Here is a list of many of the teachers, modalities, and frameworks that I draw from and integrate into my work.

There is so much helpful material out there, and I am only listing a few that I have personally used and been trained in.

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Nonviolent Communication

NVC is a foundational, grounding philosophy in all my work. I highly recommend that people study this transformative process with experienced trainers and with their local communities. You can learn more about NVC here:

The Center for Nonviolent Communication

NVC Academy

Body-Based Therapies & Trauma Healing

If you have trouble getting “into” your body, you might want to explore a variety of body-based therapies to help you reconnect to your embodied self. Since we often “jump out” of our bodies as a result of trauma, many of these modalities focus on healing trauma. Here are some places to start exploring:

Somatic Experiencing

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practices

Rosen Method

Myofascial Release

Diane Poole Heller


The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

The Body Never Lies by Alice Miller

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine

Integral Theory & Spiral Dynamics

I am a huge fan of all things Integral Theory and often find myself circling back to Integral Theory to orient myself and my work. One of my favorite parts of Integral theory is the assumption that “everything fits,” and one my favorite teachers in this space is Diane Hamilton. If you want to journey down this rabbit hole, here are some gateways:

Integral Life

Integral Facilitation

Spiral Dynamics

Integral Relationships

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Relationship Help

There are so many excellent people in this space that I can’t possibly do justice to the long list. That said, here are a few core people for me:

Terry Real

Esther Perel

Dr. Sue Johnson

Pia Mellody

Dr. Nan Wise

Dan Savage podcast

Local Referrals

Referrals for therapists, bodyworkers, and NVC trainers who are local to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area may be available upon request. Please contact us if you’re looking for a recommendation. We also recommend the referrals page at for a comprehensive list of hotlines, psychologists, therapists, and more. 

Recommended Reading

Conversations from the Heart participants have shared their favorite books that complement the study and practice of Nonviolent Communication, aside from the quintessential writings of Marshall Rosenberg. View the list here.