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Accredited Family Mediator

Welcome Sumita Shah – Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator

Welcome Sumita Shah –Sumita Shah Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator

Welcome to Mediation MK Sumita Shah. Sumita is an Accredited Mediator for Civil, Commercial and Workplace mediation.

In 2020, Sumita started her own company, providing business mentoring to guide and support organisations to achieve their objectives in strategy development, project management and delivery, policy and advocacy, strengthening PFM, public sector audit and assurance, stakeholder engagement and communications.

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Welcome

We Welcome our New Therapist

We Welcome our New Therapist

We would like to welcome our new therapist, Margot O’Donoghue to our expanding team here at Mediation MK. Mental Health is so important and we are sincerely excited to have Margot as part of our team. Why? Here’s a little information about her.

After a business-related career and whilst bringing up her family, Margot returned to studying and obtained a BSc (Hon) in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Psychoanalysis and trained as a psychoanalyst with the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR). During her training she worked two and half years in Holloway Prison with inmates held for various crimes.

Since qualifying for UKCP registration in 2001, Margot has worked in private practice with clients from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. She also was a founder member of the London Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a non-profit organisation offering counselling and psychotherapy to include low-income clients. Furthermore, she has set up and runs Psychological Services, a referral agency putting people in touch with professionals nationwide.

In her private practice Margot has worked short and long-term with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, lack of self-esteem, relationship issues, stress including post-traumatic stress, anger issues, obsessional behaviour, eating disorders, bereavement, gender issues and loss of sexual desire. Furthermore, clients who have moved abroad can continue their sessions with her online.

Margot is a member of CFAR (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research), has a Diploma in Gambling Addiction Counselling and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She practices from locations in Regent Street and Barnet, offering both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy.

If you are seeking support and advice for your mental health, no matter what the subject. Click here to contact us today.

We Welcome our New Therapist

 

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Inclusive LGBTQ+

We are fully Inclusive – LGBTQ+

We are fully Inclusive – LGBTQ+Inclusive LGBTQ+

We pride ourselves in being fully inclusive. When traversing the complex issues within any relationship is hard; whether this be personal, intimate or professional. There is an abundance of varying emotions coupled with the additional extraneous variables such as children, houses, belongings, pay/bonus and promises.
Mental health problems such as depression, self-harm, alcohol and drug abuse and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, but they’re more common among people who are LGBTQ+.
Being LGBTQ+ doesn’t cause these problems. But some things LGBTQ+ people go through can affect their mental health, such as discrimination, homophobia or transphobia, social isolation, rejection, and difficult experiences of coming out.
With this in mind, it may add to the volume of what you’re dealing with in your situation and where you feel you are able to get support you need.
You may feel adverse to seeking help, as may feel you can come to an agreeable resolution independently, however this is always not the case.
Once you decide to get that needed help, you may feel nervous or apprehensive to speaking to a complete stranger about what is in essence your world and how it is being pulled at the seams.
Please don’t worry, we have experienced mediators and therapists who have dealt with all kinds of people with varying situations. You will be welcomed into a safe and open environment where no topic is taboo.
Whether it be the mediation side; where you will find resolution quicker, more effectively and also cheaper than going to a solicitor. Or whether it be the therapeutic side; where know we offer the support you need and deserve.
So please contact us today by clicking here for the details.
We are fully Inclusive – LGBTQ+
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Mental Health Support

Mental Health and Covid-19

Mental Health and Covid-19

Mental Health Support

How is your mental health? Has lockdown affected you, the ones you love or someone you know?
Mediation MK offer support not only in the form of mediation but also as therapy and counselling.
It’s OK not be to OK!! Click here and call today and let’s work through it together.

The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought many changes to how you live your life, and with it uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures and social isolation. You may worry about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last, whether you’ll lose your job, and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make your life feel out of control and make it unclear what to do.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness. And mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen.

Surveys show a major increase in the number of people who report symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic, compared with surveys before the pandemic. Some people have increased their use of alcohol or drugs, thinking that can help them cope with their fears about the pandemic. In reality, using these substances can worsen anxiety and depression.

People with substance use disorders, notably those addicted to tobacco or opioids, are likely to have worse outcomes if they get COVID-19. That’s because these addictions can harm lung function and weaken the immune system, causing chronic conditions such as heart disease and lung disease, which increase the risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

For all of these reasons, it’s important to learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to help you cope.

We are here to help, just click here and pick up the phone and start your journey with us.

Mental Health Support and Covid-19
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Family Mediation Services

Family Mediation ServicesFamily Mediation Services

Family Mediation services can help couples to discuss the future without the need for the expensive legal fees or the litigation process. Mediation is much easier if the two parties are willing to participate, plus it is an impartial process.

What is the Process?

Referral to mediation – The first stage of the process is for either party or their respective solicitor to make a referral to a family mediation service. The referral will include providing the mediation service with both parties contact details and a brief explanation of the issues they wish to mediate on.

  • Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) – Following the initial contact with the parties, the next stage is for each respective party to attend a MIAM. For this appointment the mediator will meet each party separately. The purpose of this appointment is for the mediator to meet with each party and assess whether mediation would be suitable for the issues at hand and ascertain if both parties are willing to attend mediation.

If the mediator assesses that mediation is not suitable or if one party does not wish the attend, the mediator can provide the party who attended their MIAM with either a duly signed C100 form (for children applications) or a duly signed Form A (for financial applications) to enable them to issue court proceedings.

  • Joint Mediation Session – Once both parties have attended their MIAM and are assessed suitable by the mediator and both parties indicate they wish to proceed with mediation, the next stage of the process is to facilitate a joint mediation session. Prior to the session, the mediator will send each party a client care package will consist of: client engagement letter, agreement to mediate, funding agreement and in financial cases; a financial disclosure booklet.

During the session, the parties will have the opportunity to sit together with the mediator to discuss their respective views and what they would like the outcome to be. The mediator will help the parties to consider the available options based upon what each party has proposed and explore whether these options are viable. The aim of this session is to narrow the issues at hand and try to reach an overall agreement that both parties are content with. A typical mediation process involves 2 or 3 sessions but more sessions may be necessary depending on the issues to be resolved.

  • Mediation documentation – After each mediation session, the mediator will draft a mediation record which summaries the issues discussed, any proposals put forward and any tasks they need to complete before the next session. Once both parties have reached an overall agreement the next step for the mediator would be to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Open Financial Statement (OFS). The OFS is prepared in financial mediation cases only and contains a summary of each parties financial information.

The mediation documentation is not legally binding and the parties will need to take the documentation to a solicitor if they want to formalise the agreement e.g. draw up a consent order.

Mediation MK are here to help you through this time, therefore please contact us today by clicking here for the details

Family Mediation Services

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Professional and highly trained

Our Team are here to listen to you and help you resolve your family issues amicably and without spending £1000's on Solictors fees.

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