How Mediation Can Help Your Family

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an opportunity for people in conflict to sit around a table with two mediators to help them have a difficult conversation. Mediation offers participants the opportunity to express themselves in their own words, to be heard, to hear what others have to say, and to work together to build agreements about how to move forward that meet the needs of people involved.

Mediation is voluntary, non-judgmental, and confidential.

  • Voluntary means that all are at a mediation at their own free will and can end the process at any time. No one is forced to do anything they don’t want to do. No one is forced to agree to anything they don’t want to. 

  • The mediators are non-judgmental. They are not judges. Their job is to listen, ask questions, and try to clarify what is important to everyone. They don’t give advice, decide who is right or wrong, and don’t take sides. 

  • Mediation is confidential. Nothing is recorded on any device. Mediators may be taking notes and they destroy those notes after the session.

The Mediation Process