Mediation and Psdychotherapy: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Article first published online: 2 JUL 2007
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 315–328, October 2003
How to Cite
Gabel, S. (2003), Mediation and Psdychotherapy: Two Sides of the Same Coin?. Negotiation Journal, 19: 315–328. doi: 10.1111/j.1571-9979.2003.tb00791.x
- Issue published online: 2 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JUL 2007
Some mediators believe that mediation and psychotherapy are quite similar, and that when doing mediation, the mediator also is practicing an art form similar to psychotherapy. On face value, some forms of mediation (e.g., evaluative) and some forms of psychotherapy (e.g., psychoanalysis) are so far apart in theoretical conception and in actual practice that they cannot be compared meaningfully. However, the forms of mediation known as “facilitative” and “transformative” and the forms of brief or focused psychotherapy that often involve families or couples do have considerable similarity. Overall, numerous resonances exist between these two approaches to mediation and to couples or family-oriented psychotherapies, especially when differences in terminology, licensure, and training requirements are not allowed to obscure commonalities.