Do you need help resolving a workplace conflict or family dispute? Have you decided to divorce and need to finalize a settlement agreement or parenting plan?
Do you want to avoid a costly legal dispute with your employer or your ex? We can help. Relationship coaching is available for individuals, groups, and corporations.
Do any of these conflict styles match you or your partner? 🙋♀️same here!
ALL relationships have conflict, but it is how you handle it that is most important. Take accountability for your actions, express your needs, and take a break from the situation until you feel ready to communicate in a healthy way. Happy weekend everyone!
Did you know that relationship patterns are learned and passed from one generation to the next? That’s what makes it so hard to identify toxic and unhealthy relationships - especially if that’s what has always been modeled for you. Self-reflection, journaling, and seeking professional help are three good steps to break old patterns and learn a new way to love.
Self-acceptance is a form of forgiveness to yourself. Letting go of toxic anger, shame, and guilt is important for our emotional well-being. When we learn from our past and forgive our own mistakes, we become accountable, emotionally open, and at peace with others and ourselves.
Did you know that it took 8 years after we broke up with England to actually achieve peace and cease fire? It’s true. The Treaty of Paris was signed today in 1784.
Have you declared “it’s done” with someone or something in your life yet you‘re still fighting? It’s never too late to mediate.
May 2022 be your best year yet!
May you and your loved ones be gifted kindness this holiday season!
National Be Nice Day is observed annually on October 5 to encourage acts of kindness among people and to highlight how doing good deeds can reduce conflict and help build a better world.
Azerbaijan on Saturday (12 June) released to Armenia 15 prisoners of war captured last year during hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, under a deal mediated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and saluted by the US and the EU.
There are few things more disappointing than to realize you’ve befriended a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Fake friends can be very hard to identify, but here are a few signs:
Is this person sweeter to you than they are to most other people - especially when they need something?
Is their mood toward you always fluctuating and inconsistent?
Do they apologize for things too much without sincerity or say mean things with an excuse of “that’s just how I am”!
Do they put themselves front and center while comparing you to other people?
Does the person give you backhanded compliments leaving you feeling unsettled after you’ve spent time with them?
These are all signs of a fake or toxic friend and we are here to help if you need us. Other examples? DM us. In the meantime, watch your flock! 🐺🐑
Mediation could've helped this mother vent her anger and hurt in a healthy way. Instead, she decided to plow her car into another, commit assault, violate her restraining order, and more. Now her actions have ended her career and she's spending the next year in jail. Oh, and it is likely that she will lose custody of the kids she loves to her ex-husband. Sad. There is a much better way!
Atlantic Mediation Services assists clients nationwide. Here are a few reviews from our customers in Ashburn, Herndon, Leesburg, Virginia, Brambleton, Broadlands, Purcellville, Round Hill, and more including Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Frederick County and Clarke County.
Want to build or maintain healthy relationship -- or get out of a bad one? We can help.
In relationship coaching, we work with our clients to identify what they want in their relationships, and most importantly, help them develop actionable steps on how to get there. Our confidential coaching sessions are with individuals, couples, private groups, and corporations.
Here is a good example of litigation taking too long! Chyna originally sued the Kardashian family in 2017 over “accusations of assault, battery, domestic violence, defamation, and interference with prospective economic relations in regard to Rob & Chyna, her reality show with ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian, being canceled.” The family had their dismissal denied by the court in December 2020. That’s three years after the initial suit was filed! Chyna 10-day trial is expected in late October, but if the parties agree to mediate, they can start right away. 🤞
In December the model won her first legal battle against the family in the ongoing case.
Happy National Pets Day to my two partners, Sir Jasper Whiskerton and Josie Bird. 🐾 May we all learn to love unconditionally like our canine friends do. ❤️
We've added a new service to our practice: Certified Relationship Coaching!
We coach our clients on how to communicate effectively on topics such as child-rearing, intimacy, lifestyle, and more. Happy couples who articulate their wants/needs are more likely to avoid marital pitfalls, disappointment, and divorce.
Want to build or maintain healthy relationship -- or get out of a bad one? We can help. In relationship coaching, we work with our clients to identify what they want in their relationships, and most importantly, help them develop actionable steps on how to get there. Confidential. Individual or grou...
Mediation in the news! Four unnamed women of varying ages — 35, 38, 43, and 70 — filed a new lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York State court two days ago alleging sexual harassment and assault. The women are working with mediators in a "claims resolution program" for alleged victims of Weinstein.
In addition to naming Weinstein, the plaintiffs included Robert Weinstein, Disney, and Miramax in their suit as well since Harvey was in their employment at the time and they were part of the coverup. Those are huge companies with very deep pockets. A jury convicted Weinstein of r**e and sexual assault against two women, and a New York state judge sentenced him to 23 years in state prison in March 2020, plus his company for bankruptcy last year (and subsequently sold for $280M). A Delaware court approved a $17M settlement fund reserved from the bankruptcy to be split among all the victims. Super curious about your thoughts on this! Comment below or DM us.
