About Michelle

Michelle Hayes, M.S.W., AccFM (OAFM), Director

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Social Work degree from McMaster University.  She is a registered social worker and an accredited family mediator serving Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions. Her private practice provides specialized services related to families impacted by separation and divorce including custody and access assessments, mediation, voice of the child reports, parenting coordination, and therapeutic services for children and families impacted by divorce. She is a panelled member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and a consultant on high conflict custody disputes to child welfare agencies.

Michelle is trained in mediation and arbitration, couple and family therapy, child abuse and mental health, and high conflict families. Michelle also offers adoption services including pregnancy counselling, post-adoption support and reunion counselling..

Michelle is a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences in the area of high conflict separation/divorce, children’s mental health and professional wellness. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, Ontario Association of Social Workers, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. She was a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter, and she is the Past Chair of the Hamilton High Conflict Forum.

Michelle Hayes