Talking Alternatives is a professional mediation firm providing elder and family mediation in the New York Tristate area. We help people resolve their conflicts through facilitated conversation.
We offer alternatives to miscommunication, lack of communication, poor communication and the inability of family members to communicate effectively and responsively.
We work with people like you to resolve contentious issues.
We act as a non-judgmental, non-directive, neutral third party guiding the discussion, enabling all voices to be heard, and empowering you to find solutions and reach mutually agreeable decisions.
Mediation lets you make the decision rather than having another person decide the outcome. If it is a potential court matter, it allows the parties to reach an agreement rather than having a judge dictate the decision. Going before a judge means that one party will win and one will lose, and there is no guarantee that the case will be decided in your favor. In mediation, both parties have the opportunity to resolve the conflict, allowing for both of their interests. In family disputes, it enables factions or disagreeing family members to work together towards a solution rather than having one member assume all responsibility for decision making, possibly creating further conflict. Mediation can level the playing field if one party chooses to obtain counsel while the other party is not able to. In mediation, both parties can come to the table on equal terms and work through their conflict themselves.
You’ve likely seen a movie with this storyline: the cast of characters descend on the family home as the holidays near. Tensions rise over certain relationships – oftentimes, with siblings.
Unfortunately, these scenes are all too familiar in real life. And while maintaining sibling relationships is easy for some – an extension of good times together, it can be a challenge for many of us. No, we can’t pick our family, but there are good reasons to continue to share our lives with our siblings.
The teenage years have a lot in common with the terrible twos. During both stages our kids are doing exciting new things, but they’re also pushing boundaries (and buttons) and throwing tantrums. The major developmental task facing both age groups is also the same: kids must pull away from parents and begin to assert their own independence. No wonder they sometimes act as if they think they’re the center of the universe.