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

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Boundaries are essential to our emotional wellbeing. Yet as important as boundaries are, setting them is neither simple nor easy! 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 a day-long deep dive into sacred boundary-setting!

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Wednesdays 12-2pm on 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 and 6/12

Relationships are the fabric of our lives. We need each other, and we know it. Yet all too often, conflicts get in the way of us achieving what we truly want together. 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?

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Wednesdays 7-9pm on 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 & 6/12

Embodying and living Compassionate Communication is not always easy, but it can be done—and it is absolutely worth it. It takes a village (or a handful of willing, dedicated people to start), some perseverance, and some practice. Well, lots of practice. And you, dear human, are ready. Together we will dust off our basic Compassionate Communication tools and get tons of hands-on practice applying these tools to real-life situations. We’ll deepen our self-connection, listening and self-expression skills. We’ll support one another to stretch, grow, and stand tall in our authenticity. I can’t wait to have you.