What is mediation – this is something as a mediator I am often asked. The definition of mediation refers to conflict resolution with the mediator as non-judgmental and totally impartial. For me, the best part of mediation is seeing people at the end of the mediation being able to shake hands or even hug. I remember when they came for the first session they were barely able to be in the same room together.
What is Mediation – it helps people to deal with their issues in a safe environment. They are listened to by the other side and by the mediator.
It is sad if people do not take the opportunity to attend mediation or counselling and end up in a situation where they cannot communicate. One issue which may then arise is that one parent may try to turn the children against the other parent. I meet many adults through my work who report that their parents turned them against the other parent. This is called parental alienation. These adults report that this was emotional abuse. What is mediation – another definition is that it teaches people the skills to communicate better. In this way it is hoped that parental alienation and resultant emotional abuse of children may be avoided.