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Navigating through conflict is difficult. Rachel helps people to move through conflict and figure out the best way to move forward, through this difficult time, to the next phase of ...
She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York where she Chairs the Ethics Committee and previously chaired the Domestic Violence Task Force was the Editor-In-Chief of that organization’s newsletter, Council News. Rachel is a frequent presenter on Ethics and Domestic Violence at conferences and seminars given by the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, and the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. She was the keynote speaker, in 2002, at the annual conference for the Michigan Association of Court Mediators.
Rachel has also been awarded the achievement of the Advanced Practitioner Level membership in the Academy of Family Mediators, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.
Rachel is a certified mediator by “Safe Horizon’s” Brooklyn Mediation Center, and a certified Arbitrator of Matrimonial Fee Disputes for the Second Judicial District serving Kings County.
She also mediates disputes about allegations of attorney misconduct, referred to her by the Judicial Grievance Committee, Second Department.
Rachel has helped thousands of divorcing and separating couples resolve conflicts concerning all aspects of divorce, including division of homes, time with the children, dividing small businesses, fair distribution of pension assets, child support, division of health and child care expenses for children, tax aspects of divorce, how to bring new girlfriends/boyfriends into children’s lives.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
Especially for couples who have children together - you will always be in each other's lives through the children - going to graduations, weddings, the hospital to celebrate the birth of a grandchild - so mediation is a process which focuses on that reality. In mediation, the goal is for everyone to be OK, moving forward; to honor the years you have spent together, without destroying each other in the process of getting a divorce.
For me, the personal (and financial) costs of having a long, drawn-out resolution have never seemed worth anything at stake in the conflict. When I am in conflict with someone, I go to sleep at night, and wake up in the morning, thinking about the conflict, formulating arguments in my head to "convince" the other person that I am right and he/she is wrong. At base is, I think, the desire to "teach them a lesson."
In reality - you can't, and most of the time won't "teach them a lesson," by continuing the fight, and the psychic costs of continuing the battle are great. To me it has always seemed better for everyone to find a resolution to the conflict, and move forward.
I have also had many years of informal training in psychology, through my own personal experiences in analysis and therapy and attendance at many seminars, and mediation melds the field of psychology and the field of law.