Katie Testa is Founder and Executive Director of Metro Detroit Nonviolent Communication, where she provides training, mentoring, coaching, public speaking, and consulting services across the Great Lakes Region and internationally. She is a Lead Trainer, Mentor, and Program Coordinator for the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication, and also serves as US Liaison for the International Attachment Network.
Connecting with and supporting people as they learn this new way of thinking and being brings deep meaning, purpose, and inspiration to Katie. She enjoys sharing this unique peacemaking skill set and consciousness with anyone who is motivated to learn, empowering them to connect more deeply and authentically with both themselves and others. Holding a vision of a peaceful, connected world comprised of life serving systems, Katie focuses her efforts toward societal change via facilitating connection within individuals and their relationships.
Beyond her expertise in Nonviolent Communication, Katie is informed and inspired by a variety of modalities and frameworks, including but not limited to:
Internal Family Systems Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory (applied to both parenting and romantic relationships), Nathaniel Branden’s work with self-esteem, and Trauma Theory (ACE study).
Because of her creativity and devotion to integrating NVC consciousness, her dynamic life experience is now a deep resource for her clients. Practicing peaceful and attachment parenting with her 3 children, who span from age 7 to 13, and radically unschooling them, provides her clients with unique and valuable insights and perspective that have the potential to transform struggles and confusion into connection and clarity. Navigating a difficult divorce and co-parenting relationship, and her history as a “juvenile delinquent”, also give her an intimate understanding of the challenges many modern families face.
Her other interests include yoga, meditation, the therapeutic use of psychedelics, voluntaryism, compassionate anarchism, permaculture, cryptocurrencies and other innovative technologies, playing ukulele, and mycology.