What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes in which two or more parties voluntarily work together to resolve their differences with the assistance of an impartial third party.  Mediation is useful in a wide array of conflicts, when emotions have eased enough that parties can communicate with each other and/or work together to reach a settlement.

What you can expect from me as your Mediator?

  • An impartial 3rd party who will assist all parties to clearly communicate their needs, wants and concerns
  • A professional who is obligated to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and protect privileged information
  • Fair and respectful consideration for all parties involved
  • Keep the discussion focused so that you can creatively resolve the conflict
  • Facilitated discussion and assistance in the development of an agreement that is acceptable and fair to all.  If appropriate, and with the consent of the parties, I may involve other people in the mediation as outside resources (accountants, lawyers, financial planners etc.) for specific information, or to co-mediate.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

  • Can be faster, less expensive and promote ongoing relationships
  • Can empower people to make their own decisions and settle their own disputes
  • Can end conflicts with dignity and fairness
  • Will provide an example of how conflict resolution skills can help resolve conflicts
  • Will provide confidentiality as it is a private process, unless you make it public

What kinds of conflicts can I mediate?

As long as both parties are willing to come together to discuss it, almost any conflict can be mediated with disputes relating to:

  • Family members, marital relationships
  • Co-workers, employer/employee
  • Harassment & grievance issues
  • Partnerships
  • Business, consumer

Mediation is helpful, when?

  • Parties are ready and motivated to resolve
  • Parties understand the process and other options and believe that mediation is preferable to other methods
  • The perceived power relationship is balanced
  • Time and resources are realistic and sufficient and parties are willing to talk
  • Those involved have the power to make a decision
  • The issues are potentially resolvable through changes in behavior, practice or exchange of goods, services or money

What happens when issues are resolved?

  • I will assist you in writing down your agreement.
  • I do not give independent legal advice; you should consult your legal counsel, especially in matters relating to separation and divorce mediation.
  • You can subsequently register this document with the courts.

What happens when the issues are not resolved?

  • You can continue to live with the conflict
  • Seek counseling
  • Use any other process for resolving the dispute including litigation

Why me as your Mediator?

  • I have nearly 20 years experience as a mediator.
  • I have obtained Chartered status after having completed a Certificate in Conflict Resolution
  • I have mediated highly emotional situations
  • I have experience working with unions, management and legal counsel
  • I am fair, respectful and personable and totally unbiased and non-judgmental

Mediation is based on a collaborative win/win philosophy!

  • Perhaps the most important business of any day is caring and being fair in our dealings with others!
  • The highest form of justice comes when everyone is treated equal!
  • Nothing stays the same, nothing remains static.  Which way a situation changes depends on you!

Contact me for a free consultation or more information