Stephanie Bachmann Mattei

CNVC Certified Trainer from Land O Lakes, Florida

Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, the mother of 3 children (biological and adopted), was born and raised in Italy, where she earned her Bachelor in Languages and a PhD in Philosophy. Stephanie moved to the USA in 1993 after marrying her husband.

Stephanie is a certified trainer and assessor with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (www.cnvc.org) as well as a 200hr certified Yoga teacher and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - MBSR qualified teacher.   Her core intertwined themes in life are spirituality, parenting, and healing. She is passionate to share her understanding of NVC as a process to empower oneself and others to celebrate the humanity in one's own being, and to encounter the humanity in the other person. In the words of Dr. Bruce Perry, "Being born human does not ensure being humane." 

NVC offers transformational processes to support the journey from human to humane by providing clear tools for healing and reconciliation of warring parts within our psyche, for emerging into our wholeness, for consistently re-connecting with our authenticity, and for practicing the gift of mindful and compassionate presence for ourselves and others.

Parenting is one of Stephanie's niches. Parenting, being a major way of transmitting our unconscious wounds as well as our conditioning to social and cultural blueprints, becomes a powerful and far-reaching tool for social transformation. As Gandhi proclaimed: "If we want to change the world we shall start with the children." 

On the practical level, this led Stephanie to serve for over 10 years as a volunteer leader with La Leche League International. In 2006, Stephanie graduated from the "Parent Peer Leadership Program" (www.nvc-pplp.com ) -a program of the Peaceful Families Peaceful World Project of the International Center for Nonviolent Communication and BayNVC. She has been serving in this program as an assistant first and as a co-trainer since 2009. 

Aware of the specific challenges and joys of raising an adopted child, Stephanie also offers  NVC-based workshops and coaching to adoptive families. 

In Stephanie's experience, parenting inevitably ends up being a call to integrate our unprocessed experiences and to bring healing to ourselves. To that respect, Stephanie loves tying NVC with mindfulness-based neuroscience to support self-understanding, healing, and wholeness.

Stephanie is also one of the assessors of the CALF Program -Candidates Active Learning Forum-, (www.nvccalf.com) serving candidates in the USA and other English speaking countries. Being Italian she also wholeheartedly serves candidates of NVC community in Italy.

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