Breathing Space Mediation came into being as Sara began to explore the fusion of her therapeutic skills with her legal knowledge and background.

The journey has led to the development of a Breathing Space Mediation where experienced expert mediators can help you to resolve the untangling of a past relationship enabling you to create something new and different in the future.

The dandelion logo represents the ending of the old and the beginning of something new. We believe strongly that mediation can be the catalyst for positive change.  Breathing Space Mediation is a space in which people have a chance to pause. To explore how they can create something different for themselves and their family as they move through and beyond the separation process.

Sara`s core life values are creativity, kindness, compassion and mindfulness. These values are woven into the fabric of Breathing Space Mediation. They guide how we choose the people we collaborate with and how we approach every aspect of the services we offer. We offer our services to people in Peterborough and London.

So, we hope you feel that you know a little more about us but if you would like to know more about the business do not hesitate to contact us. Below is a little about who works with us as part of our team of experts.


Is the owner and founder of Breathing Space Mediation.

She is a Trained Mediator who has had the honour of a varied and eclectic people-centred career. She has a tremendous amount of experience that now sits behind her as a Mediator. She trained with the Family Mediation Association (FMA) and is a member of the FMA management board. She is professionally supervised by Neil Robinson a very experienced Mediator and a fellow member of the FMA board. She is also member of the Family Mediation Council.

Prior to this role, she worked as a Child and Family Solicitor for nearly 20 years. Dealing with all forms of complex children and financial matters. Sara was on the Law Society Child and Family expert panels as a recognised expert in divorce and family law.

Sara has been a Trustee of a multi-academy educational trust and advisor to the board of the Mindfulness Association.

She spent over a decade working directly with young people and adults in a mentoring, coaching and therapeutic capacity. A trained Mindfulness teacher, ACT Therapist and Life Coach. She continues to be a member of the Mindfulness Association and the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science.

When you choose to work with Breathing Space Mediation Sara would really like you to feel that you are in safe, caring and experienced hands.

William Hogg

Has spent a lifetime working in the family justice system. He is an experienced collaborative Family Lawyer and accredited Family Mediator. A member of Resolution, The Family Mediation Association and the Family Mediation Council. He was a member of Resolution`s DR committee for many years and a past chair of Law Net. He is a member of Resolutions collaborative law working party and the European Collaborative Network. He has a wealth of knowledge dealing with complex financial and children matters and has worked both locally and with some of the top London Family Practices. He brings a huge amount of experience to the Mediation team. He creates a safe environment where complex matters can be untangled. He is known for his ability to safely manage high conflict cases. He has trained dispute resolution practitioners both in England and internationally. He has presented extensively on the benefits of alternative ways of resolving family disputes outside of the court process. He is trained to see children in the mediation process and heads our Mediation Child Inclusive Team. Helping to ensure that the voice of the child is heard in mediation.

Deborah Shaer

Is an expert in working therapeutically with children and teenagers. She has over six years of experience working in inner London schools with young people with complex and challenging needs.

She graduated from the Institute of Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE) in 2015 with a diploma. She is an accredited member of UKCP. After her diploma, Deborah did her MA in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy. She trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE). She is fully insured and as a professional therapist is supported by a clinical supervisor.

She works with children and adolescents aged 5-21 years. Her work is integrative, and the sessions focus on the needs of the child or adolescent. This could include the use of arts, play, psycho-education and CBT. The therapeutic space allows the young person to express themselves in a way that works best. The illustrated books in the room relate to their issues, as well as miniature symbolic toys. These symbols create stories through which to work through difficult emotions. Deborah has many years of experience of meditation and will if appropriate bring that into the work that she does.

Deborah has a private practice space in London at 2a Prebend Street, Islington, London N1 8PT (closest tube: The Angel). Please visit our contact page for her direct contact details or for further information take a look at her website at http://www.plastikprizm.co.uk

Simon Shattock

Simon is an extremely caring and considered therapist. He has over 20 years’ experience working in social care and mental health settings with both children and adults and worked for many years in the NHS in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. He has a collaborative and sensitive approach to working with clients and works within a systemic framework which means he takes into account the different contexts in which people live. Simon currently works as the Lead Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in an inpatient adolescent unit and Senior Lecture at the Institute of family therapy.

Simon has expertise in working with children and adolescents with anxiety and depression. He also has significant clinical experience in working with children who have experienced self-harm, eating disorders, conduct disorders, bereavement, trauma and interpersonal issues. He works with children with families coping with the adjustment of divorce and separation and has experience working across different cultures and religion. Simon has undertaken research at the Tavistock Centre in separated fathers.

Simon has a private practice in Wimpole Street, Euston and in North London.

Professional qualifications

Following a BA degree in Social Work in 2001 Simon obtained a Postgraduate Certificaton in Child Focused Practice at the Institute of Family Therapy, London he also obtained a Post graduate Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory, Tavistock Centre, London. In 2009 he gained a Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre, London. In addition to his studies he has worked within NHS Trusts within London and Hertfordshire since 1998 within Child and Adolescent services. He currently also works as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (CAMHS), at the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Simon has further training in CBT from UCL and is a qualified systemic supervisor. Simon can be contacted directly on 07881 788711 or by email simonjshattock@hotmail.com

Relate Cambridge

Relate Cambridge has over 30 experienced and highly trained counsellors who work with individuals, couples, children, young people and families.

Relate counselling is a private and confidential form of help; known nationwide for their couples work Relate also provide counselling for individuals following the breakdown of a family relationship. So, you do not have to be married or civil partnered to use their services.

They operate in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Stamford, Fenland, Wisbech and Newmarket.

Their services include:

  • Individual Counselling following separation
  • Family Counselling
  • Children and young person counselling
  • Relate4Parents
  • Sex therapy
  • Sex addiction therapy

In order to book an initial consultation with one of their counsellors please ring on 01302 347866 or contact them by email on admin@relatecambridge.org.uk


Here at Breathing Space we are committed to looking after your data as if it were our own and we are compliant with the new GDPR that came into effect on the 25th May 2018.

Why do we collect your personal data?

 We collect and use your personal data to support your ongoing relationship with us. Helping us to make appointments and arrange mediation and therapeutic session.

How do we collect your personal data?

We collect your data when you book an appointment or complete an online form and when you visit us for a Mediation, MIAM or emotional support session. We will do our best to take care of your data so as to protect your privacy by following our privacy policy you can take a look at the policy by clicking here.

We don’t share your personal data with third parties

Your personal data will be used by Breathing Space, solely for the purposes of supporting your engagement with us.

We will protect your personal data

 Your personal data is securely stored on databases hosted by data protection compliant service providers and we will follow information security guidelines to keep your personal data safe.

Your rights in relation to your personal data

The new law gives you certain rights in relation to your personal data, in particular a right to a copy of your personal data and a right to have your personal data deleted. You can exercise these rights at any time by contacting sara@breathingspace.company

Staying in touch

We hope that you will allow us to stay in touch with you. But, if you no longer wish to hear from us, then simply letting us know by emailing sara@breathingspace.company

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