Erin Merrihew

(CNVC Certified Trainer)

Erin Merrihew

I am a Communication Coach & Facilitator based in Seattle. 

My work offers a rich exploration of how our minds and hearts work that naturally invites a more empowered, joyful way of living! My specialized approach supports clients to become mindful, process their feelings, express themselves authentically, listen deeply to others, align with their unique purpose, and take meaningful action. I weave together concepts from Nonviolent CommunicationEmpathic CoachingNeuro-linguistic Programming, The Clarity Compass, mindfulness meditation, and various personal development models to gently push each of my clients toward their growth edge. 

I am an Independent Trainer through Northwest Compassionate Communication, adventurous world traveler, Spanish speaker, singer-songwriter, nature lover, and life-long learner. I began studying NVC intensively in early 2013, joined the Cultural Catalyst Network later that year, and completed an apprenticeship with CNVC Certified Trainer & Assessor Karl Steyaert in December 2014. I am a graduate of the 2015 Empathic Livelihood Program and 2015 BayNVC Leadership Program, and am honored to be an assistant for the 2016 cohort of the BayNVC Leadership Program. I have a BA in Sociology & Spanish from the University of Washington, and am certified in Permaculture Design

It is truly my pleasure to help you step into your most authentic, vibrant self! 

With gratitude,

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Upcoming Trainings

Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Mondays 7-9pm on 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 (SKIP 2/25), 3/5, 3/12 & 3/19

How would your life improve if you could stay openhearted through conflict? If you could process difficult feelings without isolating or shaming yourself? If you could meet yourself and others with dignity and compassion instead of judgment and blame? Join us for 8 sessions of hands-on learning around compassionate, effective communication!

Sun, Feb 11, 2018

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLAYING FOR PEACE: A Workshop For Adults & Youth Ages 7 & Up (Erin Merrihew, Oohna Hwyl) (Northeast Seattle)

Emotions are universal—we all experience them. No matter who we are or where we come from, feelings color our inner worlds and inform our choices every single day. Yet as influential as feelings are in shaping our lives, surprisingly few of us have the tools and knowledge to engage with them in a productive way, let alone support those around us in doing so. Join us for a fun afternoon of exploring the mysterious realm of our emotions through playful games and activities!

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships. Yet as important as they are, setting them is neither simple nor easy! Many of us struggle to be clear within ourselves about the boundaries we want, let alone communicate them gracefully. How do we set boundaries in an empowered yet caring way? How do we stand our ground around what we want (or don’t want) and still remain open-hearted? Join us for an evening workshop to explore the art of boundary-setting!

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY WORKSHOP (Erin Merrihew) (Northeast Seattle)

The phenomenon of taking things personally is pretty much universal: we all experience it. And, it’s involuntary! We don’t choose to take something personally—it just happens. How do we catch ourselves in the act of taking something personally, and pivot into a healthier response? How do we break the trance of reactivity, and do something intentional instead?