“We have only two motives: to express what is alive in us
and a desire to enrich life.”
-Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication
To help you trust and appreciate your own value; through really hearing and understanding you, honoring your desires and autonomy, and joyful celebration.
Hi. My name’s Alex Leach and I opened my practice in Davis, CA in March, 2012.
I’m passionate about Nonviolent Communication, also called Compassionate Communication. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps you speak with compassion without compromising the authenticity of your message. It makes the hard conversations easier by inviting in understanding, acceptance, and support. NVC calls you to let your guard down, to be open and vulnerable especially in the hardest of situations. This allows you to transform conflicts into opportunities for intimacy. And so, NVC is the path back to what we all secretly hope is true…that relationships and communication really can be simple and also deep.
Most problems and fights stem from trouble communicating. More often than not, it is how you say something that upsets others more than the actual content of your message. And its hard to be honest and compassionate when you don’t appreciate your own value. So by trusting yourself, and communicating from a place of compassion and honesty, you’ll feel less stressed, be able to stay calm and rational, and you end up finding solutions that make everyone happier.
Let’s have an authentic, real relationship where you’ll find complete acceptance for who you are and learn skills to stop second guessing yourself. You’ll receive compassion, empathy, validation, warmth, and connection. You’ll begin to see all the things that are beautiful and amazing about yourself, when you no longer have to ask yourself “am I worthy?”, but you trust that your desires are valuable and meaningful to you. You’ll gain tools and resources that will help you address long-standing issues in your life. Discover that you already are the person you’ve always wanted to be.
I studied Psychology and Philosophy in undergrad at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg,VA. I’m a graduate of the Interchange Counseling Institute with over two hundred hours of instruction and over fifty overseen counseling hours. I’ve studied Nonviolent Communication with a teacher in Sacramento, at the BayNVC center, and with the online NVC Academy. From August 2013 – October 2015 I worked as a communication coach and instructor with the Relationship Skills Center in Sacramento; the Relationship Skills Center works with low-income families, couples, and single parents to develop communication and conflict resolution skills. I was also a founding member of the Nonviolent Communication Committee at Occupy Sacramento.