Why Choose Family Mediation?
Aligned Choices Mediation offers family mediation and conflict coaching services in Toronto. Mediation can help people in conflict because the mediator is an experienced and neutral third party whose role is to provide a safe place where interests, needs, and feelings can be discussed openly.
As a mediator, I use my focus to help change the dynamic between my clients who are seeking freedom from the patterns of defense and confrontation in their relationship. To help my clients accomplish their goals for the mediation, I use empathic active listening to neutrally present what they care about as a way of promoting new understanding and agreement.
In order to strengthen the mediation process I may pass on helpful conversation skills as needed. With effort, clients can take charge of communicating what they care about so that it is heard by the other.
Finally, mediation seeks to create a solid shared narrative between the participants that will encompass all of the resolved issues.
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Why Is Aligned Choices Mediation Different?
The conversations that are most beneficial in helping individuals achieve their goals inspire reflection and self-inquiry. To this end, clients of Aligned Choices Mediation are invited to participate in conversations with the goal of stimulating insight.
Participation in any avenue of discussion is always voluntary, and all participants are encouraged to take part in insight-building conversations so that their actions can become more aligned with their goals.
Who Can Benefit From Family Mediation?
Couples who have separated or are in the process of separating
Individuals looking to change the way they approach a conflict situation at home or at work
Adults wanting to communicate their healthcare plan to their family after a sudden change of health
Siblings who are having to make long-term care decisions for a parent
Parent and teenage child who are losing sight of their all important bond, and are in need of a recovery plan
How Does Family Mediation Work?
The first step involves a brief 15-minute phone conversation where our initial questions are asked and answered. The length of the conversation is flexible, and will be long enough for us to start getting to know one another. Within that time, I will confirm that my services are appropriate for your situation.
If we are satisfied and want to proceed, I will send out a confidential intake form and schedule an online individual intake session of at least one hour. Payment for the first session will need to be paid when the booking is made.
After both of the individual intake sessions have taken place, I will notify each participant within 2–3 days whether mediation is appropriate. If mediation is deemed to be appropriate, I will design a mediation process specifically for your circumstances. If it is not deemed appropriate, I will make a recommendation for another type of process.
I only offer a closed mediation process. This means that all discussions are non-prejudicial in nature and cannot be used as evidence in any court proceeding which may follow our meetings. If there is no agreement, and mediation is terminated by any of the participants, no final document summarizing the discussions of the mediation will be written. Furthermore, no conversation will take place afterwards where individual thoughts, opinions, or perspectives are shared.
What to Expect from Family Mediation
Due to recent updates on how services can be offered in the province of Ontario intake sessions will continue to be held online using the Google Meet platform. In-person mediations will be provided upon request, and all current social distancing policies will be observed.
All issues to be discussed in mediation will have to be agreed upon by all parties to the mediation.
Progress notes can be made available to each party after each meeting, so that they have time to review and reconsider what they have agreed upon.
When issues to be mediated have legal ramifications (i.e. division of assets and property, shared parenting or support arrangements) the process is best supported when the participants seek independent legal advice from a family lawyer both during the process, and as it is being finalized.
Speak to a family mediator in Toronto. Call 647-783-6705.