As a longtime practitioner and teacher of mediation, I can honestly say that I am as inspired by this work now as I was when I originally began in 1979 as a founding clinician of a home for teenage runaways. The settings and participants at my table have changed over the years, but my commitment to a person’s right and responsibility to determine for themselves their course of action hasn’t wavered. At the heart of this core principle of mediation — self-determination of the parties — is a trust in what happens when people are required to step up to the hard yet energizing work of figuring out what they really want as well as accepting and working with what is possible going forward together. In addition to offering process guidelines and successful relational and negotiation strategies, I help people be at their best by creating an environment of deep respect. While conflict conversations will rarely feel safe, I work with participants to create a safe enough space to explore possibilities together, working creatively, compassionately, and productively to address both individual and collective needs.”
Jeanne offers mediation services for families, small communities, and groups facing any number of difficult conversations where participants care about both process and moving forward with decisions and actions.
Jeanne works with families in transition, whether parents separating (unmarried, or married and divorcing) or coming together in new configurations. Jeanne has extensive experience in helping parents create co-parenting schedules and plans, reworking plans at any stage, and assisting parents in developing effective co-parenting communication. The focus of the work is as individual and unique as every family, and is informed by whatever the families’ needs are at the time.
In addition to mediation services for families in transition, Jeanne offers co-parenting and divorce counseling and consultation. Please click here for more information.