My name is Barbara Booyens and I live in Durbanville. The majority of my work is generated in the Northern Suburbs and towns in the Cape Winelands. I am willing to travel to assist my clients should the need arise.

My strength and interest have always veered towards more people-centred work and I, therefore, decided to specialise in divorce mediation and parenting plans, as well as mediating for couples who need assistance within their marriage/relationship.

I obtained a BA Degree at UNISA with main subjects Psychology, Criminology, Penology, Sociology and Criminal Law. I obtained certificates in Trauma Debriefing (UNISA), Accredited Mediator (Conflict Dynamics), Divorce Mediation (SA Mediation Academy), and Parenting Plans (SA Mediation Academy).

I have vast experience in dealing with trauma and general life problems while working for Hospice (Counselling Director), Lifeline and Childline (Counselling Manager).  I spent sixteen years consulting for the SA Gambling Foundation, assisting casino management and staff in understanding addictions as well as managing the Gambling Counselling Line.

During my working career I enhanced my knowledge and kept abreast in fields such as upliftment of disadvantaged communities, suicide, relationship counselling, coaching students, mediation and much more, by attending numerous courses, lectures and conferences.

I enjoy recognition from the International Mediation Institute as an IMI Qualified mediator

The fact that I can offer my services in English and Afrikaans has been a great asset throughout my career.

Please refer to my profile on  Linkedin for more information

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About Mediation

The mediator remains totally impartial and does not represent any/either party, but assists parties to reach a settlement without making decisions for them. Mediation is a method preferred by Courts (Brownlee v Brownlee). The process takes 2 - 3 weeks and therefore the collateral costs on both parents and children is much smaller.