Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is an approach originated by Dr Marshall Rosenberg - in the video below Marshall introduces the basic concepts.  

NVC is about listening to our own needs and the needs of others. Through this depth listening to ourselves as well as others we can discover the posssibility for compassion and understanding. 

Through the practice of NVC, we are more able to be aware of what we are observing, the emotions we are feeling and the values we wish to live by. Through this process we can better understanding how blame, judgment and habitual ways of thinking and speaking that communicates in terms of what is “right“ and “wrong“ with others can hinder communication and create misunderstanding, frustration and pain for ourselves and others. Through discovering alternatives and learning new ways of expressing ourselves and empathically hearing others, we can support building trust, more meaningful connections and empowerment in our lives.

NVC can create a path for healing and reconciliation and has been applied in many situations and settings around the world including intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations. This process is simple and yet powerfully transformative.

Michael has benefitted, over the course of a number of  years, attending training 'intensives' with Dr Marshall Rosenberg and became a Certified Trainer in NVC in 2005. He has integrated this approach into all aspects of his work, especially in his couples counselling.