- Dec. 20, 2011 -
Dan Blair, a marriage therapist in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has resorted to the alternative dispute resolution tools found in mediation and parenting coordination training. He is joined by Carlos Acosta, LCSW who provides bilingual counseling and mediation for Spanish-speaking clients. Mediation can be used in marriages, parenting, and divorce. Mediation, unlike counseling, does not attempt to change a person or their choices; instead accepting and clarifying opposing positions to look for creative options to make the relationship work, whether in marriage, parenting or divorce. Divorce mediation will result in a divorce agreement to be used for court, while parenting coordination combines parent education, dispute assessment, mediation, conflict and communication management with recommendations and decision-making also used to prevent return trips to court.
Training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution has enhanced the practice of traditional counseling which focuses on greatly decreasing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and ADHD. The tools are used in rebuilding solid marriage and family relationships and optimism for the future. Christian counseling and mediation are also available.
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Blair Counseling and Mediation develops rapport with couples, family members, and individuals to effect change in relationships and individuals. Especially directed toward protecting marriage/family relationships, mediation lessens the impact of divorce. Spanish and Christian counseling available.Photo: