Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


I have several hundred of hours of study of Nonviolent Communication through Capital NVC trainers, the Parent Peer Leadership Program and the North American Leadership Program.   In 2011, I started offering workshops in the DC area through Capital NVC and continue expanding my practice and offers.

Check out the Calendar of Events for upcoming workshops and series.

You can also contact me at 202-257-3376 or to book your own group or individual training.

I currently offer:

  • Introductory level workshops (3 h or twice 90 min)
  • NVC Foundation I & II Series (twice 4 weeks)
  • Parenting with NVC Series (8 weeks)
  • Individual NVC training and mentorship

A Note About Nonviolent Communication, or NVC

Nonviolent* Communication (NVC), is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. in the sixties and has been used around the world to mediate conflicts, nurture relationships, and promote peace. Admittedly, many other authors before him talked and wrote about the same thing: the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion, and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) holds that most conflicts between individuals or groups arise from miscommunication about their human needs, due to coercive or manipulative language that aims to induce fear, guilt,shame, etc. These “violent” modes of communication, when used during a conflict, divert the attention of the participants away from clarifying their needs, their feelings, their perceptions, and their requests, thus perpetuating the conflict. The aim of Nonviolent Communication is then to steer the conversation back towards the needs, feelings, and perceptions, until the discovery of strategies that allow everyone’s needs to be met. The reasoning is that from a position of mutual understanding and empathy, the participants will be able to find ways to meet their needs without compromising their opponent’s. This aspect distinguishes NVC from zero-sum conflict resolutions approaches, such as negotiation or compromise.

“NVC gives us the tools and consciousness to understand what triggers us, to take responsibility for our reactions, and to deepen our connection with ourselves and others, thereby transforming our habitual responses to life. Ultimately, it involves a radical change in how we think about life and meaning. NVC is based on a fundamental principle: Underlying all human actions are needs that people are seeking to meet, and understanding and acknowledging these needs can create a shared basis for connection, cooperation, and more globally – peace. ” – BayNVC,

NVC As Referred by Authors

“Marshall Rosenberg’s dynamic communication techniques transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues. You’ll learn simple tools to defuse arguments and create compassionate connections with your family, friends, and other acquaintances.”
– John Gray, Ph.D., author, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

“I believe the principles and techniques in Nonviolent Communication can literally change the world, but more importantly, they can change the quality of your life with your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers and everyone else you interact with. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
– Jack Canfield, author, Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

“Marshall Rosenberg provides us with the most effective tools to foster health and relationships. Nonviolent Communication connects soul to soul, creating a lot of healing. It is the missing element in what we do.”
– Deepak Chopra, author, How to Know God and Ageless Body and Timeless Mind

“Dr. Rosenberg has brought the simplicity of successful communication into the foreground. No matter what issue you’re facing, his strategies for communicating with others will set you up to win every time.”
– Anthony Robbins, author, Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

“Speak Peace is a book that comes at an appropriate time when anger and violence dominates human attitudes. Marshall Rosenberg gives us the means to create peace through our speech and communication. A brilliant book.”
– Arun Gandhi, president, MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

“As far as nonviolence and spiritual activism, Marshall Rosenberg is it! Applying the concepts within these books will guide the reader towards a fostering more compassion in the world.”
– Marianne Williamson, author, Everyday Grace and honorary chairperson, Peace Alliance

“Nonviolent Communication is a simple yet powerful methodology for communicating in a way that meets both parties’ needs. This is one of the most useful books you will ever read.”
– William Ury, co-author, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

To read more about NVC, visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication at

*The word ‘Nonviolence’ comes from ‘Ahimsa’, a sanskrit word meaning ‘to do not harm’ or also ‘the overflowing love that arises when all ill-will, anger, and hate have subsided from the heart’. Ghandi was a an inspiration for the NVC model.

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