Dr Mike Talbot

Mike is an experienced mediator, trainer, lecturer, author and mediation consultant.

When I started UK Mediation back in 1999 the last thing I wanted to do was to replicate what everyone else was doing. Having been a psychotherapist for quite a while, I thought, ‘Well, why not use what I already know to get under the skin of conflict, and to look at resolving it from the inside out?’ So now I’ve got arguably the biggest and most successful mediation company around, and the idea seems to have worked!

The thing is that we struggle to negotiate our way through conflict because we’re so angry, afraid, hurt, or impatient that we find it hard not to let emotion get in the way of reason. Communication breaks down, and we get so wrapped up in an interpersonal struggle that we can scarcely remember how the argument got started in the first place. By understanding these conflict processes far better, we can start to resolve all sorts of disputes much more effectively.

My curiosity about the psychology of conflict has led to a whole load of services and training courses that you won’t find anywhere else. My life’s work has been in understanding where conflict comes from, and how we can get better at resolving it, and UK Mediation is my way of making these ideas, services, and courses available for you to use.

“As a mediator I provide a safe, confidential, and neutral environment in which everyone can start to build better dialogue.”Dr. Mike Talbot, Founder and CEO, UK Mediation
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Dispute resolution

Mike’s unique approach to the resolution of conflict has led to him being in high demand as a practising mediator. His mediation work includes resolving disputes involving workplace, interpersonal, family, financial, or business-related matters, and addressing conflict within teams and groups.


Working with the team at UK Mediation Ltd, Mike has developed an innovative suite of training programmes based around his unique psychotherapeutic approach to conflict resolution. Bucking the trend for treating mediation as a quasi-legal process, Mike wants trainees to gain a thorough understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours when we get into conflict.

Mediation Case Supervision & Practice Consultancy

Mike is highly qualified and experienced as a clinical supervisor, and is uniquely placed to offer expert case supervision and practice consultancy for practising mediators. He runs a series of regular supervision groups and offers one-to-one case supervision to mediators at all stages of their professional development.

Organisational Development

Every organisation experiences conflict from time to time, and sometimes needs additional support to help resolve it. Mike has worked with organisations from charities to FTSE 100 companies, from manufacturing to finance, both in the UK and worldwide, applying his unique psychotherapeutic approach to lasting conflict resolution.

Speaking, conferences and press

Mike is available to speak at your conference, seminar, training event or away-day. He also regularly contributes to journals, magazines, trade and popular press, and radio & TV, as an expert on mediation in general, and on psychological aspects of conflict in particular.

Enquiries should be directed to his PA, Becky Stafford, at becky@ukmediation.net, or by calling Becky on 0800 772 0778.

More about Mike’s public speaking

Just some of the events Mike has spoken at:

Just some of the events Mike has spoken at
About us

Founded in 1999 by Dr Mike Talbot, UK Mediation is the leading mediation services and training provider in the UK. Discover more our approach to conflict resolution, our accreditations, history and what we have to offer.

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Mediation training

Available as either a bespoke in-house course delivered on your premises or via one of our scheduled public courses, our mediation training is accredited, professional and used by some of the UK biggest organisations.

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Mediation services

Mediation is about choosing to resolve a dispute without the need for courts or tribunals, judges or arbitrators. Our team of experiences mediators can work with you or your organisation to resolve even the most entrenched conflicts.

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