The Solution is Mediation

Janet Miller Wiseman & The Negotiation Collaborative since 1979

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138 Lowell St,
Lexington, MA

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Decision Making Mediation

For Individuals     Couples     Relationships
Wedding     Marriage     Post Marriage  
Special Needs     Clergy      Small Businesses     Elders

Look for the upcoming Decision Making Institute of New England in 2014

Decision Making Mediation was invented and designed by Janet Miller Wiseman in 1970 and the description is available below….

Clients and their mediators or psychotherapists typically describe marriage counseling or couples therapy as a forum to address issues of faulty communication, parenting, finances, lack of emotional and physical intimacy. The outcome is hoped to be the creation or re-creation of  healthy, even thriving relationships and family.

If one partner has misgivings, is indecisive or ambivalent about the future of the relationship and the "counseling or therapy" doesn't work and the partners don't stay together, both clients and helpers feel the process has been a failure.

Decision Making Mediation, in contrast, has as its goal addressing the individual goals of each member of the couple; one goal may be to make a decision about their future direction, while the goal of the other partner is to work hard to stay married.

Janet Wiseman custom formulates a list of essential questions for the couple to answer which informs them of what they want and need in a good long-term relationship, what they know they can't tolerate, their own strengths and limitations, asks what advice they believe their parents would give them at this point in time and a myriad of other questions. They combine the insight received from the questions with their own observations over the years, their intuition, heart and gut feelings and observations to reach "ah ha-- now I truly know what direction this relationship must take".  Sometimes they take a pause from working on the relationship, or separate inside or outside their home, with more mediation sessions, or restructure into a longer separation or even a carefully considered, thoughtful divorce.

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Parents make thoughtful decisions about residential or at home living arrangements for special needs children, or their elder parents, or their own future living arrangements.

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Individuals make decisions about their careers, career changes, weddings, marriages, when to have children or adopt, educational planning for their children, directions for their marriages or relationships.  Clergy and co-clergy, although angels, of course, often have issues to deal with between themselves.

Family members with small businesses, high school, universities, municipal organizations and many other pairs, individuals and groups successfully  use Decision Making Mediation every day.

Janet and associates use the approaches she designed in her upcoming book "7 Visual Stages of Highly Effective Negotiation and Decision Making" and in "Mediation Therapy: Short-Term Decision Making for Relationships in Conflict" for Decision Making Mediation.

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Janet Miller Wiseman provides Mediation and Counseling Services in the Boston area. She is an accomplished Divorce, Family and Business Mediator, and Individual/Couples/Family Psychotherapist. She has over 40 years of experience as an individual/couple/family psychotherapist and over well over 30 years of experience as a divorce mediator. Her office is located in Lexington, MA. and while she serves clients from all over Massachusetts, many of her clients are from Acton, Arlington, Burlington, Bedford, Concord, Gloucester, Framingham, Lincoln, Malden, Newton, Watertown, Wellesley, Winchester, Waltham, Woburn, Reading and Salem. Janet is also willing to travel to your location for training, presentations and workshops.