Rick-&-Aviva-2011Rick:

My  email is longinotti  at baymoon dot com

I encountered Marshall Rosenberg when a friend invited me to a workshop in 2001. It was good timing. I had trouble relating to a co-worker and difficult interactions with my teenagers. I was ripe to learn something new.

I’m grateful for the changes I’ve experienced in my family relationships and community involvement. NVC has given me a different relationship to myself. Everything else flows from there.

In 2004, I co-founded NVC Santa Cruz along with Jean, Christine, and Aviva, my life partner. We’ve been together 41 years. We have two adult children. I enjoy leading workshops for couples, and on NVC and social advocacy.

Inspired by NVC, I left my electrical contracting business to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. My private practice focuses on couples, men and relationships, parents and teens, and family reconciliation. I lead a weekly groups in the County Jail.

Aviva

Email:   Aviva at NVCsantacruz dot org.

Learning Compassionate Communication has been a very positive addition to my personal and professional life and to my worldview in general. Not only has NVC helped me to improve communication with family, friends and co-workers, but, more importantly it has given me a deeper understanding and acceptance of myself.

My relationship with Rick was close before NVC. Now I have the compassion for myself and for him to overcome difficult issues between us. The same is true for my relationship with my adult son and daughter. “Self-acceptance” and “Honesty with out Blame” are two of the key components to the depth and usefulness of my NVC practice.

Besides personal relationships, NVC has the potential to transform workplace and organizational communication patterns and habits. I have seen the positive affects of NVC skills at meetings, daily office interactions, patient/doctor relations, manager/team member conflicts, etc.

I started learning NVC in 2001 and I’ve been teaching since 2003. I’ve been a guest lecturer in Sociology, Psychology, and Education for Sustainable Living classes at UCSC. I helped to co-found NVCSC and serve on the Board of Directors

The areas of teaching NVC that I have an affinity for are:
Organizations, Introductory Presentations, Social Activism and Couples Classes.