. During my last four years at FCS, I was the Senior/Supervising Child Custody Recommending Counselor, providing consultation and supervision for mediation staff, while continuing to mediate cases. I also taught newly hired FCS mediators from around the state at the yearly New Court Professionals training under the auspices of the Judicial Council of California. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist formerly in private practice, I have experience working with multicultural adults, couples, families, and youth on the following issues: relationship difficulties, family and parenting problems, substance abuse, individuation, and anxiety and depression. Although mediation is not therapy, my experience as a psychotherapist informs my work as a mediator. I am able to attune more deeply to the emotions that underlie and accompany peoples’ positions and experiences. This enables me able to assist parties in communicating with one another more productively so that they can reach agreements. People sometimes experience mediation as therapeutic, because they are able to express themselves to, and be understood by, one another. I was admitted to the California Bar in 2012. As a licensed attorney, I am able to provide parties with information about the law so that they can understand how the law might apply to their situation. As a mediator, however, I do not represent them or provide them with legal advice.My style as a mediator is a blend of facilitative, directive, and transformative. I am compassionate and supportive, and leave no stone unturned in my efforts to assist people in reaching agreements. I enjoy helping separating and divorcing parties navigate the challenges and conflicts inherent in the separation and divorce process, in a manner that preserves the dignity of the participants, as well as the integrity of the relationships among the family members.

Office Location(s)

Office Location(s) - Other Location

Other Office Location San Mateo

Address 1900 South Norfolk Street, Suite 350

City San Mateo

State California

Zip 94403

Phone 650-918-2196


Sliding Scale No

Fee Range Please call for current fees.

Credit Cards Accepted No

Areas of Specialization

Specializations Divorce/Separation/Custody

Other Custody/visitation and divorce mediation

Client Types

Clients Couples, Families

Other Orientation Mediation - facilitative, directive, and transformative

Additional Languages Spoken

Additional Language Hebrew

Other Consultation

Supervision Description Consultation with therapists who work with clients (in co-parenting, family/reunification, and/or individual counseling) around issues related to separation and divorce.

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