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DIPAC offers Mediation services for the Canberra, Queanbeyan and ACT region from our offices at the Barton Specialist Centre. So if you need discuss about mediation or just want to talk to someone, we can help. Call today on: 02 6152 8998 or use our contact form and we will call you back.

We all have some issues that are difficult to resolve between two parties. Sometimes there is a deep emotional wound that is blockading communication, this dam can stifle any hope of a solution between the two parties. This is where mediation comes in. Mediation is the process by which an unbiased third party will help two conflicting parties communicate and, hopefully, come to an agreement. This article will describe what mediation is, its benefits, and the cases it's most suitable for. This will help you to determine if you need mediation or not.

What is mediation?

As mentioned above, mediation is a process by which two conflicting parties turn to a neutral third party. The third party, the mediator, helps the two parties communicate and reach an agreement by mutual consent. The mediator will:

  • Aim to facilitate understanding between the two parties
  • Help identify interests and needs
  • Deploy problem-solving to help reach an agreement.

However, mediation is not like a court or arbitration. This means that mediation will not enforce a solution upon the conflicting parties. Consequently, if there is no resolution between the two parties, the dispute will remain.

Why should I choose mediation?

Mediation allows the two conflicting parties more control over the handling of their dispute and exists as an alternative to formal legal action. This informal and flexible format also allows for a greater range of solutions than would be available in a court or legal proceeding. Further, according to the Australian Mediation Association, mediation is incredibly effective and settles over 85% of disputes between conflicting parties.

In addition to the format and effectiveness of mediation, there are also financial benefits. Mediation is more affordable than legal action and does not require a solicitor to be present. What's more, mediation tends to be an efficient process. Most mediation proceedings are settled after the first few sessions, with a solution finalised within thirty days of the original session.

Finally, the nature of mediation allows for the two parties to continue their relationship, as mediation facilitates direct communication between two parties and requires a solution that is mutually agreed upon. The mediator will be aware of behavioural issues that may be hampering an agreement. Subsequently, the mediator will aim to set ground rules for discussion between parties or an 'expected behavioural style'. This allows for better conversation to take place, while also preserving and, hopefully, allowing a relationship between the two parties to continue.

What cases are suited to mediation?

Mediation is an informal process without the stress and anxiety of litigation or a court case. Consequently, mediation is very common in domestic relations cases. For instance, in a case surrounding child visitation rights, custody, or divorce. In some cases, a judge may even order mediation in order to facilitate a speedier solution. In addition to cases of child visitation or divorce, mediation is also suitable for family members locked in conflict. For sentence, some family members may disagree over the medical treatment or living arrangements of an elderly relative. Further, the efficient and effective nature of mediation also allows it to work well in settling will disputes.

Mediation in Canberra

If you believe you may benefit from mediation, feel free to call DIPAC Counselling on: 02 6152 8998 or use our contact form and we will call you back.

At DIPAC Counselling, we offer a professional and experienced mediation service that will stop at nothing to help you find a solution to your disagreement that is effective, efficient and affordable.

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If you want to talk to someone, contact us today to book an appointment with our professional staff who will help you develop the skills necessary to manage and control your struggles, so you can look after yourself beyond the treatment.

We also offer counselling in Canberra for issues such as bereavement, family matters, anxiety, marital counselling, relationship counselling, couples counselling and even pre-marriage counselling.

DIPAC & Assoc: Darleen Barton, is regulated under the appropriate registrations (Practicing Counsellor & registered with ACA - Australian Counselling Association Members Practicing & registered Mediator with NMAS Members Practicing and registered member International Institute of Complementary Therapy - Counselling, Mediation, Positive Psychology Members, Practicing & registered - Life Coping Coach & Sobriety Coach - ICF International Coaching Federation Members and also provides support services to the general public. NDIS Provider registration.

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