Monthly Archives: November 2008

Imagine Peace!

Imagine what would happen if everyone practiced non-violence and chose peace! Dedication to non-violence and peace in behavior and thought is a primary reason that I have chosen to practice mediation. Mediation fosters non-violent, constructive conflict resolution more than other forms of dispute resolution. Through my own practice I look for ways to advance peace [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Holidays can be a stressful time for many families, divorce adds even more complexity because of the changes to routines and family traditions. The most important thing to do is to be civil with your former spouse and keep your children in mind so that they can enjoy the holiday and the turkey….no matter how [...]

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Co-creating for Clients

The First Annual Conference of Collaborative Professionals of Washington was a huge success! What a vibrant, progressive group of professionals! And just as I mentioned last week, at the conference there was a session in which Collaborative Professionals and mediators dialogued about how using mediation in the Collaborative process could better serve clients! The discussion [...]

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An Educational Opportunity!

Today I am headed to the First Annual Conference of Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW), in Gig Harbor. CPW’s purpose is to advance best practices for Collaborative Professionals, which they define as “independent attorneys and allied mental health, financial, and counseling professionals”. There is no mention of mediators. However, I am very excited about attending [...]

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The Initial Divorce Imbalance

Inevitably, one person in a relationship reaches the decision to divorce first. He or she has given it a lot of thought before approaching the other spouse or partner. So when the subject is broached, the initiator is psychologically ahead. Unless you are in an abusive relationship, if you are the initiator, try to be [...]

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When To Start Mediation

“When is the best time to start mediation?” Ask yourself how you want your divorce to turn out…how do you want to feel in a year…two years….ten years? Nothing about divorce is easy. Divorcing couples feel confused, stressed, angry and fearful. Their emotions are ignited and may seem out of control. But how the divorce [...]

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