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  • Going to Mediation with “Almost” Everything Agreed To


    People often call to say that they need mediation for a marital separation, and have agreed to “almost” everything.  They expect that shortcuts should be made to the process to meet their needs and to further reduce costs, usually wanting to forgo the individual intake sessions. However, there is a standard process in separation mediation […]

  • SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder

      Many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) around this time of year. What exactly is SAD?According to the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs because “Sunlight enters the brain through the eyes, stimulating the production of a neurotransmitter serotonin that supports nerve cell functioning, including mood. Less light results in lower serotonin levels. Darkness […]

  • 4 Ways to Save $ When Separating

    Separation and Divorce can be a lot like Vegas! You can spend a fortune with the hopes that you’ll win, or make some good decisions and know when less is more. Here are a few ways to keep those assets in the bank. Financial Know How: You will need to produce your financial information in […]

  • Couple Counselling?

    Have you stopped communicating or is your communication angry and bitter?  Couples have stopped adequately communicating by the time they come to see our counsellors at PCCS Mediators & Counsellors. They have many unresolved issues that lead to arguments and increased resentment. Most often, each person feels that the other doesn’t care about them anymore. […]

  • Stress Management Tips

    Every day we find ourselves in situations that cause stress. Some days are better than others. Although controlled stress can be good, especially as we work towards our choices in life, uncontrolled chronic stress can be damaging to our wellbeing. Stress can be more damaging when we go through challenging times such as the loss […]

  • Common Law vs. Marriage: Is There Really a Difference?

    Common Law Vs. Marriage… When it comes to common law relationships, there are some important differences you need to be aware of. Here are three: Property Division Issues: these rules are different from married couples. Living together or co-habitating in a marriage- like relationship is often referred to as living “common-law”.  To separate as a […]

  • Family Business Mediation

    Family Businesses call us for our mediation, coaching or facilitation services because it can be very difficult to manage a business with family members.  There are relationship conflicts, communication issues, grudges and resentment, an underlying wish to be doing something else, high expectations, favouritism, productivity issues, and succession planning to do.  Family relationships are embedded […]

  • Mary Lou Di Paolo Joins PCCS

    Mary Lou Di Paolo comes to PCCS with solid training and experience as an accredited mediator and certified coach. Certified Professional Coach and Wellness Inventory Coach, Family and Workplace Mediator, and Educator/Trainer, Mary Lou brings much expertise to PCCS clients.  With over 25 years experience in public, private and non-profit organizations throughout the world, she delivers superior services […]

  • Elder Mediation

    Growing up, our parents are the ones we turn to for advice on seemingly any issue. Believe it or not Millennia’s and Gen Y, before Google, if you had a problem, it always seemed like Mom and Dad had the answer.  However, as our parents’ age, much changes.  They no longer have all the answers […]

  • The Spirit of the Games

    Eighteen days have come and gone and just like that the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are over. Although it began clouded with controversy, doubt over unfinished facilities, and worries about security, the Sochi Olympics once again reminded us about the true spirit of the Games, and how optimism and hard work can make a world […]