Impact Therapy provides the mediator with ways to frame the interaction with creative techniques, that are action and insight oriented 

Adapted for use in mediation and dispute resolution, Impact Therapy provides the mediator with ways to frame the facilitation and to encourage the parties to be active, thinking, seeing and experiencing during each session, speeding up the process by introducing multisensory, motivational, and marketing and maps to the process.

Developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel, mediators can Integrate concepts from Relational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt, Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) and Reality Therapy. Using creative techniques, the approach is action and insight oriented and can be explained in the following 4 M’s:

  • Multisensory: Using multisensory tools activates neurons in the brain which tend to make the mediation more effective, increases meaning attribution and easier recall at a later date. Multisensory tools include, props, butchers paper, chairs, mindfulness and experiential learning exercises.
  • Motivational: Working with the parties to increase their motivation is best achieved by focusing on the balance of desire/aspiration and challenge/fear that gets in the way.
  • Marketing: Creating relevance in our work to what the parties need, often leads to openness to change and an opportunity to do something different rather than a process that is a hassle or a boring experience.
  • Maps: Maps are tools that help mediators enable the parties to get to where they need to go. Along with the use of REBT, TA, Gestalt, RCT and Reality Therapy, the educator using the Impact Therapy approach, uses the following RCFFS therapeutic map and depth chart to guide the discussion.

Do you need help with issue or problem? Our approach helps gain clarity about your goals, resources, options or preferences and then assistance to make ‘clear and deliberate decisions.’


  • Jacobs and Schimmel, 2013: Impact Therapy: The Courage to Counsel.

    Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their situation and relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding and work for going forward for all concerned including children.

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