Dana A Costache

The power of communication lies with the listener, as he or she makes the decision to turn words into action. Do you listen with an open mind?

I am a family and divorce mediator who believes our greatest power lays in how we communicate to each other. I believe that being receptive to other people's ideas can be done in two ways: the first one relates to being intellectually curious and opening your mind to the values and behaviors that stem from other cultures and traditions; the second way is by being emotionally willing to let go of biases and personal judgment when you are facing someone who has a different social-cultural, economic or racial background, and relating to their internal values (kindness, sense of humor, empathy) rather than their external ones.
Being receptive and non-judgmental is the foundation for any relationship, especially the relationships within one's family.
Academically, I am a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and I hold an Executive Education Certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am studying towards my LLB with the University of London International Programmes.
Professionally, I have trained as a family and divorce mediator and I practice in New York and New Jersey. I have worked as a communication adviser and leadership trainer for 16 years prior to completing my training and Practicum in divorce mediation.

After working with corporations and executives for 16 years, I now know that my biggest satisfaction comes from helping families and communities, as they are the foundation of a healthy society. In my work, I help couples to either re-write the story of their relationship or to find, within themselves, the fortitude of letting go and starting new chapters in life, with the least possible negative impact on themselves and other family members.
I live in Bergen County, New Jersey, with my husband and two children. I am an American of Eastern European descent and I draw my cultural roots from Romania, a beautiful country that was once a flourishing European monarchy ruled by German and British monarchs. Since 1948, Romania has endured almost 6 decades of communism, until 1989, when it was freed and became a democracy. Countries, like people, cannot live indefinitely without their freedom.

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