Monica Missaghi-Lakshman BA (Hon), MA, AccFM (OAFM)
Monica completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Political Science at Laurentian University. She went on to receive a Master's Degree in Child & Human Development.
Since then, Monica has worked with children, individuals, couples, and families in various settings and professional capacities. This mix of experience, and the frequently expressed wish she heard from those clients to find a better way to resolve their conflicts, inspired her to study Solution Focused Brief Therapy at the University of Toronto.
In the course of her work with couples, Monica also frequently heard a wish to find a way to separate that was less stressful, less costly, and less confrontational than going through court. This led her to study alternative dispute resolution techniques and family mediation at York University. She completed her mediation internship in Toronto went on to become an accredited member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators.
Monica is now in private practice serving clients within the Greater Toronto area.
Based on the belief of importance of giving back to the community, Monica acts as a volunteer community mediator at the Halton Community Conflict Resource Centre (www.ccrshalton.com), which assists police and other agencies to peacefully resolve conflicts between neighbours.
Based on her further belief that conflict-resolution support should be available to all, Monica is also a member roster of JusticeNet (www.justicenet.ca). This not-for-profit organization connects low- and medium-income clients with lawyers, mediators, and paralegals who charge according to a sliding scale which takes income and number of dependents into account.