I have been committed integrating NVC both personally and professionally since my first Foundation Training in 2004. NVC supports my desire to joyfully transform both my inner and outer worlds through compassion, cooperation, consciousness and curiosity. It gives me concrete tools to practice right speech and actions within my Buddhist spiritual practice and in my day-to-day life.
I combine Nonviolent Communication with Focusing (www.focusing.org) and Mindfulness. Focusing is a special way of tapping into your embodied wisdom. These subtle bodily feelings are both your source of wisdom and your source of life energy.
My passion is to empower individuals with skills that contribute to their ongoing personal growth and emotional well-being and to empower groups and organisations with skills that contribute to their mission through the practice of intentional and conscious communication.
I offer both coaching for individuals and trainings for small groups both face to face, on-line and by telephone. I have taught in the field of adult education in vocational educational (TAFE & industry/business settings), youth at risk and community settings for over 20 years. I have been involved with the delivery of NVC training to staff in TAFE NSW and have mentored teachers in communicating with students ‘from the heart”. I have been featured in a NSW Department of Education DVD on “Supporting Teachers who work with Young People” and the SBS documentary “Divorce Stories”.
Special interest areas:
- Foundation Trainings in Compassionate Communication
- Conflict Coaching ~ change how you relate to current or past conflicts
- Communicating to Connect Mediation & Supported Conversations
- Heartfelt Coaching ~ supporting you in creating the life you desire
- High-Clarity Coaching for times of transition, decision-making or stuckness.
- Sustainable Separations
Telephone: (02) 8064 4406
Mobile: 0403 125 332
Transformative Communication Foundation Course
A year long course of 10 meetings (on the first Saturday morning of the month, 10am-12pm) bringing you a way of both being with yourself and connecting to others. The monthly meetings will enable you to successfully integrate Transformative Communication into your life.
We'll focus our practice using structured learning exercises practicing a particular skill each month as well as taking the time to engage empathically with each other. We will re-train our old automatic reactive patterns into responsive compassionate communication while building our confidence in a safe, supportive and understanding environment.
Transformative Communication Foundational Workshop
2 day workshop - on demand, get started with just 4 participants
Are you feeling stuck in old patterns of communication? Do you want to find a way to listen to others while staying in touch with yourself? Do you want to break a cycle of arguments and resentment? Do you want to express yourself honestly with confidence? Then create your chance to enjoy this interactive, stimulating Transformative Communication workshop - you just need to create your own group of 4-8 participants.
You will learn ways to:
- Accurately hear what other people feel and need, even when they express themselves in a hostile manner.
- Resolve conflicts in ways that increase trust and mutual understanding.
- Break patterns of thinking that lead to self-criticism, blame, guilt, pity, anger or depression.
- Create the life and relationships you desire, one step at a time, by understanding and meeting your deepest values and needs.
Leona is based in Sydney and offers private sessions & coaching by phone, on-line and in person in:
Communicating to Connect Mediation for Reconciliation & Resolution
NVC based mediation focuses on connection before outcome, and then outcomes emerging from that connection. This process allows each party to trust they have been heard and understood to their satisfaction by the other party - heard not only as to their "story", but heard as to the underlying human needs that have not been met in the conflict. With this connection present, the process moves to collaborative problem solving. Benefits to you can begin with the initial contact with us. I reflect back to you what I hear you say and help you clarify how to proceed in alignment with your values. I help you make a plan that may include either my mediation or communication coaching services, or a combination of both in ways that increase the likelihood that you will get your needs met in relationship to the other person.
Communicating to Connect mediation works with what is alive in the parties right now: their feelings, their needs, and what would make life even better in this moment. Once connection has been achieved and needs and values heard, solutions tend to emerge easily and spontaneously.
Compassionate Self-Connection through Heartfelt Coaching
Would you like to breathe new life into your emotional landscape? Do you enjoy flexibility and personal service? Would you like to learn the 7 steps for transforming communication while exploring and resolving your own concerns? Heartfelt Coaching can help you get beyond logic & traditional thinking to explore options and find answers that allow you to express who you are, enable you to realise your potential, and embrace your values and natural talents. You will develop skills to use in your daily life. You can practice difficult conversations that may be coming up in your life to develop the skills and language to bring about the change you want to see. Or you can explore existing patterns in your life that seem to bring discomfort and pain. You can learn to transform pain, difficulty and discomfort into clarity, compassion, consciousness and life serving actions.
Do you have a habit that's causing you pain, affecting your health, finances, your loved ones or career or just plain old wasting your time? You hear yourself saying “I should change BUT…I really have tried before and failed SO...It is all too much ANYWAY...”
SMART Transformations can help you acquire new useful habits and to transform existing, undesired habits. SMART Transformations are incremental action-based steps towards creating the life you deserve. They are Simple, Manageable, Achievable, Realistic, with a Timeframe of only 21 dedicated days. SMART Transformations are based on understanding and being compassionately conscious of our needs and values and the strategies we employ to meet them. You will receive 20 mins of coaching each week, an e-journal supporting your journey and recording your achievements and a daily email of encouragement and optional strategies to enhance your success.
Are you in a time of transition? Are you trying to make one or more decisions? Are you feeling stuck or blocked somewhere in your life? Have you tried all kinds of ways to change or improve your life but something seems to get in the way? Conscious-Clarity Coaching involves your whole self: body, heart & mind. It takes you through a 5 step process where you find out what your heart desires, you explore the options which feel right, you check in for the best option, you make a decision that you can celebrate.
Creating Sustainable Separations
Sustainable separations offer a way to move past the story...the “what happened” and “who did what” of your marriage and separation. Realising that separation and divorce are verbs...they are something you always doing every time you meet, discuss something or have to work out arrangements Sustainable Separations offers tools to turn the feeling of “just wanting it over” to creating a “life-serving separation that supports moving forward positively”. Sustainable Separations offers the possibility of an alternative to costly court proceedings.
By being deeply heard you are able to get in touch with those places within yourself needing attention and space. Through the experience of “Transformative Listening” you can explore your feelings and needs in an atmosphere of trust and safety. Transformative Listening is neither counselling nor therapy; it is a simple, compassionate personal hearing.