Lead Family Mediator, British Columbia
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Elaine’s journey to become a family mediator began in 2008. Enroute to study law, while attending family court one day Elaine discovered a new path more aligned with her nature and values. Pivoting instead to study family mediation at the Justice Institute of B.C., Elaine’s passion to facilitate communication amidst conflict and decision-making processes, began to thrive.
Respecting each individual as an empowered and informed decision-maker, especially while undergoing divorce mediation, are at the heart of what Elaine values most about this collaborative approach. With a strong desire to support her clients more depth fully, Elaine completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 2010. After post-graduate specializations in trauma and family therapies, Elaine built a robust private practice that evolved into a highly successful clinic in Vancouver. As clinical director, Elaine mentored many junior counselling psychologists in the realm of family therapy; while rewarding, the desire to return full circle to the core practice of working directly with clients in divorce mediation called. In 2023 Elaine sold her clinic and joined the Fresh Start team. Elated to serve families amidst the divorce process, Elaine is based in Victoria, B.C., but works with mediation clients throughout B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
When not working with her clients, Elaine loves forest hikes with her dog, sailing, yoga, travel, and building projects with her husband. Feel free to connect with Elaine by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call at 778 995 1888