Family Conflict Mediation is about resolving relationship tensions and conflicts. If issues around communication, behaviour, managing the home, coping with life’s stresses, parenting and the balance of responsibilities around the home are causing difficulty; then we can help. We bring 15 years’ experience of mediating and resolving intense and challenging situations.
NOTE: We do not provide Family Mediation Separation and Divorce Under the Family Law Act, this is where relationships are ending and property, finance, pensions and access to the children are negotiated. See the Family Mediation Council for providers in your area.
Our service is focused on repair, rebuilding and strengthening on-going relationships. This is a fast, effective low-cost service that quickly de-escalates situations, reduces the stress and worry and gets all back on track. We can deliver this service over the phone or online. We aim to repair, rebuild and strengthen relationships.
The service is informal, confidential and can quickly reduce hurt and tension. We are keen to understand what is important for each of you, how you feel and what could make a difference. We work at your pace, at convenient times and you are very much in control of the process. You do not have to talk directly to each other at the start. This option can become available once you have built confidence through the process. We work online and over the phone at first to build psychological safety and confidence, enabling you to then move to direct communications.
Families can feel a place of safety and support, sadly this is not always possible. We live in difficult times and external pressures such as work, cost of living, health concerns and high levels of change can strain relationships and pit us against each other. Under these conditions we tend to blame or take it out on those closest to us. This service helps us manage that load more effectively by coping together better.
The latest research shows that unresolved parental conflict has a significant impact on children’s mental health, educational attainment, long term mental health and future life chances.
It can be easy to get into negative patterns of communication and behaviour, where people can feel isolated, overlooked, pressured, and taken for granted. You may feel you are having to carry everything for everyone without any support or recognition. Negative patterns can come to the fore around key family events or get togethers, such as weddings or Christmas. There are many changes and stages in life that can benefit from relationship support: a new child, a new partner, children becoming adults, leaving home, job changes, health changes, care for relatives, redundancy, retirement, bereavement and inheritance.
Family disconnection and disagreements are a normal part of life. Letting them grow, fester and become long term can happen before we have realised the loss.
Whether you are a couple, a parent, an extended family, siblings or a family business; we can provide a supportive, constructive process that will help take the heat out of talking about what matters most.
We have helped many people resolve difficult and emotive situations, situations that have felt impossible to resolve.
Please email first and ask for Liz or Steve, or email.
Please note this is not Family Mediation under the Family Law Act in terms of divorce and separation; where legal rights and entitlements on finances, property, pensions and child contact arrangements are negotiated. For Separation & Divorce Mediation contact the Family Mediation Council.
Family Conflict Skills
We have extensive experience of providing tailored training courses to a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations including SureStart teams, troubled families teams, homelessness providers, family group conferencing teams, contact centres, family prison welfare workers, social workers, family workers, educational psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and family therapists. See here for feedback on family conflict training courses – here.