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Personal growth: navigating bumps in the road

I hope you’ve been enjoying this blog series looking at personal growth?  This has been a long time forming in my mind and I’m so pleased to have been able to pull these threads together.  In the first blog I introduced the topic of personal growth in a separation.  In the second blog I gave you some questions to ask yourself to start on this journey, and set out meditation and journaling techniques to help you answer the questions on…

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Personal growth in a separation: what does it really mean

This is the third blog in this series looking at the possibility that there could be personal growth or self-development for you as a result of your separation.  In the first blog I talked about the idea of this concept and the suggestion that separation is the start of a new chapter, and even though the beginning may be characterised by doubts, worries and anxieties, you can choose to look (when it feels right for you) at what the middle…

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Exciting news!

Louisa Whitney (who set up LKW Family Mediation in 2013) is bursting with excitement and has frankly struggled not to share this news at an earlier stage.  From November 2020 LKW Family Mediation will have two mediators as Emma Ingham is joining the practice.  This will enable us to increase the number of clients we’re helping which we are super excited about it.   This is a little bit more about Emma……   ….Emma is a trained Mediator, working towards…

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Personal growth in a separation: questions to ask yourself

If you haven’t already seen the blog I posted last week then I recommend that you take a look.  I started a conversation about personal growth in a relationship breakdown.  I fully acknowledge that if you are feeling grief stricken, angry, stressed and anxious then you may not be ready to think about this yet.  You may just think things are going to be pretty awful and that’s OK.  There is a grief cycle that goes with a relationship breakdown…

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Life can be good again...maybe in a different way

Could your relationship breakdown be transformational (eventually)?

As with a lot of blogs this series has been circulating in my head for a while.  Sometimes there are threads of things I want to say but the whole vision hasn’t come together, or I’m not clear about what my overriding message is – and a muddle blog post is not much help at all!  There are also times when I think about saying things but I worry that they might be seen as controversial and so I have…

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Heard about family mediation and want to know more about it?

The other day I was asked where the best place was for someone who had heard of family mediation but didn’t know much about it, to find out more information.  That got me thinking about what the key messages are that I would want someone to take away about family mediation (whether with LKW Family Mediation or another service).   I thought about this for a bit and then recorded this 3 1/2 minute video that hopefully sums up the…

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Would things be easier if your ex would only change?

Would things be easier if your ex would only change?  Why filing up your own cup may be more important.   In these challenging times where everyone is dealing with all that life brings with it, and COVID-19, Una Archer and I got to talking about the importance of looking after yourself and how filling up your own cup is the most important thing you can do for yourself, and for your relationships with other people.   We all know relationships…

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Anxiety, separation and the pandemic

  This post is by me, Louisa Whitney, founder of LKW Family Mediation based on my recent experiences.  It is an invitation for us all to reflect on the anxiety we feel and to perhaps look at this through the lens of what is anxiety related to our current challenges, and what is anxiety that is coming from others and society generally. Anxiety is defined on the MIND website as: “Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense…

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Reflections on mediating in a global pandemic

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on my experiences of offering family mediation during the global pandemic and really wanted to chat this through with another experienced mediator.  I have been feeling anxious this week about the increasing numbers of COVID cases and having just started going back to some meetings in person (albeit with safeguards in place).  One of the great things about mediation is having a support person (called a PPC – Professional Practising Consultant).  I approached my…

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Do I need to mediate: #4 getting an answer

Hopefully if you’ve followed these blogs for the last few weeks then you have a greater idea of the thinking that goes into this question.  In order to help you arrive at a definitive answer the purpose of this blog is to pull the threads together into a thought process. The starting point is do you have issues that need resolving as a result of your separation?  These might be to do with money, or your children, or both.  Or…

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