• Provides an alternative to or works in
    conjunction with the court process
  • Non-adversarial
  • Voluntary
  • Confidential
  • Fair, honest, open and non-judgmental
  • Time saving because the issues are generally resolved more quickly than in litigation
  • Helps preserve important relationships
  • Frequently more cost effective than litigation
  • Often less emotionally stressful
  • Enhances communication
  • May help the parties avoid litigation
  • Self-determining, empowering the parties to reach their own resolution rather than having the resolution imposed by a third party
  • Separation and Divorce:
    • Property Division
    • Child Custody, Visitation and Support
    • Spousal Support
  • Court Referrals
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Landlord/Tenant Concerns
  • Trusts/Wills/Estate Disputes
  • Business/Customer Disputes
  • Employee/Employer Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Workplace/Discrimination Disputes
  • Mentorship - In addition to mediation services, Theresa is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve as a mentor for all court levels

THERESA MERKEL has been a highly praised and successful mediator since being certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1994 for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, the General District Courts and the Circut Courts.


Theresa has the longest history of serving as a Supreme Court of Virginia Certified Mediator in the Winchester/Frederick and Clarke County geographical areas. As the owner and co-founder of the Mediation Center of Winchester, Inc., Theresa enjoys a private practice as well as providing mediation services for parties referred by the courts.

Since 2003, Theresa has had the Supreme Court of Virginia's Coordinator’s Contract for all referrals from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts for the City of Winchester and the Counties of Frederick and Clarke with positive responses from the Judges and clients.


Since 1994 Theresa's clients have reached agreement on a high percentage of the cases for which she has served as mediator. Theresa is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN). If you are looking for an efficient, professional, and peaceful environment to settle your differences, call Theresa at (540) 664-1266.

MEDIATION is an effective problem-solving process facilitated by a trained, neutral third party. The mediator does not offer opinions, give legal advice, pass judgment or render legally binding decisions. The mediator’s function is to help parties identify and analyze their issues resulting in an agreement that is sufficient and necessary to resolve their differences.