Qualified and Experienced Mediation

Karyn Chalk,  AMINZ Associate Member
Karyn Chalk, AMINZ Associate Member
Karyn Chalk qualified and experienced mediator
Karyn Chalk qualified and experienced mediator

Karyn Chalk is a qualified and experienced mediator.

Karyn’s true strength as a mediator lies in relationship reconciliation. She has 25 years’ experience in life coaching, which includes being a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a certified Havening Techniques Practitioner.  She also holds Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution. Alongside this, she has extensive communication training which is utilised to help people understand their personalities, values and responses to situations. 

Being in conflict can be a daunting and anxiety provoking experience for many people.  The survival part of the brain (Amygdala) can go into “fight/flight” mode creating a sense of hypervigilance and sensitivity.  Often health and wellbeing gets impacted through worry and stress.  As a consequence, people can become emotionally flooded or shut down when communicating with the other person. The truth is then not spoken, it’s hard to hear what the other person is saying and options for resolution can be decreased. 

Karyn’s style of mediation has been described as easy going, observant, educative and pragmatic.  She understands what happens in the brain when conflict occurs and uses education to normalise these reactions and teaches calming strategies to help create a safe and results-based resolution environment. 

Examples of mediation experience and expertise include: 

  • Parents and teenagers.  Karyn has mediated many situations where relationship breakdown has occurred in families. It is completely normal as a parent to be worried and scared about risky behaviours your teenagers are engaging in. In 2015 Karyn wrote a book called “Responding to Tricky Teens” based on how she changed her own parenting style to improve her family dynamics. This resource provides useful education and hindsight to parents in these situations. Karyn holds a Diploma of Teaching, which she has used to set up and manage two alternative education programmes in high schools. Karyn worked for 7 Department of Corrections, running rehabilitation programmes for at risk individuals. This combination provides her with the ability to engage with all family members, understand their perspectives and proactively assist in creating a sustainable resolution.


  • Workplace breakdown. Relationship breakdown between 2 parties in a workplace can impact the whole organisation, including reduction in productivity, increases in sick leave and impacts on employee’s health and wellbeing. As a qualified and experienced mediator, Karyn has extensive experience in corporate and government organisations which helps her understand relationship complexities in a workplace.


  • Marriage/relationships.  Karyn has extensive experience and training in communication and relationships.  This includes completing John Gottman relationship training to become a Transforming Communication Instructor. Her mediation experience includes helping to create workable custody agreements, as well as increased relationship understanding and values.


Karyn is a qualified mediator and has Associate accreditation with Arbitrators Meditators Institute New Zealand  (AMINZ)