Addiction and Substance Abuse, more than any other family issue, is a deep and personal concern of mine. My many years served as a community youth worker and child protection social worker has alerted me to the increasing harm ‘addiction’ is having upon the health and well being of contemporary families. I am especially motivated and experienced in addressing the serious problem of substance abuse amongst our youth. Mediation processes can be effectively used to develop action plans that address the recovery needs of individuals and their family-at-large. As your family mediator, I will organize an Addiction Recovery Planning conference to come to terms with this issue in your family.

Separation and Divorce is the most common family issue mediated today. I am a certified Comprehensive Family Mediator and qualified to mediate all the primary concerns of couples in the process of separating and divorcing such as: custody; time with the children; child support; spousal support and the separation of family assets and debts. Successful mediation of Separation and Divorce issues typically requires from 2 to 6 sessions. I use an interactive style, and let participants make their own decisions, guiding them by providing information and support for difficult choices. You can mediate before you consult attorneys and file court documents, or after legal papers have been filed with the court. Parties who are tired of the emotional and financial drain of legal battles often find that mediation can help them find a way that is acceptable to all, especially the children. Mediation can also be used for post-divorce or separation issues, and for non-married parents who need to organize their parenting understandings.

Parent-Teen conflicts can be extremely stressful for families and present critical risk for the safety and well being of the youth involved. Both mediation and family conferences can be successfully utilized to reach agreement and restore family harmony.

Elder Care planning can be a very sensitive issue for families and care-givers. Family mediation has proved to be very beneficial in this regard. This has resulted in a significant increase throughout Canada in the use of family mediators to help families find the best course of action for the care and well being of family elders.

Child Care planning can be critical for the safety and positive growth of children. Families can find that planning regarding the care and well being of children may be best achieved by making use of mediation or a family conference that is professionally facilitated. I am available to lead your family through a conferencing process that will develop full agreement on the what is the best possible Child Care Plan for your unique family situation.