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For over 20 years Gerard has been working in a variety of roles with individuals experiencing conflict. Gerard’s practice has included working with family dynamics, employment relationships, injury issues, building maintenance and property disputes, outstanding debt, intense emotions, anger management, communication frustrations.
Since 2006 Gerard has conducted more than 1500 mediations. For 5 years he mediated on an almost daily basis and now focuses on a specialist private practice, including being a contractor to Family Works, Presbyterian Support Northern for government funded family mediation.
Gerard is an experienced Psychologist, registered since 1995, with particular skills in working with anxiety, depression, and addictions (especially gambling, and alcohol and drug issues). Gerard also has experience as an employee assistance counsellor (addressing mainly workplace issues) and in providing professional supervision to staff at Accident Compensation Corporation and the Department of Corrections. Prior to registering as a Psychologist Gerard trained and worked in the area of intellectual disability.
Gerard is on the LEADR Advanced Panel of Mediators and LEADR’s Register of Professional Supervisors, accredited as a NZ Family Dispute Resolution Provider, accredited to the Australian National Mediation Standard, has attained certification at the International Mediation Institute, and has completed the Divorce Mediation Training Programme at Erickson Mediation Institute, Minneapolis, USA. Gerard is also a LEADR coach and has provided coaching/assessment to participants on the LEADR 5 day courses since 2009.
Gerard’s approach to mediation is facilitative, placing great importance on participants/parties’ self-determination and capacity for a better future. Gerard’s strengths include the patience to listen, accept and not judge; friendly respectful manner; and handling disruptive behaviour in a positive way. Participants in Gerard’s mediations have described him as being detailed and thorough, considerate, calm and fair.
Gerard shares the child care responsibilities of his two daughters by working part time. This enables him to spend quality time with them and achieve greater work-home life balance. The “stay-at-home dad” experience enhances Gerard’s appreciation of the value of putting children first, a key goal of family mediation.