My day job is spreading compassion. Night job too.
I’m curious and direct, and I combine this with a compassionate lens that helps guide healing and growth. I notice that when my clients engage in radically different role plays with me, they’re able to see possibilities they’ve never seen before, and gain the confidence to be more real in their own relationships.
I'm human. I'm imperfect. It's okay to be yourself around me. I welcome your anger, despair, fears, confusion, and joy all the same. I've climbed out of tough spots in life.
It's been a long road including one meaningful career change. Receiving one degree in Organizational Communication and then a graduate degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, it took me a decade to realize it wasn't the most fitting way to give my whole heart. While my skills were of great service there, I longed to facilitate more direct and authentically compassionate dialogue. The customer-service industry also allowed me to witness up-close the vast inequities of the world where I mostly witnessed individuals of color serving white, rich folks. This inspired a graduate degree in Social Work which is now underway.
As a long-time student of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), currently a registered certified-trainer candidate, I work with individuals, couples, and organizations to deepen their capacity to weed through the language of disconnection and discover the beauty and power of their shared human values. I support my clients in strengthening their ability to honestly express their joy and pain alike.
I serve as the Resource Counselor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, educator of social-emotional learning and communication skills for graduate students, and consultant for work communities to shift from a culture of power-over to a culture of power-with.
My approach has tenderness & curiosity accompanied in each moment.
I do not diagnose mental health disorders, provide medical prescriptions, or replace your primary physician or psychologist. I help individuals learn to hear their own deeper needs and those of others. I help shift one's focus onto clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed, rather than on interpreting what should or shouldn't be happening.
I've spent countless hours with young people aged 12-19 teaching relational, communication, and self-management skills. Having completed the yearlong Parent Leadership Program in 2016, I further discovered and practiced the rich strategies of compassionate communication as a parent.
I received certification as a Crisis Counselor from the Alachua County Crisis Center. I completed Mental Health First Aid for youth from Mental Health First Aid USA delivered by Meridian Behavioral Healthcare.
Personal delights include string music, mother nature, warm herbal tea, movement and play. I am currently learning new dances as well as acro-yoga! I am committed to embodying love through roles of attuned partner and loving father to an eight year old boy. When I love, I love big.
An abbreviated list of study that informs my work
Nonviolent Communication - NVC’s mission is to contribute to more sustainable, compassionate, and “life-serving” human relations in the realms of personal change, interpersonal relationship and in social systems. www.cnvc.org
Landmark Education - The Landmark Forum is grounded in a model of transformative learning—a way of learning that gives people an awareness of the basic structures in which they know, think, and act. From that awareness comes a fundamental shift that leaves people more fully in accord with their own possibilities and those of others. This work brings a fundamental shift in what’s possible in people's lives. www.landmarkeducation.com
Avatar - The mission of Avatar® in the world is to catalyze the integration of belief systems. When we perceive that the main difference between us is our beliefs and that beliefs can be created or discreated with ease, the right and wrong game will wind down, a co-create game will unfold, and world peace will ensue. www.avatarepc.com
Satvatove Institute - Personal transformation through empowered communication, courageous introspection and purposeful action. www.satvatove.com
LovEd (formerly DEFL) - LovEd empowers singles and couples to cultivate fulfilling relationships and make smart choices in love. www.berelationshipready.com
Shameless Heart - Shameless Heart Coaching is about welcoming the dark places, the shadows, the wounded-places-in-hiding in each of us, and finding the glimmering jewels therein. Shameless Heart teaches that when the fullness and messiness of our imperfect humanity are savored, and when we can reclaim our right to love ... without pecking orders, without permission slips, without perfection ... then our raw and simple hearts get to live wide open. www.shamelessheart.com