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Chris Gillett CNVC Certified Trainer

I have always been struck by the importance of getting heard: it is such a deep human need.

I am an Occupational Therapist and worked for 20 years as a Local Area Coordinator in disability services. My roles have included counselling, group facilitation, team leadership and community development projects.   I am also married, a mother of four and a grandmother.

NVC is the most effective tool I have come across in all my years of working in human services:

-I find it wonderfully clarifying at work when I am supporting people in difficulty, and I’m often surprised by the “magic” that comes from quality listening.

-I love having effective strategies to help every person have a voice in meetings and groups.

-NVC has been transformative in my family: dissolving conflicts, easing difficult conversations and supporting our children to become confident communicators and wise decision-makers.

I have been teaching NVC since 2005, working with local communities and organisations as diverse as Bidyadanga Remote Community School, Fitzroy Crossing Women’s Centre, WA Council of Social Service, the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA, TAFE Colleges and Fremantle Health Service. In 2014 I had the privilege of presenting NVC trainings to university staff and community peace workers in Sri Lanka, and I have presented sessions at several NVC International Intensive Trainings.

Some feedback from past participants:
“Chris, your skilled facilitation was beautiful.”
“It was a really useful workshop: lots of ideas, lots of strategies, lots of space for talking and for thinking.”
“My life feels richer for having been here this weekend.”

Contact Details

Mobile: 0428 758 544

Trainings offered by Chris Gillett

Locations:  Metropolitan, regional and remote WA.

For people wanting to connect with others: I am keen to support the growing NVC community in WA.  Contact me if you would like to be linked to others in your area.

For foundation skills in Nonviolent Communication:

“Courageous Conversations”.  A  two-day workshop giving you some wonderful new tools for expressing yourself clearly, listening productively and settling yourself when you are upset.

This workshop can be adapted to one day, tailored to specific organisations, hosted in communities or private homes.

For those wanting to refresh and deepen:
“Beyond the Basics”.  A series of half-day sessions on aspects such as inner conflict, transformative listening, strategies for groups.

For conferences and seminars: I offer a one to four hour session introducing key communication tools and choices.


Private sessions

I offer one-to-one communication coaching sessions, either in person or online.


Workplace teams, groups and meetings.
Communication in sexual relationships.
Mental health, disability.
Working together with Indigenous Australians