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.

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., available on Amazon

The Body Never Lies by Alice Miller, available on Amazon

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine, available on Amazon

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:

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 are 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. You can do an internet search on any of these titles to learn more.

  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

  • Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee 

  • Becoming What you Need by David Weinstock

  • ACT with Love by Russ Harris 

  • The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carrol

  • Your Resonant Self by Sarah Peyton

  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

  • How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

  • Circle of Stones: Woman’s Journey to Herself by Judith Duerk

  • From the Christ Mind & From the Christ Mind, Book II by Darrell Morley Price

  • Don’t Be Nice, Be Real by Kelly Bryson, MFT

  • The Empathy Factor by Marie R. Miyashiro

  • Being Genuine by Thomas D’Ansembourg

  • Words That Work in Business by Ike Lasater with Julie Stiles

  • Nonviolent Communication by Wayland Myers PhD

  • Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids by Sura Hart & Victoria Kindle Hodson

  • Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook by Lucy Leu

  • What We Say Matters by Judith Hanson Lasater & Ike K. Lasater

  • Choose Your Words by Melanie Sears, PhD

  • Facilitating with Heart by Martha Lasley

  • Connecting Across Differences by Jane Marantz Connor, PhD & Dian Killian, PhD

  • Anger, Guilt and Shame by Liv Larsson

  • You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For by Richard C. Schwartz