During their separation services, the two spouses collaborate on finding workable solutions for their family and see what it feels like to be co-parents for the first time.

What is Family Mediation?

As a mediator, I will help you define and plan for your new roles as co-parents. Finding ways to blend, or create partitions to delineate between your vision and that of your spouse will be our challenge as the parenting plan is discussed. 

This plan will address both parenting time and how to make decisions for your kids both together. By the time we are finished, comprehensive discussions on child and spousal support arrangements, as well as an in-depth exploration of how to settle all property issues will have taken place.

During the process I will work hard to ensure that both of you get continual and relevant guidance. I’m committed to helping you and your spouse find peace of mind and security for your family.

If you’re reading this page, chances are that someone – maybe your lawyer, friend, or family member – has recommended mediation to guide you through this difficult transition. 


In my divorce mediation sessions I will seek to balance diverging needs for free speech and a safe space. I accomplish this by receiving what each participant cares about without judgement and by normalizing emotional statements, or strong opinions into relatable requests for change.

It can be challenging to ask for help when we need it most, but few people are well prepared to deal with relationship breakdown

During your free consultation, we can speak about your current situation and your goals to determine if my approach to mediation will help you and your spouse find the perspective and hidden resources to overcome impasse.. 

Rather than wait for a judge to review the facts of your case and reach a final decision for you, my approach to mediation empowers couples to find or enhance their collaborative mindset and reach mutually beneficial agreements on their own terms.

Family mediation services at Aligned Choices. Richard offers his compassion to comfort a client who is crying, her spouse is close by and looks at her with care.

You can start the family mediation process even if you have not yet spoken with a family lawyer.

Relationship Repair Mediation

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Insight Approach

Seemingly unresolvable conflicts can be reconfigured with the guidance from a family mediator experienced in deepening conversations. The methods I use help create a learning environment where uncomfortable truths can be felt, expressed, and released.

This conversation is possible if you and your spouse, or the family member you’re in conflict with, are open to discussing the possibility of releasing the impasse. This service is for you if:

  • You and your spouse do not want to separate and are actively looking for ways to stay together  
  • Your family has experienced a protracted estrangement with a member, and you all want to explore ways to end the impasse that caused the separation, or ​
  • You are a parent or teen who is experiencing the relational strains which come from a need for independence, or maintaining safe limits

With guided self-inquiry, you will learn what you need to know to build your own unique resilience. The goal is to balance your need for individual recognition with the need for connection. 

Conversations with loved ones can get less difficult or even more peaceful over time… I can show you how. 

With perseverance, people do come to terms with the past in the present, and begin to hear each other again.

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for Wellness

If you are interested in understanding and changing your habitual patterns of thought and communication, my wife Natalya, who is a professional writing and life coach, specializes in using reflective writing as a tool for personal transformation.

She can help you create a customized reflective writing practice so you can

  • gain insight into your life and the choices you’re facing
  • discover your strengths and values as well as your unhelpful beliefs
  • learn how to address any obstacle that separates you from the life you want to be living

You can download free resources, read more about her services, and check out her book 7 Minutes to Freedom: Simple Writing Meditations to Liberate Your Writing and Your Life here. The initial call is always free.

Richard is a calm and empathetic mediator. He is truly able to see many perspectives and bring multiple sides closer in an efficient and respectful way. Highly recommended!


Richard is a good listener. He’s also thoughtful, insightful, level-headed, warm, fair, and compassionate – all qualities useful in tending to people in times of difficulty. The bonus is his sense of humor. Richard can see the lighter side of most situations, even tough ones, and that’s a gift.


Richard Brydson’s mediation skills are second to none. His understanding and empathy were immensely reassuring. I highly recommend him.


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