No need to feel stuck during COVID-19. Online Mediation is a safe, very effective and comfortable way to go through.
Coronavirus Mediation Services
Despite the coronavirus crisis, I continue to operate a virtual office and offer you my services, business as usual. This is nothing new for me. I have been doing online mediations for many years and have resolved countless disputes this way.
We use the Zoom platform to conduct online mediation and you can do it from your iPhone, computer or iPad. Our online mediation sessions are secure and confidential, and if you’re not technologically-savvy, don’t worry. We’ll help you get set up for our sessions. If your internet is unstable, we can also conduct mediation by telephone conference.
Why are my Clients so Comfortable with Online Mediation?
This may seem surprising, but there are some real benefits to online mediation. When you stop to think about it, what exactly is lost when discussing issues virtually? While we certainly miss hugging people these days, it is of course, inappropriate in a business setting. Rather, what is needed for productive discussions, is good eye contact, being able to see each other’s body language, and very importantly, being comfortable in the “room.” Being physically in-person at the mediation, is therefore, not really necessary after all. It is just a matter of changing our mindset. I have successfully resolved dozens of divorces and family conflicts online over the years and have repeatedly observed the beneficial aspects of mediating online.
What are the Benefits of Online Mediations?
Online mediation enables clients who are not in the same place, to resolve their matter without court.
Sheryl-Anne uses zoom or facetime for her mediations, if one of the parties is unable to attend in-person. She is able to help clients resolve their issues successfully and peacefully—and at a fraction of the cost of unnecessary litigation and on their own schedule.
Parties do not have to be in the same room as one another and this is a relief.
Oftentimes, one or both of the parties are resistant to the idea of mediation, not wanting to sit in the same room with the other person. Perhaps the person is afraid of a power imbalance. Perhaps they are too angry or upset. Perhaps they feel they cannot advocate for themselves while sitting in the same room. Well, the wonderful thing about online mediation, is that while the parties are able to see each other and interact, they are not physically in the same room. As my one client commented, “the buffer helps me feel more comfortable.” While she could see her spouse, she reported that she felt safer and calmer in her own space. This reaction is very common.
They are able to see their own faces which helps them see in the mirror!
Seeing your own facial expressions on the screen, helps people control themselves and actually listen. This is critical to a good resolution. Anger and upset diminish the capability to listen and digest what others are saying.
They are able to stay more focused on the issues and their future objectives
People cannot come to agreement when they are heated. Since the online setting enables them to better control themselves and have fewer heated arguments, they are able to stay focused on moving forward and to create a just and peaceful resolution.
With Online technology, I am able to share my screen with my clients so all can read the same documents.
This ensures we are all on the same page and all is understood. I am also able to type things up in front of them at that time and/or mark up the document in front of my clients to review.
Sheryl-Anne can move each person into separate online rooms for private discussions.
As the Mediator, being able to see the parties’ faces and body language, Sheryl-Anne is capable of assessing the “temperature” in the room and to know when it is time to split up into separate “online rooms.” She can then speak with each individual privately, and when ready, she brings the parties together to resume the joint session. These conversations often provide critical information to help Sheryl-Anne help you resolve the issues thoroughly, fairly and peacefully.
All of the above benefits of Online Mediation enable the Mediation to go along smoothly and result in an equitable divorce, for far less money, far less time and with far less stress.
While Online or Virtual or Remote Mediation appears to be a new concept for many, for me, it is a tried and true method to help my clients leave their past behind and to look forward with less stress, less cost, resolve their divorce, or family conflicts with dignity and peace.