Is your family going through a separation?
We are here to help
Our mission is to work with families enabling them to rebuild their lives through the journey of family separation and to empower them to move forward. We achieve this through our Family Dispute Mediation model and our Counselling services.
Our vision is families with healthy communication and respect for all members
Who is Fairhaven?
WA Fairhaven is a not-for-profit service; the vision of such a service was born out of the personal life experience of Dina-Marie Mitchell over 25 years ago. When faced with separation and divorce 25 years ago her situation ended at the Family Court of WA in a custody battle of four innocent children.
Over the last 25 years, her journey as domestic, carer, chaplain, pastoral carer, refuge worker, counsellor, coordinator, group facilitator, Accredited FDRP (with a registration number), manager and professional excellence advisor has been a lengthy but continuous, reflective journey. Through twists and turns, often at times juggling too much, searching for sense in many nonsensical areas of life, her search brought her to meaning and purpose. There were defining moments, learning from mistakes and experiences with movement from submission to aggressive to assertive.
Now Dina Marie’s vision is to stand alongside other parents faced with separation issues. The growing team at WA Fairhaven share this vision and are focused on making a difference.
frequently asked questions
The children are always the primary focus. Mediation is less costly, less stressful and much quicker than going to court. At mediation, you get a chance to discuss your point of view in a safe, neutral and confidential setting. You have the control of the decisions that are affecting you and your children. Parties get the opportunity to work together to better co-parent in the future.
You have someone to listen to you and guide you forward. A place to reflect and make important decisions about your future. We have counsellors available every day.
Before mediation, the confidentiality is set out in a mediation agreement prepared by the mediator and signed by the parties to the mediation at, or prior to the mediation. If the matter is before the court, the Magistrate is not informed of the contents of the mediation. It is also usually unable to be used against a party if the case goes to trial.
No wait time, counsellors available each day We are person centred and have a holistic model. Supportive, non-judgmental, & professional service. You do not need to carry your challenges alone, we are here to walk by your side.
FDR is a specialised mediation process designed specifically to support families facing separation issues.
The process is flexible, less stressful, and cheaper than litigation. It also satisfies all of the requirements of the Family Law Act 1975.
The Act requires separating parents, who have a dispute about parenting arrangements, to discuss issues, look at options and work out how to reach an agreement without going to the Family Court or using legal representation. The process of mediation also reduces the cost involved.
WA Fairhaven provides families the opportunity to reach an agreement in the best interest of the children in both parenting and property matters.
The process guided by a caring, neutral, accredited, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
The Centre is culturally sensitive, providing interpreters and creates a service that embraces cultural differences’ in working with families experiencing difficulties and challenges after family separation.
The service is open to parents, grandparents, children, stepfamilies and any other extended family members. Our professional staff will stand alongside each, respecting their individuality, uniqueness, actively listening to their experience in a non-judgemental way.
We are client centred, integrating Family Dispute Resolution,
Counselling and Educational Groups to Explore, Enable, Encourage, Empower and Educate those affected by the separation.
At WA Fairhaven we offer personal development groups enabling clients to share and learn from each other’s experience. There is power in group work.
We offer men’s, women, children, grandparents and parenting groups. Groups run for 8 to 10 weeks of each school term. The purpose of the group is to enable clients to explore positive transitions. Groups are empowering, enables you to grow and move forward.
To name a few groups that we offer are:
- Men Making Changes
- Feel the fear and do it anyway
- You talk, I listen (Children/teenagers)
- Grief & Loss
- Women Exploring Positive Transitions
- Positive Grandparenting
- Family Patterns
Counselling enables individuals, and couples, to learn to live life fully, to take responsibility, develop understanding and strength to make the best possible choices.
Our counsellors are highly skilled and professionally trained to gently journey alongside you, in the spirit of respect and ‘unconditional positive regard’, empowering and equipping you to take control of your life.
We understand that people seeking counselling are the ‘experts’ of their own lives. Expect to be met with utmost respect and regard, as you courageously share issues that are impacting the quality of your life, relationships or career.
Our counsellors are trained to meet the needs of each unique individual who may seek support with
- Anger Management
- Building Self Esteem
- Domestic Violence
- Grief and Loss
- Positive Communication
- Relationship enrichment – Marriage and Couples
- Relationship recovery – Marriage and Couples
- Substance Abuse
- Sexual Abuse Recovery
- Troubled Teens
We bring hope and certainty. We celebrate individuality, people’s rights to have a voice and the creativity to make informed choices.
Keep an eye out for our new service, coming soon.
a call back
Whatever types of questions you’ll have, feel free to get in touch with us!