This article addresses some of the reasons for private sessions and shuttle in mediation and conciliation. As mediators frequently use either or both processes the reasons for the intervention are highlighted, together with some of the pitfalls in their use. While opinions about the use of private session and shuttle may differ from one mediator to another, or between models of mediation and conciliation, it is important to generate some general understanding of the practice and its purpose. The following is intended as a trigger for reflection on our practice. From such a reflection mediators can perhaps make better use of private sessions or shuttle as powerful interventions in their mediation and conciliation work.