Our Approaches — Overview
Life at Work is unique in bringing together three acclaimed approaches — Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC), Focusing and Mindfulness. These three internationally acknowledged approaches underpin everything we do. Each process holds its own wisdom, perspectives and insights. Together, they are outstandingly congruent and complimentary.
Stress Reduction & Well-being
Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist approach to dealing with stress, dissatisfaction and unhappiness — and for bringing about an alert and vibrant sense of calm. Now widely taught as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), this approach includes a variety of relaxation exercises and mediations which help us to understand and resolve stress patterns, to develop natural resilience in the face of difficulties, and to find new perspectives and approaches to old situations.
Origins: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a classic introduction to mindfulness practice, usually taught over eight weeks. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (b.1944) in late 20th century, its extensive research base means that MBSR is now clinically proven to reduce suffering and stress, both physical and emotional.
Communication & Mediation
Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC) is an approach ideal for collaboration, conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation and empathic interaction. It covers different aspects of communication: proactive expression, receptive listening and inner reflection.
Origins: Developed by clinical psychologist, Marshall Rosenberg (b.1934) in the late 20th century, NVC combines a development of the existential-phenomenological behaviourist theories of Abraham Maslow (1908–1970) with the person-centred, humanistic methods of Carl Rogers (1902-1987). NVC now has an international network of certified trainers teaching across the world.
Focusing is a powerful, in-depth approach to emotional intelligence. It teaches how to understand and engage with feelings, moods, impulses, intuition and outer behaviours. This develops clear inner direction, creativity, subtle knowledge, embodied change and exquisite listening — and allows for organic change, where needed.
Origins: Originating with the work of the influential philosopher and psychologist, Eugene Gendlin (b.1926), a close collaborator of the famous Carl Rogers (1902-1987), Focusing develops both the methods and reach of person-centred, humanistic psychology. Gendlin’s in-depth philosophy of the implicit is complimented in practical terms by Focusing and Thinking at the Edge — two procedures which are now used world-wide by specialists and non-specialists alike for discovering and exploring the inner world.
We also use Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) pyschometric testing to increase understanding of differences in how people process and respond.