Karen Patterson has spent over 25 years helping people navigate stressful situations and difficult experiences. She is passionate about helping people find ways to manage conflict.

Karen Patterson, BA, AccFM, CPMed, is an Accredited Family Mediator and has been working in the Human Services industry for over 30 years. Much of her work has been supporting families and individuals who are dealing with crises in their lives. She is passionate about the work that she does and is able to bring a sense of calm and reasonableness during times of intense tension. Karen provides court-based mediation services in the Nipissing District and has been responsible for bringing closure anda new level of cooperation to over 400 separating families since 2011. Karen is a soon-to-be empty nester who lives in the beautiful District of Muskoka with her husband, children, and her feisty dog.

Karen Patterson BA, AccFM, CPMed

BA – McMaster University

AccFM – Ontario Association for Family Mediation

CPMed – Child Protection Mediator

CCP – Certified Coach Practitioner with the CertifiedCoaches Federation

AAMFT  - American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 



'Karen Patterson provided a safe and neutral environment for us to negotiate in. We were able to voice our opinions and state our worries without fear of backlash.She knew when to let us talk and when to interject with a different perspective on the matter. She made sure that all were heard and no one's voice was left out.We find ourselves incredibly grateful for the service she provided and feeling of relief that it left us with. Karen Patterson is both professional and understanding and we absolutely recommend her.'

'My husband and I were planning a family-related adoption.  We wanted to have an openness agreement, so that all members of the family understood their roles in this baby's life.  And, most especially, we wanted things to remain harmonious with all family members involved.

Karen met with my husband and myself and then with the other couple.  Then we all met together, and had an opportunity to share our feelings and concerns in a safe and supportive environment.  I know we all felt nervous meeting together, but afterwards, we all felt such peace of mind.  Each of the four of us commented that the process was wonderful....that we felt Karen did an excellent job of listening and understanding where and when to intervene to facilitate good communication.  And to ensure that each person's thoughts and views were properly heard. 

I would recommend Karen to anyone who is in need of this type of service.  I believe that her work with us in making this agreement has made this entire process much easier and less stressful.  Prior to attending the mediation meeting, we hoped things would go well.  We had no idea that it would surpass our expectations and go so much better than we even could have hoped for.'

Thanks Karen!




E  karen@muskokafamilyworks.com    

P  705-571-0029

55 Main St. W, Huntsville ON P1H 1W9

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