I come with a unique combination of expertise and skill in mediation, child development, divorce coaching, and psychotherapy, which together can help you best navigate all waters facing you. By drawing on principles of Buddhism, such as creating a sense of equanimity in the room, along with kindness and compassion, I can help you both be less emotionally reactive to one another and more able to articulate what is important to you and why. Once you are able to hear one another and feel understood, you are both likely to develop a greater sense of sensitivity for each other's circumstances, allowing you both to move forward with less difficulty.
As an Elder Mediator
Family disputes involving family members, especially elders can be heart-wrenching. On top of deeply-entrenched, complicated family-of-origin dynamics that are present within all families, family members are often faced with resolving urgent and complex residential, medical, or financial issues at a time when emotions are at their highest. These decisions often involve trying to balance the competing values of safety and autonomy for an elder, complicated by the fact that family members may have different perspectives on what is considered safe and how much autonomy is appropriate in any given situation. It is important to create a safe, inclusive environment so that all family members can share their concerns openly and respectfully with the goal of everyone feeling heard and understood. If that environment can be created and maintained, the family can be guided toward finding a wise and often creative solution that works for all.
I am uniquely prepared as a family and elder mediator. In addition to being an experienced mediator and psychotherapist specially trained in Elder Mediation, I have a Ph.D. in Public Health and have taught courses in Aging, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, and Death & Dying for years at the university level. Together, these have given me expertise in the medical and psychological needs of elders, which is essential to successful elder mediation.
I understand how emotionally challenging these issues can be for everyone, and I am committed to helping your family make the best decision possible that upholds the highest level of autonomy possible for your elder without sacrificing safety.
|New York City Office |
220 Fifth Avenue (26/27, closer to 26th)
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 222-6300
|Brooklyn Office |
159 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (917) 691-9947
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone: (914) 591-6800