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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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Do I have to mediate:#3 what are the options?

In this new series of blogs we’re looking at the question we get asked a lot which is, do I have to go to mediation.  The first blog looked at what the rules say and the context behind why the rules were made.  The second blog looked at whether you might be able to resolve things yourselves and asked questions about what you need to resolve, and what the barriers might be to this.   In this blog we’re looking…

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Do I have to mediate: #2 can you resolve things yourself?

In this new series of blogs we’re looking at the question we get asked a lot which is, do I have to go to mediation.  The first blog looked at what the rules say and the context behind why the rules were made.  The next blog looks at how you might resolve all the issues that crop up when you separate.  Why is this important?  Well because when a couple separate there are usually issues that need to be resolved…

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Do I have to mediate: #1 the rules

In a new series of blog posts we’re addressing the question “do I have to mediate”.  It’s something we get asked a lot and, as usual, we want to widen the lens a bit on this binary question.  The question is not just whether you are going to HAVE to mediate, but what the alternatives are.  You can decide not to do something only to find out the other options aren’t good for you either.  So the aim of this…

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Separation: your changing family #4

In the last part of this four part series of blogs we’re continuing our focus on how your family will change as a result of separation.  In the first blog we invited you to notice the little changes that you may perhaps have not appreciated the significance of and to be alert to them.  In the second blog we invited you to think about a vision for what you want your post separation life to be like.  To fill this…

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Separation: your changing family #3

In the third blog of this 4 part series we’re continuing our focus on how your family will change as a result of separation.  In the first blog we invited you to notice the little changes that you may perhaps have not appreciated the significance of and to be alert to them.  In the second blog we invited you to think about a vision for what you want your post separation life to be like.  To fill this up and…

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Separation: your changing family #2

In the second blog of this 4 part series we’re continuing our focus on how your family will change as a result of separation.  In the first blog we invited you to notice the little changes that you may perhaps have not appreciated the significance of and to be alert to them.   In this next blog I’m talking about creating a vision of what you want your family life to look like post separation.  This is something I feel…

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Separation: your changing family #1

It is an obvious fact that separation will change your family but often people focus on the big changes rather than the smaller ones that can feel significant.  You may also each feel differently about how your family is changing and it’s important to recognise this.  One person may feel more positive about the changes than the other, for instance.  In this four part blog series we are going to walk you through how your family might be changing and…

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