Mediation Services

What is Mediation?

Mediation presents an opportunity for a neutral third person to facilitate a constructive conversation between individuals experiencing conflict. It can be appropriate for issues regarding co-parenting, co-habitation during separation/divorce, custody, support, family disagreements, and more. It provides a neutral, safe environment with supportive guidance to help you work toward a satisfactory agreement.

What types of conflicts are a good fit for mediation?

  • Divorce/Custody
  • Co-Parenting
  • Family
  • School
  • Neighbors
  • Elder Issues
  • Employer/Employee
  • Business Partner/Co-worker

Why should I mediate?

  • Mediation fosters new insight and understanding, improved and more effective communication employing a positive approach to conflict resolution.
  • Costs are typically less than arbitration or litigation, and scheduling is usually quicker than a court hearing.
  • Mediators keep information in the mediation confidential.Mediation fosters new insight and understanding, improved and more effective communication employing a positive approach to conflict resolution.
  • Parties retain control of the outcome determining their own agreement, as opposed to the court system, where a judge decides.

Do I need a lawyer for mediation?

Lawyers are not required, but sometimes can be helpful in the mediation process.

What happens in mediation?

  • Each person has an uninterrupted opportunity to share their perspective on the situation.
  • The mediator facilitates the conversation and assists each person in communicating effectively, understanding the other’s perspective, identifying important issues, and brainstorming solutions.
  • The mediator acts as a neutral party, does not take sides, make judgments or offer solutions.

How much does mediation cost?

Mediation usually takes less time and costs far less than litigation.  Our rates are very competitive for the experienced, personal attention you will receive: $200.00 per hour with a 2 hour minimum per session. Most mediation issues can be settled in one session.

How do I get more information or make an appointment?

Please give us a call at 412-367-0575 or email at admin@pghpsychotherapy.com to schedule an appointment with Maria Christina, MS, Certified Mediator.