Mediator's Profile


Dr. Patricia Garver

Business Name: Divorce Mediation Associates, Ltd.

Dr. Patrice B.F. Garver is an accomplished mental health professional and licensed mental health specialist in Virginia. Patrice consults with many professionals in the Virginia area, and her services are often sought by schools, medical professionals and organizations, specifically because of her work and training in child development and assessment.

Dr. Garver has worked with children, families, and other specialists for more than 30 years, providing services for families in need, important feedback as a child specialist, providing services for at-risk families and, in recent years, providing services helping families parents and children navigate the stressors of separation and divorce.

The Collaborative Practice provides divorcing couples with the support and guidance of their own individual lawyers without going to court. Included in a collaborative team is a mental health coach, a financial specialist and if needed, a child specialist.

The collaborative practice approach helps to negotiate a mutually accepted resolution without having the court decide issues. As a Collaborative Divorce Mental Health Coach, Dr. Garver helps clients utilize effective problem-solving and communication techniques to resolve disputes calmly, with dignity and respectfully, within this supportive team format.


  • University of Maryland, Developmental Psychology, PH.D.,
  • University of Maryland, Special Education/Psychology, BA
  • University of South Florida (completed Special Ed/ Psychology program), BA, magna cum laude


  • University of South Florida, Special Education Graduate Program: Learning disability certification
  • University of Virginia, Learning Disabilities Certification for VA
  • MA, magna cum laude, Antioch College, Developmental Clinical Psychology
  • George Mason University, School Psychology Certification
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute: Family Trauma Center, Post Doc/ Counseling training
  • MA, Argosy University, Mental Health Counseling
  • Completed Required Training as a Mediator and Collaborative Mental Health Counselor
  • Currently continuing in Advanced Training

Professional Organizations

  •   International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  •   Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, President
  •   Fairfax County Professionals, Member
  •   Steering Committee, 2015 – present
  •  American Counseling Association, Member, 2008 – Present
  •  American Psychological Association, Member, 1990 – Present
  •  Fairfax County partnership group, 1996 – 2010
  •  Board of Trustees for Langley School, Board of Trustees, 1990 – 1994

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