Family, workplace, and athletic community disputes involving LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color.
Sure, having conflict is a normal part of the human experience, but what do you do when you’re stuck in a negative communication cycle with an individual or group of people?
You can take a breath now because you've come to the right space. Effective conflict resolution strategies are ways help you gain a better understanding of your situation. You can walk away with tools that will help you tackle those difficult conversations with family, friends, coworkers, and even issues within yourself.
No matter the type of conflict you are experiencing, you deserve someone who will create space for you to work through your issue in a safe, effective manner. I know confronting conflict can feel very vulnerable, especially with someone who is hearing about your situation for the first time. In fact, I know exactly how vulnerable that is!
I had no idea how anxious and avoidant I was when confronted with conflict until I began seeking support. As a Black gay woman, I hesitated often to address conflict because I often felt unseen and unheard or developed assumptions about how I wouldn’t be taken serious based on my identity. I was ecstatic to find out that it was possible for me to feel heard AND hear the other person's perspective without getting my feelings hurt all over again. I was capable of confronting the discomfort around conflict with the right strategies and shifts in communication. Talk about freedom!
The heart behind my work is simple and pure: I want you to spend your time celebrating with friends and family, focusing on achieving your goals in the workplace, and being decisive in your life. I want you to experience courage when faced with conflict and balance as you build new relationships — and to be empowered by your outcomes and solutions.
I believe at the core of change is solid relationship building and am aware of the need for effective conflict resolution strategies in communities and workplaces. I create safe spaces individuals to address their issues by interrupting the harm cycle caused by conflict and transforming the way they communicate and relate to each other. As a result, my clients establish and maintain camaraderie, they experience more healing than harm in relationships, and they build resilience which increases their ability to bounce back after challenges.
I am currently the Program Coordinator, thought partner, and mediator at SEEDS Community Resolution Center. I worked for seven years as an educator before transitioning to the legal profession, gaining valuable knowledge in the areas of family law, mediation, and disability rights. I am one of six team members developing an intensive racial and cultural conflict training program with the Center for Understanding in Conflict based in Marin where I also serve as a Board Member.