Robert’s passion is in the spirituality of compassionate communication. He sees compassionate communication both as a process that helps us connect more authentically with ourselves and others, and as a spiritual practice and a way of living.
Robert Gonzales received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication in 1985, and has been offering Nonviolent Communication training in some form since 1986. His original training is as a licensed psychotherapist.
Robert has offered Nonviolent Communication training for community colleges, high schools, churches, social workers, psychologists, mediators, teenagers and public groups. He has taught psychology, counseling and communication at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. In June 2000, he established the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. In June 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon and changed the organization’s name to Center for Living Compassion.
Robert is past President of the board of directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He is a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and a trainer at many NVC Intensive International Trainings. Robert is a former assessor in North America for certifying NVC Trainers. He was one of the co-founders of the NVC Training Institute, a team of NVC trainers who offer in-depth and continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Phyllis held executive positions in non-profit, performing arts organizations for 27 years. In Dayton, she co-founded, developed and directed CITYFOLK, an award winning, multi-cultural performing arts presenting organization for 18 years. She served as the Executive Director of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, Phyllis moved to Chicago and worked as the Executive Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater, a Latino contemporary dance company through the end of 2006.
In February 2007, Phyllis moved to Prescott, Arizona to work with Robert Gonzales at the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. Phyllis is Robert’s full time assistant, managing the day-to-day business administration of the Center and coordinating his national and international trainings. Phyllis moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010 along with Robert and is continuing in the same capacity with the Center for Living Compassion.
Maura has a background in mental health and wellness, graduating with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in 2010. She has worked in administration in both the educational and mental health fields as well.
Maura has been studying and practicing NVC since 2005 when she was introduced to compassionate communication through a two-day workshop led by Marshall Rosenberg. She was in the 2012/2013 US LIFE Program class, and continues to study in related and specialized areas of body-based depth work.
Maura is a part-time administrative assistant to Robert and works closely with Phyllis in managing the day-to-day functioning of the Center for Living Compassion.