Happy Monday! We are open this week despite Spring Break and you can mediate from the comfort of home.
Atlantic Mediation is located in Loudoun County in Northern Virginia. We offer mediation and relationship coaching services in sourrounding counties such as Fairfax, Arlington, Clarke County, Frederick County, Prince William County, and nationwide via digital mediation.
Our goal is simple. We want to take the mystery and stress out of the divorce process and empower you to make your own decisions -- and a much lower cost than going through a divorce trial. A mediated divorce (also called a collaborative divorce) usually proceeds much faster through the court system since it is an uncontested proceeding.
Over 80% of employees have admitted to searching for other jobs due to conflict in the workplace. Are you one of them? Workplace conflict leads to a downturn in workplace morale, decreased motivation, feelings of dissatisfaction about the company -- and poor Glassdoor reviews. Worst case: an unresolved workplace conflict can lead to expensive litigation proceedings and even more damaging publicity on social media and in the press. Try mediation instead!
Good morning Facebook! We are now on WhatsApp. Let us know if you have any questions!
Lack of commitment, arguing too much, infidelity, and unrealistic expectations are the top reasons why couples split up. We are experienced in navigating all of these topics -- and with mediation, the divorce process is much faster.
Little girls with big dreams often grow into them.
May we encourage our girls -- and each other -- in the belief that anything is possible. Happy International Women's Day!
Thank you B Social for the great chat about mediation! So fun!
Happy birthday to us! We are so grateful to be a part of the healing process for many families and coworkers. Thank you to all of our clients and friends for trusting us and making this a tremendous year despite all of the challenges. We look forward to continuing to serve our community for years to come.
Has a conflict with a coworker gotten so toxic that you want to quit? Don’t! We can help you enjoy your job again.
The major difference between the two is this: child custody determines which parent will take care of the child for a majority of the time. A parenting plan determines when and where the other parent will spend time with the child and speaks more to quality time. Need help crafting one? We’re ready to help.
Need help through a divorce or another conflict? We’re here for you.
We’ve all had to deal with interpersonal conflict at some point in our life: a bad break-up, a divorce, a workplace dispute, or a conflict with a roommate, neighbor, or classmate. It was a really tough time, wasn’t it? Or perhaps you are experiencing it now and you just want the situation to end and/or improve. It is difficult to focus on anything else and perhaps you’re feeling stressed out, anxious, trapped, and stuck. Ugh. I’ve been there.
This is when a mediator can help, especially if anger is the primary emotion for you or your ex-husband/friend/co-worker, etc. Why? Well my friends, anger is a strange beast. It can trick you into thinking that your best bet is to sue and experience your own “Law & Order” moment where you get to tell the judge how terribly you’ve been treated. However, the reality is that it never works out that way in real life, especially if you have children. Litigation is lengthy, expensive, bitter, and public. You have little control over the outcome because a settlement is imposed upon you by a judge or an arbitrator. You don’t get a choice in the matter. If you don’t like how it all turns out in court, there is very little (and sometimes nothing) you can do. This is why mediation is a much better alternative than litigation - you get to decide what right looks like. Does a judge or attorneys know what what’s best for you (and your child(ren))? Nope. They didn’t know best for me either. I chose mediation for my own divorce/custody issues years ago and I have never regretted it. In fact, I became such an advocate for #mediationoverlitigation that I became a mediator myself to help other families and individuals resolve their conflicts and move forward in peace -- while maintaining control of the outcome.
Mediation is a highly-personalized, private, caring -- oh, and it costs significantly less than going to court. You get to negotiate your own agreement with the help of a trained, highly-skilled mediator who is bound by a State Code of Ethics (Virginia, in my case). As a mediator, I act as a facilitator - not an advocate, judge, or therapist. I am required to maintain complete neutrality and use my skills to help you solve your own problems. I assist you in identifying the issues, explore alternatives, and help you reach voluntary agreements confidentially. I also draft the settlement agreements, custody and property settlement agreements, and memorandums of understanding for signature that may become legally binding.
By the way, perhaps you’re thinking that it is too late because you’re already litigating. Guess what? It’s never too late to hire a mediator. In fact, most of the individuals that I work with are feeling emotionally and financially drained and need the process to speed up or become “unstuck” without going back and forth between your attorney and the opposing counsel. I work with individuals (and their counsel as needed) at every phase of litigation. I also provide pre-litigation consultations. Bonus: the fees are typically shared equally among the parties.
About the Author: Erin Fisher is a certified mediator, entrepreneur, and consultant. She was recently named to the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association. She received an executive certification in negotiation and conflict resolution from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business and her undergraduate degree in communication from West Virginia University. Fisher was inspired by her own experiences in family mediation and works with private clients to identify and reconcile competing interests related to property distribution, custody plans, and visitation. Relying on nearly two decades supporting the Department of State, Fisher works with clients to establish peace in the workplace. She traveled extensively overseas and provided conflict resolution and mediation services related to contracts, employee dynamics, change management, and more by remaining open-minded, neutral, and unbiased to differences.