Self-Referred Mediation Services

Self-Referred Mediation Services

Mediation helps people in conflict have productive conversations, enabling them to identify their “next steps” and sometimes to reach agreements about important matters.  Mediators help facilitate, but do not direct, conversation.  They do not function as attorneys or therapists and do not give advice, nor do they take sides.  Their sole function is to help you have the conversation you want to have on your terms. Mediations are confidential, and nothing you discuss will be repeated outside the center.

Mediation often helps people in conflict to clarify their next steps and can result in their reaching agreements.  If parties choose, they can write an agreement at the mediation.

As a service to our community, the center offers mediation sessions on a self-referred basis.  Mediation is voluntary.  If both parties agree to talk, they meet with our mediators.  Sessions are scheduled for two hours and usually include two mediators.  If, after mediating, the parties feel they’d be helped by meeting again, they can schedule another session.  If you believe mediation could be beneficial, please see our Contact Us page to arrange a session.  To help cover administrative costs, there is a $25 processing fee per party for self-referred mediations.

Mediation may help you with a variety of disputes.

Custody or Family Mediation

When you’re caught up in the conflict of separation or divorce, it’s easy to lose track of what matters most…watching out for your kids’ best interests. Mediation can help you talk about:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Issues
  • Parent / Adolescent
  • Grandparent Visitation

Elder Care

Caring for those who nurtured you stirs up strong emotions.  When you and another person disagree about what’s best for your elderly parent, relative or friend, you may find yourself in conflict.  Mediation can help with issues related to:

  • Intergenerational conflict
  • Caregiver issues
  • Housing decisions
  • Financial and estate matters

Business Disputes

If you’re having difficulty resolving a business or consumer dispute, consider mediation.  Mediation can help you discuss:

  • Co-worker disputes
  • Customer relations
  • Management / Employee relations
  • Ethical dilemmas

Neighbor Disputes

When home sweet home doesn’t feel so sweet because you’re caught up in a neighborhood dispute, consider mediation.  Mediation helps people in conflict have conversations about:

  • Neighbor disagreements
  • Landlord/tenant problems
  • Noise disturbances
  • Vandalism
  • Boundaries
  • Driveways
  • Trees