Description of Practice:
My experience as a mediator is broad, especially in areas of family and workplace conflict.
I accept referrals from Circuit Courts in Maryland in regard to parenting, economic issues at divorce, and families in which there may be a Child in Need of Assistance (CINA). I accept civil cases in regard to workplace conflict, I mediate for the Maryland Commission for Civil Rights, and I mediate for the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College in Howard County, Maryland.
Much of my private practice is currently focused on family matters, and each family is unique (some couples are married, some not; some have children, some not.) In my experience, parents--whether married, separated, divorced or never married--worry about the impact of their decisions on their children. My practice is to support parents in making arrangements that meet the needs of their children. In addition, my practice is to support spouses and partners in transition in finding a way forward that minimizes loss and feels respectful.
Mediation Approach :
In my experience, people come to mediation with strong feelings regarding issues they care deeply about. These feelings sometimes create static through which it is difficult to hear one another. Mediation can help individuals in conflict transcend the static, hear one another, and search for outcomes that meet the needs of all.
My approach to mediation is primarily facilitative. In a way, I serve as a neutral navigator through the resolution process: helping clients to gather information, to identify issues for resolution, and to generate and select alternatives that best meet their needs. I have a great respect for the capacity of individuals with different viewpoints to share their perspective, to acknowledge the perspective of others, and to work on crafting resolutions that address the needs of all involved.
Mediation Training Services:
Please do contact me to learn more about my 40-hour course in "Basic Mediation Skills." Customized mediation training tailored for different settings available upon request.
Similarly, please do contact me to learn more about my 20-hour course in "Child Access Mediation" and my 20-hour course in "Divorce and the Fiscal Future" (which covers matters of property and finance at divorce). These courses can be adapted to meet particular learning needs.
And, please do contact me to learn more about training available on special topics related to mediation such as "Neurological Tips for Mediators," and "Charting Your Course: Ethical Decision-Making for Mediators." I look forward to hearing from you!