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It was personal relationships that brought me to NVC. Despite an extensive training in body psychotherapy and coaching and many years of personal work, I found myself floundering in 2015. A neighbour of mine approached me one day and offered me the 4 disc CD set of Marshall's book and within 15 minutes of listening, I had the realisation that there was another way. A two day workshop in London, whetted my appetite and by the time I finished a ten-day intensive training in the Netherlands in early 2016, I knew I wanted to really explore this framework. By the time I left that training, I had approached Gina Lawrie to be my assessor.
After many years exploring "self-improvement", NVC provides me with an open, humble and real way of connecting with people and myself. Conflicts have become opportunities to connect. Judgements have become a way of understanding myself and others. I can be braver and more honest with others and that really fulfils my need to be real. The genius of Marshall Rosenberg to highlight needs along with thoughts and emotions opens up a whole different dimension to connecting. I am continually excited that needs provide a foundation for all to connect with their emotions and to relate to their emotions as a guide.