- MAP Role: International Advisory Board member
- Institution: Center for Nonviolent Communication
- Position: Facilitator and Trainer
- Location: Denmark
- Web profile: NVC Trainer Profile
Kirsten Kristensen is a family therapist, mediator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, through which she has led Nonviolent Communication trainings in Europe, Asia and the United States. For 25 years, Kirsten has devoted her working life to supporting others in personal development. Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow the relational competencies that support social change work. She enjoys working with body, mind and energy consciousness that leads to connection beyond words. People who experience Kirsten’s training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models
what she teaches with a drizzle of humor.
In 2014, Kirsten was on the trainer team for Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal after civil war, which resulted in a documentary “Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good).” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqA2OydkXgg
And through her Danish Association she contributes to NVC in Ukraine, educating “Peace Engineers” through a local NGO – Dignity Space. She leads year-long NVC programs in Denmark and Germany and serves as a consultant and supervisor. She also publishes books on NVC in Danish and films about “Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC” which is now translated into 10 languages.
From her background in therapy Kirsten brings experiences of deep healing and working with transformation processes through body movement and energy work. She holds a passion for transformation processes, and liberating ourselves from what Marshall Rosenberg (founder of NVC) sometimes called “Cultural Crap”.
Kirsten is passionate about NVC because NVC gave her back her life – allowed her to have needs and to want to meet them. It has opened her up to aliveness – a more juicy life. Kirsten sees NVC as a main contributor toward peace in our time, through sharing resources in a fair and adequate manner, so we all can have basic needs met. All children in our world can have love, food, protection and education. She sees how NVC helps families have heart connection and she watches parents regain connection with teenagers in difficulties.