Local NVC Trainer and NVC Practitioners
The trainers listed below have devoted a significant amount of time and energy to acquire the tools and practice necessary to facilitate and share Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication with others. They are passionate about the amazing transformational potential of NVC and other related practices and would enjoy the opportunity to bring NVC to your group.
As a life long teacher and peace advocate, I cherish the opportunity to share Compassionate Communication with others as I see it as empowering each of us to “be the change we wish to see” for a peaceful world. I feel hopeful when thinking how these tools contribute to harmony, collaboration and connection in all my relationships. My special desire is for children to be connected to the beauty and power that is within them. That's why I'm passionate about supporting parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers. I’d like us to move from the “power-over” strategies to “power-with” where everyone’s needs are valued and we see the tremendous power and joy involved in enriching life cooperatively. When I meet so many people wanting to use their power in this way, I have great hope.
I practiced as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician from 1990-1998. I became interested in contributing to peace and justice in the world while staying home to raise a child. I attended several NVC workshops and have become passionate about using and sharing NVC with others. I love seeing people have those "aha!" moments, when they connect to the need underlying their feelings and judgments and understand that their needs matter. I started sharing NVC in 2010. I became a Certified Professional Coach in Coaching for Transformation in 2012, and in 2014 I deepened my facilitation skills through the Changemakers program.
I have spent the past 20 years in a corporate environment and with my background in science and a deep curiosity for people I appreciate sharing compassionate communication in different types of settings, including the corporate world. I originally come from Sweden and have lived in many different countries and I am curious and fascinated by cultural differences and the intricacies of communication. Throughout the past eight years, I have extensively explored non-violent communication (NVC) and in addition, I am a trained facilitator for Emerging Women’s Power Circles and the practice called Authentic Relating games. In addition I teach the course Mindful Communication Practices at Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
I am very curious and passionate about how we can bring compassionate communication out to our community in environments where we often do not take the time or space to focus on these types of practices.
As a licensed chemical dependency counselor, teaching clients and their families NVC skills is a foundational component of my practice. In addition to counseling, I have a practice of spiritual coaching which uses many NVC skills. Another passion is helping couples develop deeper connection. Michael Winters (the man to whom I am married) and I lead workshops on couples communication.
My 30+ years resolving disputes in the construction industry kindled my passion for conflict resolution. I now practice mediation full time, focusing on family, relationship, and organizational conflict. NVC is integral to how I help people resolve conflict. NVC has transformed my personal and professional relationships and helped me connect with the divine, life energy in myself and others. I have chosen teaching and facilitating NVC practice to more effectively integrate NVC into my way of being.
CNVC Certification Candidate
My approach to nonviolent communication is based on embodying the whole of nonviolent consciousness including OFNR, body language, thinking and strategies of power. My studies of the Great Books both East and West have supported the belief system that we are all interdependent which is the same belief system that nonviolent practitioners assume. It was natural for me to connect with Marshall’s work and NVC and further explore the foundations of NVC. I facilitate a group every Sunday night in downtown Houston, one every Monday night in the League City area and one in South Houston every Tuesday night. I also facilitate workshops, conflict resolution and coaching. I aim to bring social change by facilitating learning for leaders, boards and trainers. I am particularly interested in the spiritual connection that NVC fosters. I have seen this practice work in collaborations from personal, interpersonal and workplace settings to politically charged relationships. In all instances, staying connected with the heart brought enriching outcomes.
I discovered NVC through reading Marshall Rosenberg’s book “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” about 12 years ago. Being introduced to perspectives such as universal needs, shared by all, and expressing feelings and needs openly and authentically without blame or judgment was really transformative for me! Through studying NVC for the past 10 years in workshops, retreats, and year-long programs I have come to see this practice as more of a spiritual pathway; as a consciousness of our interdependence rather than as a way to communicate. My relationships with others and with myself have improved. As a mediator and youth mentor, I have experienced the value of listening empathically with an awareness of needs. I have also studied Restorative Circles, a community conflict resolution process in harmony with the principles and practices of NVC. My interests in mediation, conflict transformation and Restorative Justice are the motivation for my wanting to share NVC with others. I enjoy facilitating Restorative Justice circles in schools, and have optimism for the future when educators and young people are introduced to these powerful principles.
I was incredibly excited when I initially learned about NVC because Marshall’s ideas resonated so deeply with my own longing for a peaceful world – one steeped in connection, community, choice, respect, and harmony. However, it wasn’t until over a decade later that I really actively started practicing in my own life and became interested in sharing it with others. After spending 15 years doing cancer research, I left science in 2012 to become a life coach full-time. It was through my coach training program that my passion for NVC was reignited, and it has become an integral part of my private coaching practice as well as in my life. I am especially grateful to have NVC as a tool in my role as a parent and enjoy helping other parents apply the principles through teaching parenting classes and workshops.
Having traveled and lived in over 5 continents, I relish a variety of perspectives and cultures. Trained as an evolutionary ecologist, I have seen my passion for scientific inquiry meld with other creative approaches that help me better understand the world around us. As an ardent learner, I use my formal training and experiences in science, teaching and mindfulness practice to enrich learning spaces in the private and public sectors. Present to my own personal growth, I am an NVC practitioner, a 3-Doors graduate (Ligmincha International), and a joyful member of Houston Playback Theater.
Alongside friends and teachers, my family is a great source of strength, support and life-education. I deepen my learning when supporting individuals, groups and organizations through workshops and coaching. I believe we have more resilience, self-responsibility and compassion to embark on this interdependent journey when we cultivate our natural willingness to respond to needs for care, mattering and growth.
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